Regulate Marijuana like wine?

Judge Jim Gray of my home state California is proposing a new state initiative for regulating cannabis like wine.

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:SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — He was once a determined drug warrior, but now former Assistant US Attorney and Superior Court Judge James P. Gray believes the time has come to take marijuana out of the black market and regulate it instead. After years of witnessing the harm caused by outlawing marijuana, Judge Gray will file a voter initiative this Wednesday with the California Attorney General’s office that will regulate marijuana like wine.

A press conference has been scheduled for 11AM in front of the AG’s office at 1300 I Street. Also present at the press conference will be the initiative’s principle author and chief counsel, William McPike, as well as the chief officer for the campaign, Steve Kubby.:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/former-judge-to-file-initiative-to-regulate-marijuana-122028784.html

I am torn on this issue. Because as I see marijuana certainly no more harmful than wine, I cringe to think it would be assigned some sort of extra sin tax or some kind of regulations that would require blood testing for impaired driving, or something of that sort.

I am well aware that cannabis does not cause most people driving impairment. Certainly for the ones that it does impair, it does not impair them like alcohol.

As for the tax. I don’t believe it should be taxed any more than fruits or vegetables and I believe that there should be allowed the existence of non-profit, non-taxed farmers markets.

We’ll see how this all plays out. Learn more at: http://regulatemarijuanalikewine.com/


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