Skip to comments.RI lawmakers back legalizing marijuana
Posted on 02/12/2014 8:37:23 PM PST by smokingfrog
Some Rhode Island lawmakers said Tuesday they want to legalize and tax marijuana.
NBC News reported that marijuana brought in more than $1 million in tax revenue for Colorado in the first 27 days it was legal.
"Rhode Island faces a pretty serious deficit. The sooner we pass this legislation, the sooner we can start to realize the necessary tax revenue off these sales," state Rep. Edith Ajello, D-Providence, said.
Supporters of the bill said they believe legalizing marijuana could bring $26 million in tax revenue to Rhode Island annually.
Ajello and state Sen. Josh Miller, D-Cranston, have submitted similar bills in the past.
"I do not encourage or promote marijuana use, however I do believe that responsible adults should not be punished because they prefer marijuana to martinis," Ajello said.
The bill would allow adults 21 years or older to buy up to one ounce of the drug from a maximum of 10 distributors in the Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin strongly opposes legalization.
In a letter he sent last year opposing a similar bill, Kilmartin wrote, "With juveniles' perception of the risk of marijuana already diminishing due to decriminalization in our state ... this act would only further blur the risk perception of teen marijuana use."
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The downward spiral into oblivion continues
"necessary tax revenue"
Good idea. RI has the lowest job creation in the USA. Better to have them all lying around stoned out of their gourds than wondering where all the jobs went.
Marijuana - the NEW opiate of the masses.
Legalizing murder for pay will bring in vastly more revenue. Prostitution and child molestation can also be taxed. There are a host of avenues for increasing government coffers once morality is dismissed as a governing principle.
Keep ‘em dumb, high and voting DemocRAT, right boys?!
This slippery slope will never end. The US will end up being one big Amsterdam.
They’ll probably be toking and texting at the same time.
Yeah, because nothing says "morality" like throwing someone in jail because he gets high ingesting a plant growing in his garden instead of drinking a martini!
One tiny toke for potheads, a roller coaster to hell for society.
Ah my birthplace. Good. Like I’ve said ... to a man every single Prosecutor in my office supported legalizing marijuana. Making it illegal is idiotic on SO many levels.
Soon Big Marijuana will be the target of lawyers.
The fact is he is getting HIGH. It doesn’t bother you that one by one the states are making it perfectly legal to light up a noxious weed that makes one spacey and dopey? What once was the coming of age past-time for rebellious teens holed up in a friend’s basement with Zeppelin on the boom box giddily laughing about how much they have the munchies will now become a totally out in the public widespread activity that our kids, and those of us who HATE the aroma, will be exposed to.
It boggles my mind that they want to outlaw cigarettes and yet are legalizing marijuana. There was a time it was frowned upon. I guess there was a time a lot of things were frowned upon that are currently just fine and dandy.
Listen, if they want to allow and regulate it medically I don’t have a problem with that, there are prescribed substances that do just as bad side effects or worse...but this is a smoked mind-altering, to some hallucinogenic DRUG. It must be regulated. I’ve given up hope for this country.
I don’t think the tax revenue will last long, people will grow there own pot, and to try and police those growing there own will suck up any revenue acquired.
"The right to swing your arms in any direction ends where my nose begins." Thus, if my dopey neighbor smokes a joint and then accidentally runs his lawnmower all over my petunias, I'll press charges. But until then, it's none of my business.
It doesnt bother you that one by one the states are making it perfectly legal to light up a noxious weed that makes one spacey and dopey?
Oh, no - It totally "bothers" me! It also "bothers" me that my neighbor lounges around on his back porch wearing a "wife-beater" and picking his teeth with a knife. Yeah, that's the ticket - let's legislate everything that "bothers" us!
What once was the coming of age past-time for rebellious teens holed up in a friends basement [edited for brevity] will now become a totally out in the public widespread activity that our kids, and those of us who HATE the aroma, will be exposed to.
So you want to incarcerate people - in some states, simple possession (without even the intent to sell) can land you in prison for literally years - just because you find the aroma annoying? Are you kidding?
Nope. I’m not saying put pot smokers in prison but I have no problem with fines. And it’s not just “because I find the aroma annoying.” You think that’s the only thing wrong with it? It’s the fact that it’s a mind-altering drug that to indulge in produces SMOKE, you know, that awful stuff that IF it comes from the end of a cigarette people look at you like you’re an antichrist, only other people do not get unwanted contact buzz from it. It’s not mind-altering. It doesn’t make you lazy. It doesn’t kill young peoples brain cells (there’s medical reports out there proving this.) Hell if we are going to legalize marijuana then why not cocaine or amphetimines? Seriously. After all, it’s not MY business if someone prefers to do an upper as opposed to a downer (pot.)Why are we discriminating against certain illegal substances while making others perfectly legal?
Do you support the states making those decisions, as the Tenth Amendment says?
One of the most corrupt states in the union. I know....I live in this bastion of liberal/secular progressivism. And a majority of the people up here are stuck on stupid. We’ve been run (ruined) by the democrats for the last 80 years.
Your remark that you find it annoying - a highly personal and subjective statement - really had no place in a logical discussion. The only other assertions you made were that it is "mind-altering" or makes one "spacey" and "dopey." But then you concede that "its not MY business if someone prefers to do an upper as opposed to a downer." So at least we can agree that the State has no business telling people what they can do to their minds and bodies.
You think thats the only thing wrong with it? Its the fact that its a mind-altering drug that to indulge in produces SMOKE, you know, that awful stuff that IF it comes from the end of a cigarette people look at you like youre an antichrist, only other people do not get unwanted contact buzz from it. Its not mind-altering. It doesnt make you lazy. It doesnt kill young peoples brain cells (theres medical reports out there proving this.) Hell if we are going to legalize marijuana then why not cocaine or amphetimines? [...] Why are we discriminating against certain illegal substances while making others perfectly legal?
You are arguing against points that I did not make (maybe you have me confused with some other poster here?).
1) I said nothing about tobacco - neither pro nor con. For me, a comparison with conventional cigarettes is irrelevant. The fact that some rabid anti-tobacco people might want to imprison people for taking a puff in a public place has nothing to do with me or my arguments in favor of decriminalizes marijuana. Please do not try to refute my arguments by pointing to the illogic of crusaders against tobacco.
2) I also said nothing about cocaine or amphetamines - neither pro nor con. By introducing off-topic issues into the discussion you are "muddying the waters."
3) Catchword "contact buzz." As I stated in my first reply: "The right to swing your arms in any direction ends where my nose begins." So, of course, no one should be allowed to expose third-parties to their smoke.
I appreciate that you say that you are not a proponent of jail terms or prison sentences for mere possession of marijuana - but nothing you had said up until that point indicated that. I admit that I was, perhaps, wrong to infer that you were in favor of upholding the status quo, but that was the tenor of your vitriolic attacks against marijuana.
I don’t support a state that takes a substance which has been labeled as a poison and restricted since the early 1900’s and just deciding to make it totally legal, no. One may be a conservative who doesn’t like all the government meddling but also see the value in said government to at least not openly condone illicit drug use. We should keep street drugs illegal, for the safety of our children and overall benefit to our society. I’m also for tighter FCC restrictions, border control/enforcement, continued FDA regulation of controlled substances, USDA oversight/food safety. Am pro-military, pro-family and pro-God.
When I was a teen I smoked some weed. Also got a laced joint once unknowingly, not a very good experience. Could have ended very badly. Almost did.