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Marijuana industry delegationís pitch on legalized pot: Itís just good business
The Washington Post ^ | March 13, 2014

Posted on 03/14/2014 2:54:18 PM PDT by Wolfie

Marijuana industry delegation’s pitch on legalized pot: It’s just good business

The delegation from the National Cannabis Industry Association made a point of dressing well for its day on Capitol Hill, sporting mostly dark suits, lots of ties and plenty of the group’s signature lapel pins, which feature a sun rising over vibrant fields of marijuana.

Marijuana advocates have come to lobby Washington before, often to argue for more lenient treatment under federal law. But on Thursday, buoyed by a flurry of state decisions that have expanded the legal use of marijuana, the cannabis crowd came less as social activists than as entrepreneurs, asking Congress to remove some of the obstacles that stand in the way of their fledgling businesses.

They met with staff members to ask for changes to the tax code, which prohibits the businesses from taking standard deductions for expenses. And they huddled in congressional offices to make the case for other changes that would encourage banks to work with legal cannabis businesses.

If their aims seemed mundane, even technical, it was a measure of how far the marijuana movement has come in just a few years. Medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Last year, Colorado and Washington state made marijuana fully legal for adults, and similar efforts are gathering steam elsewhere in the country. Colorado collected about $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, the first month that sales for recreational use were permitted — a detail that was mentioned often Thursday.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
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1 posted on 03/14/2014 2:54:18 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Selling a product which addles the brain worse than booze.


2 posted on 03/14/2014 3:03:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

>Selling a product which addles the brain worse than booze.

And the brains of people obsessed with stopping other people’s pleasures.

Wickard v Filburn (1942)

The religious right has supported unconstitutional federal commerce powers promulgated by the left to perpetrate the war on drugs. End the war on drugs and break this union and end the nanny statism from both sides.


3 posted on 03/14/2014 3:10:08 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO! BE UNGOVERNABLE! --- ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: Wolfie

Beatniks out to make it rich, must be the season of the witch.


4 posted on 03/14/2014 3:18:56 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Wolfie

Pot should be legal, nothing christian about persecuting folks for it. Sure there is good and bad about it, also true with everything man does, concreting the earth will not give mankind a better future, so what’s worse, a juggernaut babylon the whore or a plant?


5 posted on 03/14/2014 3:21:13 PM PDT by aces (Jesus Saves not Society)
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To: Wolfie

When TPTB see how much revenue is generated from pot in states where it is legal, they’ll agitate to make it legal in their states as well.
Funny how liberal want to make criminals out of tobacco smokers but pot smoking is no problem to them.


6 posted on 03/14/2014 3:25:06 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Wolfie

Legalization of Marijuana is a States Rights issue, the Federal Government should have no say in it whatsoever.

As a Constitutional conservative, I believe the States can and should, respond to “We The People” whether it be good or bad in anyone’s personal opinion.

We have a voting box, lets use it wisely, within the States.

The Federal Government should be; and is constitutionally extremely limited in its power, to control the individual freedoms of an American.


7 posted on 03/14/2014 3:35:48 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: PoloSec

I must have missed that part in the Constitution where the Government gets to decide what individuals ingest.


8 posted on 03/14/2014 4:28:20 PM PDT by Ueriah
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To: Lx

Yes, not a day goes by that I don’t hear someone proposing the criminalization of the possession and use of tobacco. Yep, all the time. Or not.


9 posted on 03/14/2014 6:16:53 PM PDT by Wolfie
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