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    Rhode Island governor to call for legalization of recreational marijuana

    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-w...onal-marijuana

    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) will call for legalized recreational marijuana in her 2019 budget proposal later this week.

    Raimondo told the Providence Journal that her decision to move forward on the issue was made with “reluctance.”
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    Stated reason: neighboring states are reaping the tax benefits of legal pot.
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    Re: Rhode Island governor to call for legalization of recreational marijuana

    Quote Originally Posted by JacksinPA View Post
    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-w...onal-marijuana

    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) will call for legalized recreational marijuana in her 2019 budget proposal later this week.

    Raimondo told the Providence Journal that her decision to move forward on the issue was made with “reluctance.”
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    Stated reason: neighboring states are reaping the tax benefits of legal pot.
    I consider the governor's reasoning utterly fatuous. These supposed tax benefits are overstated to the point of ridiculousness. We keep hearing the mantra of those who wish to legalize these drugs "Let's legalize it, tax it and regulate it." Those taxes and regulations only apply to those marijuana growers, distributors and sellers who actually submit themselves to the government's regulation. States such as California and Colorado that have legalized Marijuana have seen a spike in black market sales, both in their home states and exporting unregulated marijuana to neighboring states where it is still illegal. Why would anyone pay overtaxed marijuana from a licensed dealer when they can buy their pleasure cheaper from their old illegal (now decriminalized) drug dealer? The only way someone could make such a statement is either utter ignorance of the issue or baleful dishonesty.
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    Re: Rhode Island governor to call for legalization of recreational marijuana

    Quote Originally Posted by Felis Leo View Post
    I consider the governor's reasoning utterly fatuous. States such as California and Colorado that have legalized Marijuana have seen a spike in black market sales, both in their home states and exporting unregulated marijuana to neighboring states where it is still illegal. Why would anyone pay overtaxed marijuana from a licensed dealer when they can buy their pleasure cheaper from their old illegal (now decriminalized) drug dealer? The only way someone could make such a statement is either utter ignorance of the issue or baleful dishonesty.
    Lots of people buy from the stores. It's a lot less hassle that going through a dealer. The prices are pretty much on par with what one was paying a dealer from. It's legal. Support local businesses and growers. There's lots of reasons to just go to the store for this. And evidently, lots of people do because we make a lot of tax revenue off of it.
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    Re: Rhode Island governor to call for legalization of recreational marijuana

    Quote Originally Posted by Felis Leo View Post
    I consider the governor's reasoning utterly fatuous. States such as California and Colorado that have legalized Marijuana have seen a spike in black market sales, both in their home states and exporting unregulated marijuana to neighboring states where it is still illegal. Why would anyone pay overtaxed marijuana from a licensed dealer when they can buy their pleasure cheaper from their old illegal (now decriminalized) drug dealer? The only way someone could make such a statement is either utter ignorance of the issue or baleful dishonesty.
    Don't know about CA, but here in CO drug dealing is still against the law
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    Re: Rhode Island governor to call for legalization of recreational marijuana

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Don't know about CA, but here in CO drug dealing is still against the law
    Oh, most certainly. But how many people have been jailed for illegally distributing black market marijuana? Or purchasing illegally dealt marijuana? I do not imagine it is enough to dissuade people from continuing to purchase or distribute it.
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    Re: Rhode Island governor to call for legalization of recreational marijuana

    Quote Originally Posted by Felis Leo View Post
    Oh, most certainly. But how many people have been jailed for illegally distributing black market marijuana? Or purchasing illegally dealt marijuana? I do not imagine it is enough to dissuade people from continuing to purchase or distribute it.
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    I don't know. You should probably do some research so you know what you are talking about...at least, when you are talking about my state.
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