Let Us Pay Taxes
Please sign the petition to let marijuana producers and distributors pay taxes
What is this all about?
California is in trouble (again) with its
budget. As this is written (August, 2007), there are plans to cut one billion
dollars from important rapid transit projects. There are also plans to cut back
welfare for the elderly and disabled and to cut back drug treatment programs
for prisoners. Cutting back on important programs will simply cause more
problems in the future -- with higher demands on the budget.
In order to try to make up the shortfall,
the state of California is in negotiations with Indian casinos for a portion of
casino revenues. The amount of money to be gained is between $200 million and
$500 million per year. However, this battle has been going on for years with no
quick resolution in sight -- and it wouldn't fill the budget gap, anyway.
We offer a solution.
The producers and sellers of marijuana
offer the state of California at least one billion dollars in additional tax
revenue every year -- and nobody is arguing.
What will this do?
It can fill the current California budget gap
all by itself. No more disputes about what to cut and the legislators can take
the summer off.
It can fund rapid transit.
It can fund welfare for the elderly and disabled.
It can fund drug education programs in schools and
other drug abuse prevention efforts.
It can fund prisoner treatment programs, thus
reducing crime and saving even more tax dollars in the future.
It will stop needless prosecutions of sick people
for marijuana offenses.
It can provide for safe and well-regulated medicinal
marijuana supplies for the sick.
It will stop the transfer of billions of dollars per
year to foreign criminal gangs.
It will boost local economies.
It will get marijuana out of the criminal
It can provide for regulations on product quality,
content and warning labels, and product liability insurance.
It will save billions of tax dollars
currently spent on useless criminal prosecutions for marijuana.
It will free up police and courts for addressing
real crime issues.
It will help the balance of foreign trade and boost
the value of the dollar internationally.
The Marijuana Producers and Distributors of
California make a simple request:
TAKE OUR MONEY
A sensible marijuana policy can make big
changes in our society. It can produce a big reduction in government costs and
a huge increase in taxes.
Please show your support and
sign the petition to Let Us Pay
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