Ó Canada! Our Neighbor to the North Moves Towards Legal Marijuana with Federal Tax Proposal
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that a proposal to place a federal tax on marijuana will help efforts to legalize recreational weed in Canada on Tuesday. The Canadian government has plans to make recreational weed legal in July of 2018.
The proposed tax would be $1 per gram of cannabis on up to 10 grams. A 10 percent federal tax would be placed on sales over 10 grams. The Prime Minister said that legalizing recreational marijuana will eliminate the black market and decrease crimes associated with drugs. The federal tax money raised would be split 50-50 between the provinces and the federal government. Provinces are upset over the equal sharing of tax revenues being proposed. They say that because the provinces will be liable for increased law enforcement and distribution preparation costs, that they should get the lion’s share amount of tax proceeds.
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Fentanyl-Laced Weed Is Fake News, But Who’s to Blame for This Hoax?
First: Fentanyl is a real thing, and it’s cataclysmic.
The opiate epidemic was never good, but it has become far worse and far more deadly since drug suppliers turned to fentanyl for raw material. The synthetic opiate, designed to relieve the intractable pain of terminal cancer patients and grant them a few suffering-free days or hours at the end of their lives, is prematurely ending tens of thousands more. About a third of the 64,000 people dead from drug overdoses in 2016 were killed by synthetic opiates like fentanyl and analogues that are even more powerful.
Ridiculously easy and cheap to acquire via dark-web drug marketplaces, fentanyl is turning up in bags of purported heroin, in ersatz pills claiming to be Oxycontin or completely different drugs like Xanax—and it’s also popping up in stimulants sold on the street like methamphetamine and crack.
(Authorities like to blame clandestine labs in China for flooding American communities with this killer, a gross example of 21st-century orientalism that absolves the Americans buying and distributing the drug and the American authorities seemingly incapable of doing anything about it.)
Pot Possession Expungement Bill Finally Becomes Law in Maryland
Maryland’s Senate Bill 949 went into effect on October 1. The long-debated bill will make it easier for people who have been convicted of marijuana possession to clear their records.
Prior to the bill’s passage, anyone convicted of cannabis possession was required to wait 10 years before applying for expungement, despite the fact that Maryland decriminalized possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana in 2014.
Now, the waiting period to apply for expungement has been reduced to four years following conviction.
Senator Brian Feldman, who sponsored the piece of legislation, said the bill aims to help people who were convicted for using or possessing marijuana before it was decriminalized.
“We shouldn’t have folks, particularly younger folks, prejudiced,” Feldman said. “This is real-world stuff, and it just seems incongruent to have on the books prospectively that this is no longer a crime and yet have thousands of young Marylanders hampered with this criminal record.”
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