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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Local NORML chapter debates taxation/legalization models

From a leading voice with MassCann/NORML.
"I believe the tobacco model is not a good one to promote. I am writing a detailed argument stating the reasons. Adults who do not have a history of selling drugs to kids should be allowed to buy a $200 license to grow up to 50 plants. Growing more than 50 plants or growing without paying for the $200 license should be discouraged by reasonable fines (not jail). Failure to buy the license should be a $600 fine. Every plant over the 50 allowed should be a $100 fine.

We don’t need to promulgate a huge series of laws and fines regarding sales and distribution. Vastly reduce the penalties in place now and allow “gifting” between adults."

Part of my response:

What you are suggesting is to allow police to search people's houses. What you are suggesting is for the state govt. to compile a list of growers.

You later make the case, that you can write the law, so the license doesn't later get raised to say a $1000 a year but yet the government can do anything they want after the fact. They can vote to amend or change any bill or law that exists.

How does this tax, I mean license help get it legalized? What's the projected revenues vs. if they legalize the way that tobacco and beer are?

I am opposed to all efforts to tax or license personal grows for non commercial use. How about you?

Is it ok with you to create a license to grow for personal use? To fine those who don't get the license? Many will not register, we know this from the compliance rate for dog licensing. Why allow the police into your home to count your plants when it's clearly not going to help pass a legalization bill. I've yet to hear any politician ask for it. Then why do it? Vote on the new poll, related to this.

1 comment:

  1. I heartily agree with this member of MASS CAN when they say:

    "We don’t need to promulgate a huge series of laws and fines regarding sales and distribution"

    But I also think Mike has some very presient arguments against the proposed licensing of personal cultivation.  Over the last year or two I have cobbled together what I call the MERP Model after over 20 years of seeing the damage done in the name this so-clled "War on Marijuana."

    In essence the MERP model allows "unlimited, unregulated, untaxed" self cultivtion for all adults over the age of 18.  It does not preclude commercial licensing or taxation although this aspect of the model is still in an evolutionary stage.  I suppose the main tenent of the MERP Model is the fact that Marijuana is far LESS dangerous than many other drugs and should therefore be treated accordingly.  If you would like to learn more about the MERP Model please go to the following link.

    Yours in Peace and Freedom,

    Bruce W. Cain


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