Profiles In Cannabis: Tom Ammiano

  • by Brian Judy, NORML Webmaster September 18, 2009

    California state Assemblyman Tom AmmianoNORML is proud to confirm that California state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will be delivering the opening remarks at the 2009 National Conference in San Francisco, CA.

    In February, Assemblyman Ammiano introduced legislation to legalize and regulate the commercial production and sale of cannabis for adults age 21 or over. The proposal — Assembly Bill 390: The Marijuana Control, Regulation and Education Act — is the first bill ever to be introduced in the California legislature that seeks to tax and control the sale of cannabis.

    Says Ammiano: "With the state in the midst of an historic economic crisis, the move towards regulating and taxing marijuana is simply common sense. This legislation would generate much needed revenue for the state, restrict access to only those over 21, end the environmental damage to our public lands from illicit crops, and improve public safety by redirecting law enforcement efforts to more serious crimes. California has the opportunity to be the first state in the nation to enact a smart, responsible public policy for the control and regulation of marijuana."

    In July, a revised budgetary analysis by the California State Board of Equalization estimated that the passage of Ammiano’s bill would raise approximately $1.4 billion in annual new state revenue.

    Tom Ammiano says, “Yes we cannabis” and so should you! Meet Tom and hundreds of other likeminded people at NORML’s 38th annual conference, taking place September 24-26 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown San Francisco. For registration information, please visit: http://www.norml.org/conference.

    More about Assemblyman Tom Ammiano:

    Ammiano Proposes Bill To Tax And Regulate Marijuana

    Associated Press — Calif tax officials: Legal pot would rake in $1.4B

    CBS 5 interview

    20 responses to “Profiles In Cannabis: Tom Ammiano”

    1. CKDK29 says:

      Mr.Ammiano Awesome work

    2. Chris says:

      Im excited as anyone else is about the prospect of having legal marijuana. However, I’m personally not as excited about the “tax and regulate” mantra we are chanting. I realize you can’t have one without the other in our current system, but does anyone else feel uneasy about giving our government one more thing to “tax and regulate”?

      The state sucks the life blood out from the free market. Most of these government legalizers could care less about the moral implications of arresting marijuana users, they only care about having additional control of the market so they can use it to increase the size and power of the state.

      I understand its a good card for legalizers to play, and it wont be legalized without taxing and regulating it, but I’m just appealing to your raw emotions here… Does anyone else feel uneasy and unenthusiastic about jumping on this “tax and regulate” bandwagon?

    3. wow says:

      a little off topic, but can someone call martin short and ask him if he is missing a brother?

    4. pass ab 390 says:

      tom ammiano is our pied piper to legalization and i for one am so thankful for his sensability and reason on this subject that is so long over due. now is the time for legalization and i hope and pray california will lead us out of the darkness. his bill is the way of the future. once california legalizes all the other states should fall in line. let’s wake up america and really become the land of the free!!

    5. chriselalto says:

      if they(being the state) want to basically legalize it for smart users, wouldnt the big bad gubberment step in and veto it? besides they already undermind the medical side.

    6. Jed The head says:

      Having an elected official talk about legalizing cannabis in a common sense way is very encouraging indeed. Tom is speaking the truth and many people are listening. I hope the rest of California’s elected officials see the light. I believe that states like California and Rhode Island will lead the way forward. They will also reap the lion’s share of the revenue as businesses there will have a head start on the rest of the country. Thanks NORML for bringing another great speaker to our national convention!!!

    7. Anonymous says:

      God i hope that bill passes. If it does, it’ll only be a matter of time till other states will follow like wildfire.

    8. z says:

      This would be nice.

      Running out of weed and finding a good hook up would no longer be a nightmare.

    9. Mathew (PA) says:

      Hey man, I’m not for any type of taxation through our government but if that is what it takes to become legal then we’ll deal with that for now. Imagine knowing that we could smoke pot and not potentially get busted! Come on! Anyway, everyone should write Congressman Ammiano and thank him for his great work!
      Let’s help get the band wagon rolling.
      He does look a little like Martin Short! HA!

    10. R.O.E. says:

      YAY! People like Mr Ammiano will one day be recognized as patriots. Push on Mr Ammiano!