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Posted on August 19 at 7:36 a.m.
I hope that whoever so carelessly abused our precious forest are caught and punished. However, just as in our nation's first experiment with prohibition, as long as the black market profit incentives remain in place others will inevitably take their place and cause more destruction.
In February, state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, introduced a bill that would allow adults 21 and older to legally possess, grow and sell marijuana. AB 390 seeks to tax and regulate the use of marijuana by adults age 21 and over. A fiscal analysis of this proposal by the State Board of Equalization estimates that AB 390 could raise about $1.4 billion yearly in tax revenue for the state of California. The report estimates that marijuana retail sales would bring $990 million from the bill's proposed $50-per-ounce fee and $392 million in sales taxes.
In addition to raising needed state revenue, taxing and regulating marijuana would end the environmental damage to California's public lands from the cultivation of illicit crops; and improve public safety by redirecting law enforcement efforts to focus on more serious crime.
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