Policy

Marijuana Taxes on 2016 Ballots

A non-California-centric condensation of Best Marijuana Taxes Yet: California’s Proposition 64. Marijuana legalization is reaching new heights of public approval, and voters will see new ballot proposals in five states this November. Weak taxes taint four of the initiatives — Arizona’s Proposition 205, Maine’s Question 1, Massachusetts’s Question, and 4 Nevada’s Question 2. But California’s Proposition […]

Best Marijuana Taxes Yet: California’s Proposition 64

Two devastating traps threaten taxes on newly legalized marijuana. One is the quicksand of inflexibility, leading to impotence during a whirlwind of market change. The other is playing favorites, opening an abyss of tax evasion. California’s Proposition 64, on the ballot in November, avoids those traps better than any marijuana initiative voters have ever seen. […]

Health Policy Analysis of Proposition 64

I give California’s Proposition 64 very high marks for tax structure, avoiding two deadly tax traps “better than any marijuana initiative voters have ever seen..” I asked Rachel Barry, a public health expert and my good friend and conscientious colleague on the Newsom-ACLU California Blue Ribbon Commission on marijuana legalization, what she thinks of Proposition […]

Federal Agents Mad 'Cause I'm Flagrant

Diane Goldstein, ‎Executive Board Member – ‎Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), spoke at the October Women Grow event in Los Angeles. The Adult Use Marijuana Act (AUMA) initiative is eligible for the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Maine all have adult use legalization initiatives on the ballot. AUMA, also known as […]

Staging Marijuana Taxes

Here’s how to start low and go slow: Not just phase-ins of rates, but staged effective dates for each new excise tax or tax base, one by one—that’s the insight from the Hoover Institution’s Alvin Rabushka’s enormous Taxation in Colonial America, now discounted to under $30 in paperback. RAND-Vermont put it this way: “The simplest, […]

Rockefeller, Taxes, and Alcohol in the Early 1930s

Why did John D. Rockefeller, Jr., look for safe ways to deal with alcohol, and so commission the study, “Toward Liquor Control,” that recommended state monopoly sales? My view, which I tweeted, is: “Rockefeller liked but couldn’t maintain alcohol Prohibition; faced reality with retreat to state liquor stores.” My friend Kevin Sabet replied, “Actually, Rockefeller […]

Their Way or the Highway…

There has been a fair bit of press focusing on proposed California law AB 2300, and its implications for tenants and landlords. AB 2300, proposed by assembly member Jim Wood, specifies that the law which allows qualified cannabis patients in california to possess and use their medicine does not entitle them to smoke their cannabis […]

Cannabis and Violence

A recent study published the news that cannabis use is correlated with increased violent behavior. The researchers followed young males from the ages of 8 to 56, and found that those who used cannabis were more likely to commit violent offenses. This may be a surprise to many in the cannabis community. As a cannabis […]

Smoking Cannabis and Cancer

Walk into a California dispensary and prominently displayed at eye level is likely a sign that reads, “Smoke from cannabis contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer. State of California Prop 65 warning.” Most young people probably don’t read the sign. But imagine the arthritic 75 year old visiting a dispensary for the […]

Super Bowl Cannabis Consumption

This weekend tens of thousands of out-of-state visitors will hit the bay area for Super Bowl 50. This begs the question, can they legally enjoy northern California’s finest herb? Recently, David Downs of SF Gate’s Smell the Truth blog published a cannabis primer for those attending Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. For […]

To De-schedule or Reschedule Marijuana

At Stony Brook University, Dale Deutsch, a professor of cell biology, keeps his marijuana in a locked refrigerator within a locked room. This has more to do with the strict federal regulations in place for researchers working with marijuana for medical purposes than fear of theft by college stoners. Deutsch says it took nearly a […]

2016 And Beyond

As we close the books on 2015 and look to the future, we thought it would be beneficial to outline short, medium and long term trends to watch that we believe will affect marijuana industry growth. The velocity and breadth of growth in the marijuana industry will in most part be determined by the pace […]

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