It’s been widely reported yesterday, and the reporting is expanding today, that California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (Democrat-San Francisco) has submitted A.B. 390 to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana.
Once again the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has a quick and easy letter you can send to California legislators if you as a citizen of California support this bill, A.B 390. You can choose among several different letters, by hitting the appropriate link at the site. The California weblog page of MPP also has some information.
[addition of 03.01.09]: What to read the current version of A.B. 390? Enter “390” in the appropriate search field and select “bill number”, and follow the onscreen promts.[end addition]
I sent mine yesterday, and this time I wrote my own (it has typos, but at this point they can’t be edited).
Some of the thoughts expressed are based upon my prior post titled San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Medical Marijuana, and Waiting to Inhale. Here’s my letter:
February 23, 2009
[recipient address was inserted here]
Dear [recipient name was inserted here],
It’s my understanding that California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has authored
a bill, A.B. 390, that will legalize and tax marijuana. Additionally, it
will regulate it similar to how alcohol and cigarettes are currently
This seems like common sense legislation to me. Recently I was appalled
to find out that San Diego County has been refusing to issue Medical
Marijuana IDs to patients with a prescription from their doctors for its
use, which either prevents them from using this medicine, or subjects them
and their caregivers to the pressure of arrest. Caregivers in our county
are reportedly being stormed by swat-like police teams, their property
confiscated. It’s now about 15-years since Californians legalized medical
marijuana, and some counties within the state are refusing to follow our
I find myself wondering why state authorities haven’t arrested our County
Supervisors for failing to follow California law. When any of the rest of
us decide to challenge a law in court, as they reportedly have, we still
have to follow the law that’s in existence until such time as a court
overturns it or the legislature agrees on new laws. I understand this is
a complex issue, involving federal government prohibition, but it makes a
poor example when our own local leaders refuse to follow a state law
passed by ballot proposition some 15-years ago.
Therefore, I’m feeling quite strongly that legalization and taxation is
the next step for the people of California to take: San Diego County has
refused to issue IDs to lawfully prescribed patients, subjecting them to
arrest, if not prosecution, and the state has failed to arrest the real
lawbreakers: the county supervisors! Therefore, to legalize, tax, and
regulate marijuana makes some sense to ratchet up the pressure on the
supervisors and over time, upon the Federal government through the U.S.
California just had a record budget stalemate, along with reported tax
increases and service cutbacks. Think of the tax revenues that could roll
in with regulated and taxed marijuana, but also remember all the otherwise
good people who’ve been hurt by the insane prohibition of *a weed* through
stiff enforcement and jail time. How much money have Californian’s been
taxed to process and jail all these citizens all these past years?
Just thinking of these folks’ tragedies over the course of decades breaks
Please support A.B. 390.
The recipients were: