by Steve Kubby on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 8:37am
The ink is barely dry on our preliminary draft of our initiative and we are already a serious subject of an editorial by the Orange County Register, a conservative newspaper based in the most conservative part of Southern California. We all understand that So Cal will determine whether legalization passes or fails in California, so this editorial support is definitely a very positive sign we can succeed, especially with former Orange County judge James Gray as our Chief Proponent. See the full editorial here: http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/marijuana-290505-use-legalization.html
Our initiative, The Marijuana Regulation and Tax Act of 2012, was written by Jack Herer’s personal attorney, Bill McPike, who is our Chief Counsel and was recently featured in The National Law Journal. Bill and other attorneys believe that Jack’s initiative, the CCHHI 2012 is fatally flawed and would be overturned in court, since it deals with multiple issues. That’s why Bill wrote our initiative and that is why he is asking Jack’s supporters to switch to our initiative. (See The National Law Journal story about Bill McPike at: http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202462842284&slreturn=1&hbxlogin=1)
There are no new laws or taxes in our bill, only the full repeal of all the laws against cannabis for those 21 and older. Our team believes that so long as a single marijuana law remains on the books, police and prosecutors will find ways to use those horrible laws to punish and hurt otherwise law abiding citizens. Also, we heard the message of the No on Prop. 19 folks loud and clear. Out of respect for their concerns, we have specifically protected small growers by making their first 50 pounds and 99 plants exempt from taxes and regulations. The only crime we add is for police and public officials who attempt to subvert legalization. You can easily compare our initiative with others by going here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150140126001955&set=a.71411121954.106184.620261954&theater
Some have raised their concern that our initiative creates or modifies laws about smoking cannabis in public, operating motor vehicles, using cannabis in your home, etc. Not so. Unlike Prop. 19, our initiative “…expressly does not repeal, modify or change any present laws or regulations…” so nothing is changed for these activities from the way the law stands currently. And our initiative makes it clear that nothing in our act may be used to limit or restrict the rights of medical marijuana patients.
Several members of our team will attend the “Next Steps” meeting in So Cal on Saturday, March 19th. Unfortunately, I have a prior engagement and cannot attend. Judge Gray is scheduled to speak at 4:30 PM. To purchase a ticket to this event see: https://secure2.convio.net/dpa/site/Ecommerce/1275103829?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&product_id=1781&store_id=1101
We are already raising money and our first checks have arrived. I raised $500,000 for Prop. 215 and I raised $600,000 for my legal defense fund. Within Libertarian circles are people who have written me checks of $10,000 or more in the past. I can and will raise the $2 million we will need for this campaign.
Nothing in this initiative is set in stone and we invite comments and suggestions, now, while we still have time to make changes. Please send your comments and suggestions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the current version of our initiative, please go here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150144731535239&id=620261954
To learn more about our Chief Proponent James Gray, please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6t1EM4Onao
To become an official founding supporter of The Marijuana Regulation and Tax Act of 2012, send your contribution of $100 or more to Tax Marijuana 2012, PO Box 13591, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151.
Let freedom grow,
Tax Marijuana 2012
A SPECIAL NOTE TO MY LIBERTARIAN FRIENDS
We Libertarians hate taxes and consider most taxes to be a form of theft. Why on earth would any Libertarian ever support an initiative that includes “tax” in the title? Doesn’t supporting a new tax law create the false imprssion that Libertarians think some taxes are okay?
Libertarians understand the terrible harm caused by taxes, most of which are passed during wartime hysteria as temporary measures that soon become permanent. Many of us have tried for years to change our current tax policies and, sadly, we have failed to make any gains except for the occasional bond issue we are able to put down. I suggest it is time for a new tactic, focused on real and achievable results. It’s time for our tax policies to be set by those who are committed to reducing the size of government, NOT those who want to continue the endless expansion and intrusion of government.
Our initiative will place government on a short leash, forbid any new or special taxes and confine the taxation of marijuana to regular sales tax on commercial sales only. In return for agreeing to sales tax, we have attached some very LIbertarian requirements, such as not accepting federal funding and criminal charges for police and public officials who oppose legalization. No new tax is created by this initiative and the practice of enacting “sin” taxes against marijuana will finally be prohibited. That is real progress towards liberty and I trust that Libertarians can bring themselves to see past our odious title, which our polling company strongly recommends, and enthusiastically support the genuine tax reform that this revolutionary new initiative will bring.
For additional perspective on how the LP can directly benefit from this initiative, please see here: https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2011/02/steve-kubby-liberty-leadership-and-libertarianism/