Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gallego to introduce new marijuana use and taxation regulations

Gallego to introduce new marijuana use and taxation regulations

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 27), is working on legislation that would regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. The legislation would include a strictly enforced age limit for purchasing and using marijuana. It would also make marijuana taxable.
“The issue of marijuana regulation is pragmatic,” Gallego said. “Regulating marijuana takes sales off the street and puts them in a controlled environment. Ultimately, this will help law enforcement, especially in times when resources are limited. About 750,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana-related offenses in 2012, and the majority of those arrests were simply for possession[1]. Law enforcement officers’ time and resources would be better spent addressing serious crimes, so that we are all safer. Additionally, we can use some of the money generated from the sales to pay for public education and treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse.”
In its current draft, Gallego’s bill includes the following regulations for marijuana sale and use:
  • Prohibits any marijuana use or possession for individuals under the age of 21
  • Allows those 21 years old and older to possess and consume one ounce or less of marijuana
  • Allows those 21 years old and older to possess and grow no more than five marijuana plants
  • Allows those 21 years old and older to give one ounce or less of marijuana to another  person who is over the age of 21, as long as they do not receive any money for the transfer
  • Bans public smoking of marijuana
  • Establishes requirements for marijuana-related facilities, including retail shops that can sell marijuana
  • Imposes an excise tax on the sale or transfer of marijuana and distributes the tax proceeds to fund public education and treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, with half of the money going to the state general fund
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[1] Source: FBI 2012 Uniform Crime Report released in September 2013



1 comment:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS Rep. Gallego for taking this important step towards helping AZ make this leap into the 21st Century! The cannabis reform community is here to help w promoting your work.

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