Prop. 19 Will Not Benefit CA Economy

Ask any person walking around San Francisco, let alone a college student, if they think marijuana should be legalized.  Most will say yes.  Some may cite recreational use without police interference, but many will point to the hope that the regulation and taxation of marijuana would create a new tax source from which the state could benefit.

Though medical marijuana is federally illegal, it has been legal in California since 1995, with hundreds of dispensaries across the state today.  It has been taxed since 2005 as any other legal commodity in the state, but established growers of medical marijuana worry that new legalized growers will interfere with their business.

Politicians in favor of Prop 19 argue that all this income to the state will come as a result of regulation and taxation. None of the people in office, however, have given any suggestion for how that will be done. This is probably it is a nearly impossible task.  A clear method for collecting taxes and enforcing regulation should be established before the bill is passed.

What makes the government think that people who have successfully hidden growth and distribution for so many years will suddenly come out of the woodwork and willingly hand over a portion of their profits to the state?  Taxed growers would make far fewer earnings than those who remain underground, thus negating the motivation for growers to subject themselves to regulation and taxation.  If the plant becomes legal in November, the free market price would plummet over $250 to only $38 an ounce, which is great for buyers but incomprehensible for growers.

The only thing taxation would do is inspire massive tax evasion by people who are good at hiding.  No one will choose to pay a tax on a product that is so lucrative for those who manage to conceal their growing operations.  Besides, Prop 19 doesn’t even require the state to tax marijuana; it simply gives local governments the opportunity to decide their own rates for regulation and taxation, which is a public-policy nightmare.

On Oct. 1, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1449 that changed possession of less than an ounce of pot from a misdemeanor to an infraction.  Though the fine remains $100, it effectively decriminalized weed in California.  This has already begun to drastically reduce the amount of people in jail for marijuana-related offenses and the amount of taxpayer dollars spent keeping them there (Trans World News).  Many proponents of legalization argue that harmless pot smokers soak up our taxpayer dollars in jail, and yet this bill already benefits the state’s pocketbook without the moral issues that inevitably come into play when discussing legalization.

Schwarzenegger says, “Proposition 19 is a deeply flawed measure that, if passed, will adversely impact California’s businesses without bringing in the tax revenues to the state promised by its proponents.”          Even if Proposition 19 passes in November, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on it.  From an economic standpoint, California should put off the legalization of marijuana for recreational use as long as possible.

Ashby Conwell is a sophomore sociology major

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain

Opinion Editor: Laura Waldron

197 thoughts on “Prop. 19 Will Not Benefit CA Economy”

  1. Immediately after study a couple of of the blog posts on your internet site now, and I truly like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and might be checking back soon. Pls have a look at my internet website too and let me know what you think.

  2. I discovered your weblog website on google and check a couple of of your early posts. Continue to maintain up the very good operate. I just further up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Searching for forward to reading a lot more from you later on!

  3. Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the web the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people consider worries that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks
    cheap Louis Vuitton

  4. My wife and i felt absolutely thankful Peter managed to deal with his researching through the ideas he acquired through the blog. It is now and again perplexing to simply choose to be offering things that some other people might have been making money from. We really do know we have the blog owner to be grateful to for that. The entire explanations you made, the easy web site navigation, the relationships you will make it possible to create – it’s got all impressive, and it’s assisting our son in addition to our family know that the situation is entertaining, which is particularly pressing. Thank you for the whole thing!
    Cheap Louis Vuitton Wallet outlet

  5. When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails using the same comment. Is there any way you may get rid of me from that service? Thanks!
    jordans for cheap

  6. Hi! Quick question that’s entirely off topic. Do you know how to
    make your site mobile friendly? My weblog looks weird when viewing from
    my iphone. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to fix this problem.
    If you have any recommendations, please share. Thanks!

  7. I was just seeking this information for some time. After six hours of continuous Googleing, finally I got it in your website. I wonder what is the lack of Google strategy that do not rank this kind of informative sites in top of the list. Usually the top sites are full of garbage.
    louis vuitton sale

  8. Thanks for another fantastic post. The place else may just anybody get that
    type of info in such a perfect manner of writing?
    I have a presentation next week, and I’m at the search for such information.

  9. Soyez plus agressif. Lorsque interrog茅s sur ce qu’ils voulaient dans le lit, les femmes ont d茅cid茅 presque 脿 l’unanimit茅 que le sexe plus agressive est une priorit茅 absolue. [1] [2] Bien s没r, cela ne signifie pas la forcer 脿 faire quelque chose qu’elle ne veut pas le faire, mais plut么t, 锚tre confiant pendant les rapports sexuels et ne pas avoir peur de prendre le contr么le de la situation.

  10. Pictures are one of the the majority of disregarded components of a website. Your investment whole WEB OPTIMIZATION a part of it along with consider the particular blind, this is why we have these types of. Currently just think that the spiders usually are shutter also in addition to cannot read words and phrases throughout pictures that very well. We do know these people review it to get color and can notice persons.

  11. Hello! Do yߋu know if they make any plugins tto assist ѡith Sewrch
    Engine Optimization? І’m trying to ցet my blog to rank for some targeted keywords Ƅut
    I’m not seeing vеry good gains. If yyou know of
    any рlease share. Ϻany thankѕ!

    My site … dragon city

  12. After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox
    and now whenever a comment is added I receive four
    emails with the same comment. There has to be a way you can remove
    me from that service? Appreciate it!

    Also visit my blog: Article

  13. This design is wicked! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great job.
    I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you
    presented it. Too cool!

    Here is my site :: shipping kenya

  14. This is the right site for anyone who wants to understand this topic.
    You know a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I
    actually would want to…HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a
    topic which has been discussed for years.
    Wonderful stuff, just wonderful!

    Here is my website – try tube viperx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>