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March 8, 2017 administrator

Two new Congressional Bills have just been introduced that will, if passed, END THE FEDERAL PROHIBITION OF MARIJUANA!

Bill One:

H.R.1227 Ending the Federal Marijuana Prohibition act of 2017

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1227/
Click here to download the PDF version

This bill has bipartisan support and was introduced by republican Rep. Thomas A Garret, Jr of Virginia [R-VA-5]. So far, it has been cosponsored by:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI-2]
Rep. Scott Taylor [R-VA-2]
Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO-2]
Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR-3]
Rep. Don Young [R-AK-At Large]
Rep. Justin Amash [R-MI-3]

Official Title as introduced:

“To limit the application of Federal laws to the distribution and consumption of marihuana, and for other purposes”

 

Bill two:

H.R.975 – Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/975
Click here to download the PDF version

This bill also has bipartisan support and was introduced by republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California [R-CA-48]. So far, it has been cosponsored by:

Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]
Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3]
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]
Rep. McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4]
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]
Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50]
Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]
Rep. Amash, Justin [R-MI-3]
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
Rep. Massie, Thomas [R-KY-4]
Rep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6]
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]

Official Title as introduced:

“To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.”

 

FANTASTIC! HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Please contact your representative! Just enter your zip code, click your representatives name and you’ll be taken to their website. All of them have a contact button, click that and let your representative know you want them to support state rights and defend his or her constituents voice.

Alternatively, there’s another little known trick, YOU CAN TEXT YOUR ZIP-CODE to 520-200-2223 and it will reply with your representatives names and phone numbers!

Phone calls are best, letters next, then e-mails! If you can, please call them!


For people who don’t know what to say here’s a quick draft below:

“Hello Congress(wo)man [REPRESENTATIVE-NAME-GOES-HERE],

I am a constituent in your district and I am writing to ask you to stand up for me and the 59 percent of Americans who support full marijuana legalization, and the 71 percent who believe that states, not the federal government, should set marijuana policy.

Cannabis is a job creator and a multi billion dollar industry. Please, this is not a partisan issue, this is a state and democracy issue. We cannot allow the federal government to jail citizens for something they voted to legalize. We can’t ignore the needs of those who haven’t had that opportunity yet or depend on it for medicinal purposes.

States are meant to be democracy laboratories and by allowing the federal government to override the will of the people we are destroying the democracy experiment. I urge you to please support H.R. 975 – Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, and H.R.1227 – Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to one of your constituents and supporters”


If you chose to e-mail you can select ‘Health’ ‘Social Issues’ or ‘Other Issues’ as the topic, all should be an option for every congressman.


Many of you at times may have thought, how can I help? Well this is one of those ways. This one thing will take you a couple minutes and when you’re old you can tell your grandkids that you helped fight prohibition and you let your voice be heard.

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST FAR AND WIDE ACROSS YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA  ACCOUNTS! The more people that become aware of this bill the better chance it has of passing. The main stream media is not picking this up. The citizens of this country must advocate for themselves to do what is right and urge members of congress to get this passed.

THANK YOU!


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February 28, 2017 administrator

Press Secretary Sean Spicer threw cannabis advocates for a loop over his suggestion that the Justice Department is not on board with adult-use cannabis in the same way that it accepts, somewhat, the therapeutic uses of the plant for some ailments.

“There’s a big difference between (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana, and I think when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people,” Spicer said in the press room late February. “There is still a federal law that we need to abide by regarding recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature,” Spicer continues.


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January 23, 2017 administrator

It’s been a promising start for the newly legal states that joined pot pioneers in Colorado, Oregon, DC, Washington, and Alaska by passing measures to legalize marijuana in November. Last year, Colorado’s cannabis industry brought in more than $270 million in the first quarter of 2016 alone. We exceeded preliminary estimates, and so did Washington. Now it’s California, Maine, Massachusetts, Arizona and Nevada’s time to shine. As of November, those are the next five states to open up the doors of a recreational marijuana market.

 

A new analysis from the Tax Foundation found nationwide legalization of marijuana could generate up to $28 billion in tax revenues (federal, state, and local). According to the report, that is:

  • $7 billion in federal revenue
  • $5.5 billion from business taxes
  • $1.5 billion from income, plus payroll taxes

 

To break that down further, here’s look at the potential prosperity dispensaries can help unlock in each state.

 

Arizona

Arizona’s Proposition 205 is a welcome accompaniment to the approved medical marijuana bill passed back in 1996. The 15 percent tax on retail sales, business licensing and state and local taxes will bolster the current tax revenue up to $82 million per year by 2020. That amount will go 50-50 to local jurisdictions for their education and public health programs.

 

California

California first approved medical marijuana in 1996 but rejected recreational twice, once in 1972 and again in 2010. The newly successful Proposition 64 ushers the state into the recreational market with an imposed 15 percent tax on retail marijuana sales. They will also tax at the processing and cultivation level, to the tune of  $9.25 per ounce on flowers and $2.75 for every ounce. Then comes the state and local sales taxes. The Tax Foundation estimates tax revenues in California will reach $646 million or more, and California has some impressive plans for all that money. The first $25 million raised will go to health and law enforcement related to cannabis legalization, and youth drug education and treatment. A further 40 percent of future revenue will be evenly split between environmental programs, and programs to reduce the incidents of driving under the influence.

 

Maine

Maine Question 1 was passed in November to expand on the medical marijuana bill passed in 1999. With an imposed 10 percent tax on retail sales, the state is estimating $10.7 million per year in tax revenues. Of that, 98 percent will enter a state general fund, with the remaining 2 percent going to local governments.

 

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Question 4 to expand the medical marijuana program that was opened up in 2012. Question 4 proposes a 3.75 percent tax on all cannabis retail sales, plus a state sales tax of 6.25 percent. What will they do with the $50 million per year that those taxes will bring? Some of it will go toward regulating their new market, and the rest will enter a state general fund.

 

Nevada

Nevada passed Question 2 in November after rejecting a medical marijuana bill in 2000 and another recreational bill in 2002. The bill proposed a 15 percent tax on wholesale marijuana sales, plus licensing fees, and retail-level state and local sales taxes. The expected revenue from this could be $48 million per year or more, conservatively speaking. Nevada plans to pour that revenue into administration, regulation, and some education funds.

 

To compare with the states mentioned, Colorado collected $63 million in tax revenue, plus $13 million in licenses and fees during 2014, the pilot year for totally legal adult cannabis use in the state. For more information on how Colorado spends it’s cannabis tax revenue, the Cannabist—a subsidiary of The Denver Post—wrote this piece that breaks the spending down.



December 29, 2016 administrator

Increase in Colorado Tax Receipts

After nearly three full years of being one of America’s first states to allow open recreational marijuana production and sales, no one can doubt that this “experiment” in state law superseding federal law has been a success in terms of generating sustainable revenue from a product that previously produced no revenue at all for the state.

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September 4, 2014 administrator

Aurora announced Thursday it has awarded licenses to 21 businesses as the city’s first recreational marijuana shops, which can open as soon as Oct. 1.

Each of the city’s six wards are allowed up to four recreational pot shops. There will be four shops each in Wards 1 to 5, and Ward 6 will start with one shop.

The city received 58 applications by the July 31 deadline, and the applications were reviewed on a point system.

The Green Solution, which has four stores in Denver already, will have four stores in Aurora.

Aurora has not had any medical or recreational marijuana sales.

Full Article from Denver Post


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