Marijuana Should Be Legalized & Regulated - Congresswoman Sanchez
In California, San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has introduced a measure to the legislature calling for just such a turnabout. In case you were wondering, marijuana is said to be California's biggest cash crop, but as it is illegal, it goes untaxed. The bill's authors claim that decriminalizing and regulating pot could fill state coffers with an estimated $13 billion per year.
San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano says legal weed could bring $13 billion per year, money the broke state desperately needs.
Today Ammiano is getting some heavyweight backing. In an interview with CNN, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) said the state should look into the prospect of regulating and taxing pot.
From Briefing Room:
"Well, certainly, I have seen in my own state of California people over and over voting a big majority the whole issue of marijuana and possession of that," Sanchez said this morning on CNN. "So maybe it would be a good pilot program to see how that regulation of marijuana might happen in California since the populous, the majority of Californians believe maybe that should happen."
Taking a page from a number of those who favor the reform of pot laws, Sanchez likened the issue to the prohibition of alcohol in the early 20th century.
"Well, certainly there is one drug - it's called alcohol - that we prohibited in the United States and had such a problem with as far as underground economy and cartels of that sort that we ended up actually regulating it and taxing it," she said. "And so there has always been this thought that maybe if we do that with drugs, it would lower the profits in it and make some of this go away."
California Congresswoman Comes Out For Legal Marijuana