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RI lawmakers back legalizing marijuana
turnto10.com ^ | 2/12/14 | Cierra Putman

Posted on 02/12/2014 8:37:23 PM PST by smokingfrog

PROVIDENCE -

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at turnto10.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: potbuzz; potmoney; taxes
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1 posted on 02/12/2014 8:37:23 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

The downward spiral into oblivion continues


2 posted on 02/12/2014 8:39:38 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: smokingfrog
LOL

"necessary tax revenue"

3 posted on 02/12/2014 8:39:47 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: smokingfrog

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.


4 posted on 02/12/2014 8:39:48 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


5 posted on 02/12/2014 8:40:52 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: smokingfrog

Keep ‘em dumb, high and voting DemocRAT, right boys?!


6 posted on 02/12/2014 8:45:54 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: smokingfrog

This slippery slope will never end. The US will end up being one big Amsterdam.


7 posted on 02/12/2014 8:49:15 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: smokingfrog
Might as well get high. Nobody's working in RI these days.
8 posted on 02/12/2014 8:49:52 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: smokingfrog; All
FR: Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled
9 posted on 02/12/2014 8:54:05 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: ThomasMore
RI ping.....

Leni

10 posted on 02/12/2014 8:54:16 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Amendment10

They’ll probably be toking and texting at the same time.


11 posted on 02/12/2014 9:01:03 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
They’ll probably be toking and texting at the same time.

Good point.

12 posted on 02/12/2014 9:05:24 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: Louis Foxwell
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.

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!

Regards,

13 posted on 02/12/2014 9:19:52 PM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: alexander_busek

One tiny toke for potheads, a roller coaster to hell for society.


14 posted on 02/12/2014 9:22:17 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: smokingfrog

Bookmark.


15 posted on 02/12/2014 10:18:33 PM PST by SoCal SoCon (Conservatism =/= Corporatism.)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


16 posted on 02/12/2014 10:45:34 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: smokingfrog

Soon Big Marijuana will be the target of lawyers.


17 posted on 02/13/2014 12:41:11 AM PST by RginTN
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To: alexander_busek

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.


18 posted on 02/13/2014 3:18:18 AM PST by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


19 posted on 02/13/2014 5:13:01 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: kelly4c
The fact is he is getting HIGH.

"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 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?

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 friend’s 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?

Regards,

20 posted on 02/13/2014 7:58:05 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: alexander_busek

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?


21 posted on 02/13/2014 11:50:07 PM PST by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: kelly4c

Do you support the states making those decisions, as the Tenth Amendment says?


22 posted on 02/14/2014 2:53:11 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: MinuteGal; All

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.


23 posted on 02/14/2014 5:25:11 AM PST by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: kelly4c
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.”

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 "it’s 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 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? [...] 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.

Regards,

24 posted on 02/14/2014 10:24:53 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: Ken H

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.


25 posted on 02/15/2014 1:54:42 AM PST by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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