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To the Editor:
The Los Angeles Times on Monday published an article headlined “A victory for the West: California moves to legalize marijuana.” The story was an extended report on a marijuana bill passed this session by the Assembly and the Senate.
The bill would allow for the state to impose a 25-year cultivation and sales tax on marijuana. It also would permit cities and counties to enact their own regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries. The state could regulate sales.
The Times article reported that “the state tax on marijuana, which was set at $1.3 million, is projected to generate $2.2 billion in annual gross revenue” and provided the total cost of enforcement and the number of arrests for marijuana-related crimes.
It quoted Gov. Jerry Brown as saying, “(t)here’s a moral imperative to regulate and tax marijuana as all other drugs.”
Marijuana is currently a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act. That means it’s illegal under the law.
Marijuana is not yet legal in California under Proposition 64 passed by voters in 2016.
Marijuana is currently legal in 20 states and Washington, D.C. Those states include Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and the District. Four more states — Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, and Michigan — have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
The only states that prohibit the sale, cultivation, and cultivation facilities of marijuana are Colorado and Washington, D.C.
Since California passed Proposition 44 — legalizing medical use of marijuana — three federal courts in California have ruled that the state’s law does not conflict with federal law.
I would like to hear from the Times of California editor about why he decided to publish the story, or to which newspapers he sent it.
There is no conflict between Proposition 64 and Proposition 44. Proposition 44 allows for the state to regulate marijuana and impose some regulations on the industry. Proposition 64 allows for local governments to regulate the industry and