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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Time to address the marijuana issue in Delaware

Colorado got it.

Washington State got it.

Missouri is getting it.

Eugene Robinson (with whom I normally agree about once a year) gets it.

Early estimates suggested that Colorado would raise $67 million in new tax dollars per year on Marijuana sales; people seem to be revising that estimate upward due to strong early sales.

If Delaware taxed legal weed at the same rate as Colorado, we'd be raising at least an addition $13 million per year, not even counting the savings from reduced incarceration and treating real drug addiction as a medical rather than criminal problem.

People currently serving in the General Assembly know this.

So why isn't there a bill or series of bills to first decriminalize marijuana, then legalize it on the Colorado model, and finally to pardon/expunge records for those convicted of only non-violent drug offenses?

Send me there.  I'll introduce it, and I'll keep fighting until the job gets done.

1 comment:

  1. In my estimation it's about a year and a half overdue ;)