November 4th, 2010 | By Pirate
This is a point that I hear from the opposing side of Prop19.
A no on 19er said this to me in a conversation about why he opposes Prop19 today.
“”Taxing medicine is immoral. Why are you trying to take the ‘medical’ out of ‘marijuana’? Why do you want to punish the sick and dying?”
There was a lot more to it, and I have a PDF of the whole conversation. But that is a point not only voiced by him, but Dragonfly and others have voiced that opinion as well.
My response is:
But Prop19 wasn’t responsible for taxing marijuana. What I am saying is Prop 215 is not going to do th…ese to things for you EITHER:
1. Prop215 does not save you from capitalism, or large scale grow ops.
2. Prop215 does not exclude you from paying any taxes.
Everyone is complaining because Prop19 talked about taxes, and regulation.
Well millions and millions of dollars have been paid on marijuana in California. Thats a fact. And there are tax laws that do govern marijuana in California. Check this: http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/173.pdf
To this day there is not a single law that excludes marijuana from being taxed in California, with exception to the non-profit laws.
Prop 19 did not change the non-profit (501c) laws in any way shape for form.
So these non-profit collectives that have not been paying taxes on marijuana, that would continue to be the case. Non-profits would still maintain their rights as non-profits.
What I am saying is not that I want to cause ANY malice to patients.
What I am saying is that Prop 19 did not effect Prop215. And Prop19 gave rights, it did not take any away.
The hysteria that you are stirring up is what concerns me.
If you think Prop 215 alone is better than both Prop 215 + Prop 19.. Then I can not understand your point of view.
Its almost like the difference between freedom and fascism to me.
Why reduce rights instead of giving more rights to more people?
If Prop 19 would have passed, millions of marijuana consumers would have had rights to grow, possess, transport and sell marijuana.
Yes I know, it covers sales and leaves it up to the municipalities.
Hmm. Its ALREADY up to the municipalities. Oakland is proof of that.
And patients do not stop getting the right to be patients. Its not like Prop19 passes and the government finally deems all of these people well and good.