Stems and Buds: Marijuana in the News
Because I’m following Marijuana news so as to be informed for articles I write for Humboldt Grow, I find, or people send me, interesting pieces all the time. Here is a list and short excerpts from recent articles that interested people might want to investigate more thoroughly.
Today on MSN-Money Central Online: “In a 2007 study, Jon Gettman, a senior fellow at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, valued the American marijuana trade at $113 billion annually. Between drug enforcement and potential taxes, the federal government and the states were losing almost $42 billion a year by keeping marijuana illegal, the study indicated.” (Hat tip to a friend of mine for sending me the link. He lives in Mexico and his two latest posts –here and here–are wonderful insights into living there with the swine flu outbreak.)
Oakland Council Backs a Tax on Medical Marijuana: “Oakland’s City Council last week approved a 1.8% tax on medicinal marijuana sold in the city. If voters pass the proposal in a July election, Oakland would become the nation’s first city to directly tax the drug, medical-marijuana advocates say.
Such an outcome would further legitimize medical marijuana in California and represent the latest victory for advocates.”…”The owners and managers of Oakland’s four medical-marijuana dispensaries said they approached the city with the idea. “We wanted to further legitimize the medical-marijuana paradigm to show that we are truly willing to assist [Oakland], and to show other cities that there are social benefits to this,” said Keith Stephenson, executive director of Purple Heart Patient Center.”