California Marijuana Ban Gets Legislative Review After 96 Years

Ryan Flinn and Michael Marois report for Bloomberg:

California’s Assembly will consider lifting its 96-year-old ban on marijuana, decriminalizing the drug and taxing it like alcohol, as the state seeks ways out of its worst financial crisis since World War II.

The Assembly’s Public Safety Committee will discuss the social, fiscal and legal implications of legalizing and regulating marijuana in Sacramento today, said Quintin Mecke, a spokesman for Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

It would be the first time the issue has been considered by the Legislature since the ban on marijuana use went into effect in 1913, according to a statement from the San Francisco Democrat.

“It is time to take our heads out of the sand and start to regulate this $14 billion industry,” Ammiano said in the statement. “By doing so, we can enact smart public policy that will bring much-needed revenue into the state and improve public safety by utilizing our limited law enforcement resources more wisely. The move toward regulation is simply common sense.”

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  • Word Eater

    This is a sin tax I can believe in.

  • http://twitter.com/cynththepoet Cynth The Poet

    Not only will the tax revenue help the state, but the quality of the pot would be pretty much guaranteed.

  • LJSearles

    About frikken time

  • tonyviner

    I don't buy it, it is just another way to hush the masses until the health care thing blows over.

  • pro-freedom

    All drugs (victimless crimes) should be made legal.

    The government should get out of the marketplace.

    For a mind-gasm read “For a New Liberty” by Murray Rothbard.

    Wowsers!!! If only I would have been taught this in high school or the university…..

    It's not too late..but it sure is late in the game.

    The U.S. is ABSOLUTELY on a crash course. No doubt in this mind.

    Eternal in Jesus.

  • ethicalBob

    The primary problem with this is the existing problem that already exists between the state and federal laws.

    Clinic that keep medical marijuana STILL get busted by the Feds, even though they are legally sanctioned by the state.

    This isn't likely to change with general decriminalization.

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