Florida Must Tax Medical Marijuana

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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

 

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Florida Medical Marijuana Is Almost Complete Legalization

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Florida Medical Marijuana Is Almost Complete Legalization

Why our Youth Must Register to Vote 

Medical marijuana will be on the ballot in the State of Florida on November 4th, 2014. The law would be very relaxed and would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to anyone who they believe has a debilitating illness and the use of marijuana does not do more harm than good or the harm done by using it doesn’t outweigh its usefulness. In other words if a doctor doesn’t think marijuana will do more harm than good for whatever your condition is, he/she can write you a prescription and you can legally use in the State of Florida.

 

Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 (2014)

 

If you click this hyperlink and read the full text, it will explain this amendment in detail. But in a nutshell this is what you should know.

 

“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.

 

As you can see certain illness are without question, but the key to this language being used is these words, “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 liberal doctor who doesn’t see marijuana as a harmful drug, can prescribe this drug to anyone he/she deems has a debilitating illness. So even though the amendment describes certain debilitating illnesses, it is still open to discretion  as to what a doctor deems to be debilitating. This could be anything whereby there was research done to support an assertion. And research is being done more now then ever.

 

For example there is research that bipolar disorder can be helped by the use of cannabis, as well as PTSD and other anxiety disorders. It is a proven fact that marijuana is useful in reducing pain and even for insomnia as we all know it help you sleep. So if a doctor thinks your sleeping disorder is debilitating he can prescribe you marijuana.  People who have a hard time eating will be able to use marijuana to increase their appetite, even if they are not HIV positive if a doctor deems it will do more good to smoke than harm. And I am sure it will come in pill form as well. So if smoking is a problem, you can get it in pill form

 

You can bet there will be enough doctors out the there to find someone to assist you in gaining a medical marijuana prescription. In fact Florida’s laws will be more liberal than California, where about anyone can get a license to smoke. And I think it will do our state a lot of good. Because this law will drastically reduce crime for people who need marijuana.

 

The good thing about this when there comes to opponents of this amendment, as far as the wide use of this drug as a result of medical legalization, is that people use it already illegally and go to jail for this. And if a person gets a prescription to use it, they have to be diagnosed with an illness that must be treated and marijuana will be the treatment for many. This would mean users will be under a doctor’s care unlike now. And users will be able to get it under government safety regulations instead of off of the streets.

 

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 or exempt from taxes. I think if taxed it will be a win/win solution to the 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.

 

Frank Paul Jones

 

 

Why marijuana should be legalized

Paul in Avon Park, FL

Why marijuana should be legalized

 

I think anything you like too much can be or is psychologically addictive to include, food, video games, sex and so forth.  And who said eating too much, playing violent video games or promiscuous sex are good things, because they are not. But these are other issues that should also be addressed.

 

Marijuana which is the issue at hand now and it has too many problems associated with it being illegal and that is my point. Such as the U.S. prison population, people with criminal records without just cause, our workforce is seriously effected because many young people especially cannot even get a job who use it due to a dirty urine and so forth.

 

Yes it has many medical uses, but so does the cocoa plant and poppy plant, yet they can also cause problems when abused, but it is something we need as medicine. And as a recreational drug I think it is much safer in many ways than alcohol which is legal or decriminalized in the United States. So why allow people to drink and wreck cars and have violent outrages and not smoke and be tranquil and/or artistic?

 

I just think it is a fallacy to say is not addictive in any way or form and people will not abuse it, because many already do, for one I did, though my original intentions was to use it as a  sleep aid. The fact that people destroy their ability to earn a livelihood for a get  high and this goes on everyday, is proof it is addictive or at least a problem causing drug, if only because it makes you feel good.  Many people cannot get a job because they rather smoke weed to feel good and you know this to be true. And I do not think there is anything wrong with wanting to feel good, but self preservation is the first law of nature. And “if you don’t work you don’t eat” unless you are getting help from somewhere else.

 

It is for all of these reasons that I think it should be legalized and not because it is drug sent down from heaven by God to solve all of our problems. There are simply too many cons to the continuation of prohibition.  I think prohibition is destroying our youth today and therefore the future of our nation and it must end. But not because marijuana is without any problems, because that is a lie.  But because the war on marijuana was lost and people are not going to stop using it. So now we need to learn how to distribute it legally, regulate it intelligently and create a system to help those who will and do already abuse it. And tax revenues is the only solution to this and it must first be legalized to be taxed. It would generate a profit for our nation of about $10 Billion instead of a $20 billion deficit each year.

Marijuana is Addictive but Should be Legalized

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Marijuana is Addictive but Should be Legalized

I stopped smoking marijuana in February of 2013 and also quit drinking at that time as well. In the past I had problems with alcohol even though it is decriminalized. In my recent past however, I did not drink as heavily as I did in before, but still it created problems in my life. Marijuana is a different story, because it is not legal to use in the State of Florida, not even medically. Where I live in Avon Park, FL, if they catch you with as little as a nickel bag of weed they will suspend your drivers license. So it is my position that even controlled recreational use of marijuana is actually a problem here in State of Florida, because of the law. Therefore for legal and health reasons as well as economical reasons I quit smoking.

I am for (support) the fight to legalize or decriminalize marijuana not just for medical use as they are attempting to do now in the State of Florida, but also for recreational use. I think the drug is much safer than alcohol based on comparison use experience and its legalization I think would reduce alcohol consumption, because like me, many people simply do not use marijuana because it is illegal and has too many bad consequences if you get caught with it or have it in your system.

Marijuana stays in your system for over 30 to 60 days, so if you are an employee for a company or the government which monitors drug use, you have a problem with using marijuana. But still many people use it and take the risk of losing their jobs behind their so-called recreational use. And many people are locked out of the workforce due to marijuana use and know this and still use. This brings into question is the use of marijuana really recreational for the many users of it?

I believe that marijuana is in fact psychologically addictive. I went to rehabilitation to stop smoking, as it became an everyday event for me. Sometimes I smoked and could not hold it into my lungs, because my lungs were too tired from all of my smoking. Yet I continued to at least try to smoke, while wasting my money and coughing it up. When I started smoking in my last stint, it was to help me sleep at first, which is really does help me do. And then, I found that I really work harder and was my enthusiastic in my recording studio under the influence of marijuana. I really helps my creativity, so I started smoking to make music productions. But it also make me feel good, so I smoked simply to feel better and like I said it became an everyday event for me and sometimes an all day event. So was this actually recreational use or functionality use?

Still I believe marijuana should be decriminalized if only because it makes economic sense for our nation as a whole. Too many people are doing it anyway for the Justice Department to enforce prohibition. Too many young lives have already been ruined and too many people are in prison and jail or have criminal records for marijuana related offenses. Our government cannot sustain the costs of prohibition verse taxation. And as things stand marijuana addiction is taboo.

I am a veteran and went to a VA Medical Center for rehabilitation and though marijuana is said to be a schedule one drug (the worst drug) and many opiates and cocaine are considered a lesser schedule or schedule two drug, I was not treated as so. While opiate users were asked to stay 4 additional months, they released me without my requesting it a week early or after only three weeks and said I was doing good and should go home. Why? Because marijuana addiction isn’t taken seriously. But it is destroying more lives than any other drug on the market, not just because of the laws on the books that are being enforced, but because of the peoples willingness to use it in spite of the law. Whereby people think it is harmless it really isn’t. Because it is against the law and stays in your system for over 30 to 60 days making it easy to be found in your system even weeks after using it. And knowing this people still tend to use it regardless. These fact makes it dangerous not as a health issue directly, but as a self preservation issue. It directly effects people livelihood and freedom.

I think the idea that marijuana is safer than alcohol is true. I think for one reason alcohol abuse often leads to violent crimes, while marijuana often does not. But the idea that it is not addictive is a fallacy. People negligently use it in spite of it negative consequences, only because they actually have a problem or addiction to marijuana. Many people smoke marijuana knowing they will never get a job as a result of it and then use trickery to passed the urine test, when they decide to go look for a job, because they cannot quit. Is that really recreational use, when you deny yourself a living for you recreational activities? Most certainly not! I believe in “work hard and play hard,” but if you cannot work often you cannot eat, unless you get food stamps. And on food stamps to support your marijuana habit you have to commit crimes and often women sell their body which is a crime. Therefore marijuana use often develops into criminal behavior.

So my position of decriminalizing marijuana is not based on its safe use factors alone. But the legalization of it, would create funding to help those who do have a problem with it, because they would be paying into a system of regulatory controls which should include rehabilitation programs subsidies. Though legalizing it will create more use of it, it would also decrease alcohol consumption, which is a good tradeoff. This I think would actually reduce crime. But it would also end the taboo concerning its addictive nature as far as treatment is concerned. It would decrease the prison population and it would increase our labor pools. Because many people are disqualified from working simply because of their marijuana use, yet their addiction or problem is better than the alcohol user counterpart who has a job or can at least look for one. And if they can work, they will not need to commit crimes to smoke their weed.

In summary, I quit smoking because it was not good for me. And I must assume that other people can make the same distinction if they realize they have a problem with its use. Not all people have addictive personalities and will become addicted to marijuana as I did. But the functionality of a marijuana addict I think is higher than an alcoholic. For one they are not as inherently violent in nature, yet many will mix the two, which isn’t a good idea. Which would be an indicator of an alcohol problem in my humble opinion.

It is just a matter of time before prohibition ends on federal the level and now the debate should no longer be on legal verse illegal, but should shift to how to implement the law once prohibition ends, in order that it is properly regulated by properly using the tax subsidies to enforce the law among the people, preventing monopolies in its distribution and sales and providing treatment for those who fall between the holes and become addicted due to its easy access as well as those who are already addicted, whose addiction will no longer be taboo.

Frank Paul Jones