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Missouri is considering taxing illegal drugs and legalizing medical marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sun, April, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

It took a little while for Missouri Rep. Shawn Rhoads’ colleagues to wrap their heads around the idea of taxing marijuana and other illegal drugs.

“A drug dealer is supposed to show up and buy a tax stamp for his drugs?”Bill Lant, a Republican from southwest Missouri, asked during a committee hearing on the bill.

Most of the hearing went pretty much like that.

“They needed a little time to let the idea sink in,” said Rhoads, a south-central Missouri Republican. “About 15 minutes after the meeting, I had someone grab me and say, ‘I get it now.’”

It must have sunk in. The bill won the committee’s approval Wednesday.

But while lawmakers ponder making Missouri the 21st state to collect taxes on illegal drugs, they’re also contemplating heading in the opposite direction and making Missouri the 24th to legalize marijuana in some fashion.

Two weeks earlier, that same House committee approved a medical marijuana bill on a 10-1 vote.

Missouri’s increasingly conservative politics, and its overwhelmingly Republican General Assembly, apparently aren’t immune to the national momentum behind marijuana legalization.

Gallup has been surveying the public on marijuana since 1969. In 2013, it found for the first time that a clear majority of Americans — 58 percent — believed the drug should be legal. That was a 10 point jump in just one year.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article17458997.html#storylink=cpy

Read More:http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article17458997.html


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Legolize It.

Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, April, 4th 2015 by THCFinder


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Weed stashed in peanut butter sent to drug store

Category: Odd | Posted on Sat, April, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

A kosher food grocer found himself in a sticky situation when 10 bags of weed — stashed inside vacuum-sealed bags of peanut butter — showed up at his Brooklyn shop in the mail, police sources said.

The owner Kahan’s Superette told cops whoever mailed the mystery package must have made a mistake — because he doesn’t sell those kind of treats, the sources said.

“It wasn’t anything that they asked for,” a police source said.

The bizarre package arrived at the food market on Kingston Avenue near Union Street in Crown Heights at 4 p.m. on Monday, the police sources said.

“Wrong delivery address results in the seizure of 10 large bags of marijuana wrapped in peanut butter,” the 71st Precinct tweeted, along with a photo of the gooey mess on Monday.

The marijuana, which was delivered by the USPS, was wrapped in plastic bags then covered in peanut butter.

“I have no idea where it came from. It was just dropped off,” a worker at the shop told The Post.

It’s unclear how much weed was in the packages. Cops declined comment on where the packages had been mailed from.

The grocery store sells such items as Marvid kosher chicken, bagels and fresh salmon, according to its Facebook page.

Source:http://nypost.com/2015/03/31/weed-stashed-in-peanut-butter-sent-to-drug-store/


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Washington State Senate Votes To Eliminate Marijuana Excise Taxes

Category: News | Posted on Sat, April, 4th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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(via dailyfinance.com)

I have long said that if the black market for marijuana is going to be eliminated, legal marijuana prices have to be lower, or at least close to lower, than prices on the black market. I’m all for paying a bit more at a store, but when someone can get marijuana on the black market for 5 dollars a gram, and it costs 19 dollars a gram at a store, that’s not going to work. That is the case in Washington State, where the tax structure for marijuana is hurting the industry quite a bit. This week the Washington Senate voted to make big changes to the tax structure for marijuana. PerMarijuana Business Daily:

There may be a glimmer of hope for what is widely considered an untenable tax structure in Washington State.

The Washington State Senate passed a bill removing the excise tax on recreational marijuana sales by producers and processors, and will tax only retail sales.

As it stands, a 25% excise tax at three transfer points: when producers sell to processors, when processors sell to retailers, and when retailers sell to end consumers. Business owners in the industry say that tax structure inhibits their ability to do business and drives up prices.

The new bill proposes a one-time tax of 37% on retail sales.

I still think a 37% tax is too high, but that’s less than half of what it is now (25% times 3). I would like to see Washington move to a tax structure like what Oregon is going to have, which should be a flat rate of $35 per ounce. That of course is assuming the Oregon Legislature respects the will of the voters. If that proves to be the case, Oregon would have the lowest marijuana taxes in the country, and would be bordered by Washington which would have the highest.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/washington-state-senate-votes-to-eliminate-marijuana-excise-taxes/


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