Posted tagged ‘Paraphernalia’

Marijuana to Save California Economy?

February 24, 2009

Tom Ammiano, a rookie state legislator and former San Francisco supervisor,  is hoping to legalize and tax California’s trade in cannabis.

Is this an opportunity to save the California economy?

Interesting thought. Maybe Michael Phelps will join the crusade 🙂

From NBCBayArea.com:

AB 390 “would remove all penalties in California law on cultivation, transportation, sale, purchase, possession, or use of marijuana, natural THC, or paraphernalia for persons over the age of 21,” Ammiano’s press secretary Quintin Mecke told the San Francisco Weekly.

“California has the opportunity to be the first state in the nation to enact a smart, responsible public policy for the control and regulation of marijuana,” he said.

Mecke suggested taxes on the trade could amount to $1 billion according to advocates.

And I’d bet that’s a conservative estimate.

“With the state in the midst of an historic economic crisis, the move towards regulating and taxing marijuana is simply common sense,” Ammiano said at a morning news conference at the state building on Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco.

Estimates value the state’s crop of marijuana at $13.8 billion, double that of the vegetable and grape markets combined. Nationwide, it may be the fourth largest cash crop, behind corn, soy and hay but ahead of wheat.

The proposed bill would allow Californians over the age of 21 to grow, transport, sell, possess and consume the plant, with state and local law enforcement professionals barred from enforcing the federal ban.

The tax would amount to $50 per ounce of marijuana, which retails on the black market for anywhere from $250 to $500 depending on the source and quality.

While it may sound like a pipe dream, with communities from the emerald triangle of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties to liberal districts all along California’s cost all strapped for cash, other lawmakers and voters might just tune in and turn on.

Del Taco Customer Finds Marijuana in To Go Order

October 29, 2008

Well, at least now I know why their Drive Thru line is always so long!

From the Rocky Mountain News:

A customer got more than he bargained for – a small bag of suspected marijuana – when he stopped the other night at a Lakewood restaurant to pick up food for his wife, police said.

The couple called police after they opened the bag of food and found the surprise inside, police spokesman Steve Davis said.

Police went to the Del Taco Restaurant, 5240 S. Wadsworth Blvd., and questioned the employee who had waited on the husband at the drive- up. The worker denied the marijuana was his, but a small amount of marijuana was found in a backpack in his locker, Davis said.

The worker, Dennis Klermund, 26, was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Davis said.