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Update From NORML’s ‘A Different Kind Of Tea Party’ Tax Day Protest

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 15, 2009

    NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre presented a mock check to the U.S. Treasury Department in the sum of $14 billion this morning at a press conference on the steps of the General Post Office in New York City.

    The $14 billion check total represents the combined savings and tax revenues that would be generated by regulating the sale and production of cannabis like alcohol, according to a 2005 analysis by Harvard University senior lecturer Jeffrey Miron and endorsed by over 500 distinguished economists.

    Media representatives from CNN, Fox News, Sirius Satellite Radio, and other news outlets were on hand to cover the event.

    “On a day when so many Americans lament having to pay state and federal income taxes, we’re representing America’s millions of otherwise law-abiding cannabis consumers, who are ready, willing, and able to contribute to our struggling economy — while providing truly ‘green’ jobs and allowing police to focus on more important priorities,” NORML told reporters. “All we ask in exchange for our $14 billion is the right to enjoy pot responsibly and in peace.”

    Additional background information and photos from this morning’s event are available at The Huffington Post here, and at The Hill‘s Congress blog here. As always, NORML encourages you to leave your feedback in support of marijuana law reform at these to influential blog sites.

    NORML is holding follow up, public protest later today at 4:20pm est. We hope to see you there!

    96 Responses to “Update From NORML’s ‘A Different Kind Of Tea Party’ Tax Day Protest”

    1. Dustin says:

      This needs to be top story on all news websites, hopefully this will change something.

    2. MIKE STROUP says:

      HOW IRONIC. CANNABIS CONSUMERS SEEKING FREE ACCESS TO THEIR DRUG OF CHOICE BY OFFERING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS A HUGE STASH OF THEIR DRUG OF CHOICE. HAS ANYONE EVER ACTUALLY READ THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES?

    3. randlehandle says:

      i think the government would be dumb to turn down a chunk of money that big. the only prblem is that most of these old fogees in power right think that heroin and pot are the same thing, are they serious!!!! every time i hear a debat on pot it turns into a debate on hard drugs and pot gets cought up in the middle of it all!

    4. I wonder if 14 billion is enough to save our economy?…
      Well, it’s a damn good start… Theoretically, in the future. =3

    5. Vladimir M. Ortega says:

      Is this in NY….man I wish I was there. Yo my ppl from NY go protest at NY city today. DO your part of the job let your bvoices be heard. Does anyone know about any protesting in DC or Northen Virginia?

    6. brewmaster says:

      Guess Uncle Sam won’t be capitalizing on that big, fat check today! But maybe next year 😉

    7. Nate says:

      Good to hear some news stations were there to report on it. Hopefully this makes some noise in the media. Great job guys!

    8. Kathy says:

      Allen St. Pierre rocks ! thank you Sir for voicing our opinions!

    9. jared says:

      Wait a second? Were really not giving them 14 billion?? If not they will just ignore us once again like always..

    10. David C. says:

      Well done, NORML! You got the message out there and you put forth all the facts to back it up. I applaud your efforts.

      How anyone cannot see legalization as a benefit to our society and economy now is beyond me.

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