Sheree M. Krider
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Subject: USMJP Listserv: Taxing and Regulating Marijuana is a Stupid
Idea that needs to end now.
Date: Fri, May 15, 2009 8:53 am
Taxing and Regulating Marijuana is a Stupid Idea that needs to end now.
Since Obama’s inauguration there has been a constant media mantra from
all ends of the political spectrum: "Tax and Regulate Marijuana." This
is the dumbest solution to end the 71 year War on Marijuana users. It
won’t make Marijuana cheap enough for the sick. It won’t destroy the
Mexican Drug Cartels. It will not provide the counterbalance to those
rights lost in the wake of 911. And it will not necessarily stop the
arrest of nearly 840,000 Marijuana consumers each year.
At no time in recent history has there been such a perfect opportunity
to reform the Marijuana Laws in this once-great country. Last week, for
the first time, a Zogby poll found that a clear 52% majority of
Americans are now willing to support the complete Re-Legalization of
Marijuana: and not just for Medical purposes.
So let’s not allow Allen St. Pierre (NORML), Ethan Nadleman (DPA), Rob
Kampia (MPP) sell us out on the false solution hiding behind the rubric
of "tax and regulate Marijuana." Now is the time to demand true reform
through MERP which treats Marijuana much like we treat home beer and
wine production: neither is taxed or regulated. And there is little or
no government interference.
It is important to note that the MERP Model does allow commercial
licences and whatever taxation the government deems reasonable. But
equally important the MERP Model treats home cultivation of Marijuana as
a sacred, untaxed, unregulated inalienable right: much like home beer
and wine production is treated in most states. It is only through this
MERP model that the greed and avarice of the government can be kept at
bay. The "tax and regulate" fantasy of these moneyed drug reform
organizations will not and can not achieve the final "Drug Peace" that
the MERP Model will bring forward.
In the weeks to come I am going to challenge all three of these moneyed
drug reformers to a debate on the merits of the MERP Model. It is time
that they either support the implementation of the MERP Model or are
castigated for their short sighted "tax and regulate" non solution. MERP
should not be supported because I authored it. It should be supported
because it serves the greater good of a free society where "pigs" (e.g.,
police that bust Marijuana consumers) can no longer violate our privacy
A "tax and regulate" model will never achieve the increases in personal
freedom that MERP does by design. I would garuntee that 3 weeks after
the implementation of the MERP model you would see the Mexican Drug
Cartels implode as 70% of their profits — which are derived from
Marijuana sales — would evaporate over night.
Please take the time to go to MERP Headquarters and read all of the
articles and watch all of the videos. And if you still have questions
please forward them to me. I would be more than happy to explain any
aspect of the MERP Model that is not clear to any fellow activists.
The Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy Project (MRPP)
Yours in Peace and Freedom,
Bruce W. Cain
Editor, New Age Citizen
The MERP Model for Re-Legalization will destroy the Mexican Drug Cartels
and much, much more. Please visit and post the following link far and
wide. This subweb is both for understanding MERP and implementing MERP.
We need everyones help on this. Get on the mailing list now! Let’s
Re-Legalize Marijuana in 2009 World Wide.
The Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy Project (MRPP)
Re-Legalize Marijuana Now, Obama (1)
Re-Legalize Marijuana Now, Obama (2)
The Peaceful 2nd American Revolution Begins by Re-Legalizing Marijuana
Re-Legalize Marijuana: A Better Way to Destroy the Mexican Drug Cartels
Marijuana: Past, Present and Future from Bruce Cain on Vimeo.
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Date: Thursday, May 14, 2009, 5:07 PM
From: Allen St. Pierre
Date: 04/13/09 19:00:30
To: NORML News
Subject: Marijuana Consumers Demand to Pay Taxes!
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April 13, 2009
Marijuana Consumers Demand to Pay Taxes!
$14 billion dollar check presented to US Treasury represents "tax and
regulate" boost to economy
New York, NY: On April 15, better known as Tax Day, at 8:00 AM
representatives and supporters of the National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), including the organization’s national
director Allen St. Pierre, will stand on the steps of the General Post
Office in Midtown Manhattan and present a check for $14 billion to the
US Treasury Department.
The check total is an estimate of what American taxpayers spend every
year to maintain marijuana prohibition. According to the report "The
Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition in the United States",
Americans spend some $6 billion on law enforcement costs related to
enforcing marijuana laws. Taxing and regulating the production and sale
of cannabis like alcohol products would reduce these costs while raising
an estimated $8 billion in new tax revenue. That’s according to Nobel
Prize Winner Milton Friedman and over 500 other accredited economists.
"On a day when so many Americans lament having to pay state and federal
income taxes, we’re representing America’s millions of otherwise
law-abiding cannabis consumersâ€”as well as supportive
non-consumersâ€”who’re ready, willing, vocal and able to contribute
this huge sum to our struggling economy, while providing truly ‘green’
jobs and allowing police to focus on more important priorities," says
Allen St. Pierre, NORML’s Executive Director. "All we ask in exchange
for our $14 billion is the right to smoke our pot responsibly and in
peaceâ€”just in the same way as the millions of daily consumers of
alcohol products in our country."
Representatives of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana
Laws, including NORML’s national director Allen St. Pierre
American cannabis consumers and anti-prohibitionists present a $14
billion check to the US Treasury.
April 15th, 2009 at 8:00 AM (press conference with mock check) and 4:20
PM presentation of check with NORML supporters.
The steps of the General Post Office in Manhattan
441 Eighth Ave
New York, NY
CONTACT FOR INTERVIEWS:
Allen St. Pierre, NORML, 202-483-5500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Liebesman-Martinuk, Esq., NY NORML, 212-804-5740,
David Bienenstock, author of ‘The Official High Times Pot Smoker’s
Handbook’ and a senior editor at the magazine, 212-387-0500
References regarding the economics of cannabis legalization:
http://www.cantaxreg.com (See: Revenue Potential and Economic Analysis,
and Background Materials.
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