Per the Los Angeles Times today:
"Washington is one of four states where measures to legalize and regulate marijuana have been introduced, and about two dozen other states are considering bills ranging from medical marijuana to decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the herb...
"Legalization bills were introduced in California and Massachusetts earlier this year, and this month, New Hampshire and Washington state prefiled bills in advance of their legislative sessions that begin in January."
Marijuana is one of America's top-selling agricultural products. One California politician estimates that marijuana sales in his state top $14 billion annually, which would generate new tax revenues of more than $1 billion annual just for the Golden State. On November 2, 2010, Californians will vote via state referendum as to whether or not "Californians over age 21 would be able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, and grow their own plants on a plot up to 5 feet by 5 feet large."
I support full legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana in the same manner as alcohol and tobacco are regulated and taxed. As I describe at Pros & Cons of Legalizing Marijuana, there are dozens of excellent fiscal, law enforcement and social reasons to legalize sale and use of this dried blossom of cannabis sativa and cannabis indica plants.
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