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America, Want Lower Taxes? Legalize Marijuana!

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director April 15, 2010 YouTube Preview Image

    This 15 second animation supporting the legalization of cannabis is currently being displayed eighteen times a day on the biggest billboard in New York City’s Times Square

    42 Responses to “America, Want Lower Taxes? Legalize Marijuana!”

    1. Justin says:

      Hehe I say that too my customers all the time. Money doesn’t grow on trees, yet. :) (legally)

    2. Ryan M. says:

      Nice :) Anyone got pictures of it ?

    3. kennyco says:

      They should play it about 100000000 times a day for the remaining duration of this planet. We need that stuff legal or heavily decriminalized.

    4. Lev says:

      I’m kinda confused here…

      First off, I am all for Cannabis legalization as I adore the plant.

      What I am confused about is how the irony behind the title. It says “America, want lower taxes?”; yet I don’t see how taxes would be lower; in fact in one respect they’d be higher, since we don’t currently pay for taxes on Cannabis usage now (due to the black market). The advertisement even says “Billions in taxes”, so where exactly are those taxes coming from? The same people who pay the other taxes we’re supposedly talking about lowering.

      I just don’t really get how on the one hand we can state we will generate all this money from TAX and then on the other hand say “lower taxes”.

      Is that just me?

      I mean, I totally get the idea and intention here, and I do believe that the end would justify the mean in legalization, and I also believe that some taxes would be reduced, but since the whole concept of how legalization is being pitched these days (taxing it)- there’s quite a bit of irony involved, since the tax payer is going to pay money at some point whether for the law enforcement for fighting the stoners or to the governmeny for growing or buying the stuff…

      [Editor’s note: When retail sales taxes are in the black, city and state governments tend to reduce or keep at abeyance personal income taxes.]

    5. Bonnee says:

      Love it! Wish you could run this for us down here in Virginia!

      Thanks for all you do!

    6. Adam says:

      Wait, I thought this ad was rejected by CBS? How did you get it approved?

      I may have to head down to Times Square to check it out. Only 18 times a day though? That’s less than once an hour. The cost of the spot must have been very high.

    7. mtlasagna says:

      on the one hand this is wonderful news

      otoh

      the ad needs to be more cutting edgy

      i grew up in noo yawk, and for times square beep honk post-neon intensity of the density, i know wot im tawkin aboud.

      vape for world peace

    8. THE FACT says:

      MORE NEWS OUT of CALIFORNIA ( not the U.S.A. )

      California — Dunsmuir’s mayor and a medicinal marijuana collective owner want to plant a marijuana garden smack-dab in the middle of the city’s historical business district. “We’re trying to bring the growing of medical cannabis out of the darkness of an underground market and into the legal light,” said Mayor Peter Arth.

      Arth, himself a medical marijuana patient, wants to lease three commercial lots he owns at Dunsmuir Avenue and Cedar Street to Green-Collar Compassionate Collective owner Leslie Wilde. The property is across the street from the Siskiyou County sheriff’s substation.

      The Dunsmuir City Council will hear public comment on their proposal Thursday.

      Arth said three professionally-engineered greenhouses would provide a place to grow high-quality medical marijuana for members of the collective.

      Arth said it’s hard to know where the medicine is grown and how safe it is. It could be grown in Mexico, a national forest, or it could be contaminated with pesticides and other chemicals, he said. There is also a criminal element to the marijuana business that sometimes overlaps with the medical marijuana sector, he said.

      But fellow council member Mario Rubino has raised objections he said were brought to him by community members, he said.

      Rubino sent a memo to the council as part of the agenda packet outlining the concerns.

      Since the city contracts with the Siskiyou County sheriff for only 20 hours of protection per day and has no police force of its own, security concerns are paramount, he said.

      “It’d be like putting $50,000 in an empty lot with a wooden fence around it,” Rubino said of the project. “That’s going to draw a lot of attention.”

      Though the sheriff’s substation is across the street, the expectation that the deputies patrol and secure a medical marijuana grow operation is unrealistic, he said.

      “Not having a full-time sheriff, it is unreasonable to recommend such a high-risk potential business, or that the town could provide it a reasonably secure site,” Rubino wrote in the memo.

      Arth and Wilde must apply for a historical site alteration permit for the facility by April 23 to get their proposal onto the planning commission’s May 5 agenda, Acting City Manager Alan Harvey said.

      “In terms of the proposal, the kind of criteria the planning commission will be applying are: Is this a suitable use? Is this a suitable kind of structure? Does it fit within the context of the historic district? Is it going to significantly modify the features of the historic district?” Harvey said.

      Arth said right now the lot is empty aside from some trees.

      “So why not move in the direction that we have tried to move in as a city in terms of economic prosperity, toward sustainable agriculture, toward renewable sources of energy, to finding ways to create jobs and more economic stability for our area?” he asked

    9. Adam says:

      Great start — maybe emphasize the schedule-1 categorization, having “NO recognized medical benefits” in conflict with the 14+ states who recognize the existence of medical benefits.

      Congress can’t ignore the proof forever. Hammer it home

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