Florida Must Tax Medical Marijuana
The fiscal note states:
“Increased costs from this amendment to state and local governments cannot be determined. There will be additional regulatory and enforcement activities associated with the production and sale of medical marijuana. Fees will offset at least a portion of the regulatory costs. While sales tax may apply to purchases, changes in revenue cannot reasonably be determined since the extent to which medical marijuana will be exempt from taxation is unclear without legislative or state administrative action.”
It has not been determined if it will be taxed, partially exempt or totally exempt from taxes. I think if taxed it will be a win/win solution to many problems associated with marijuana in the State of Florida. And I think the legislative intent speaks for itself. Florida will be one step from complete legalization.
(1) “Debilitating Medical Condition” means cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.
Therefore any strategy presented by the State of Florida that must have assurances that the State of Florida does profit by large margins and anything short of this is naïve legislation not consistent with the legal intent.
Therefore I think it is imperative that the State of Florida tax marijuana at an exceptionally high rate of about 40% or more of its production costs. The production cost of marijuana will be exceptionally inexpensive in the Heartland of Florida which is now being used for agricultural farming and therefore Florida can offer marijuana at a savings to the consumers old options of which was purchasing street drugs.
Marijuana farming in the Heartland of Florida, will help the local economy and these areas are already very rich farmland, some of the best farmland in the world. Therefore the marijuana crop will be some of the best and most natural in the world, it will be comparable to Cuba being known for their cigars because of the location they are grown in . Mass production will have to be controlled, to limit and regulate the supply. Farmers who grow marijuana should be able to offset some of the labor costs of other crops, because marijuana is a more valuable crop and easier to produce than most other crops, provided you use experienced growers.
The dilemma here is that the experienced grower, most likely was a career criminal based under the old statute. For this reason there should be a question of amnesty associated with the legalization of medical marijuana. These pardons should be retroactive to the date a criminal offense was committed, fully expunging the records of many felons of non violent crimes and given them at least a chance in life. I believe such a measure could revive our economy if done nationwide and not just done in Florida. Such an event could further increase the profitability of marijuana farming, simply because Florida’s crop will the preferred crop in the US, because it is often grown naturally. It would also reintroduce our economy to many people who were literally blackballed from economically productive lives in America, due to these old repressive laws that were always senseless.
However their must be legal protections for the State Government and Businesses. These legal protections will and must be a measure against future lawsuits associated with marijuana prohibition. There can be no legal grounds for a tort associated with the criminal conviction of marijuana or its associated discrimination practices. Therefore this clemency must be used to give both sides a clean slate. If this is not done there is a chance that someone may create a precedent to allow class action lawsuits that could be very damaging to businesses and government institutions in the State Florida.
In summary the strategy that must be discussed by our legislators should not be biased. The government shouldn’t take a position of something that is going on the ballot. However, the government should prepare for either outcome. Either way their will be problems associated with these outcomes. The government has to prepare to adapt to either outcomes to maintain order and stability in the State.
It would be a civil disservice if our legislators and government do not prepare for the outcome, especially if medical marijuana is legalized in Florida. The State of Florida has to profit from the legalization of marijuana and in a big way due to our location. If the State of Florida makes marijuana tax exempt, I think it would only be due to corruption in government to maximize the farmers profits. This could be interpreted as pure stupidity, but they have plenty of time to think and about this and discuss a compromise.
Frank Paul Jones