NORML is asking for your support of Assembly Bill 390, the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act — the first bill ever introduced to legalize the sale and use of marijuana in California.
As introduced, this groundbreaking proposal would raise over $1 billion in annual revenue by taxing the retail production and sale of marijuana for adults over 21 years of age.
The bill would not alter existing legislation on the use of medicinal cannabis, nor would it impose new taxes or sanctions on the noncommercial use and cultivation of cannabis.
Assembly Bill 390 proposes to make California the first state in the nation to enact a rational public policy for the control and regulation of marijuana. Please show your support for this measure by contacting your California Assembly members and urging them to support the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act. For your convenience, a pre-written letter will be e-mailed to your state elected officials when you enter your contact information at our Legislative Alerts page.
For more information about this measure, please visit: http://www.canorml.org.
Thank you for supporting NORML’s marijuana law reform efforts in California. A sample letter to your Assembly member is provided below.
Subject: Raise Revenue, Improve Public Safety: Support AB 390
I’m writing to urge your support for Assembly Bill 390, the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act.
This measure seeks to tax and regulate the use of marijuana by adults age 21 and over. A fiscal analysis of this proposal by the State Board of Equalization estimates that AB 390 could raise more than $1.3 billion yearly in tax revenue for the state of California.
In addition to raising needed state revenue, AB 390 would: restrict access to marijuana to those under age 21; and the environmental damage to California’s public lands from the cultivation of illicit crops; and improve public safety by redirecting law enforcement efforts to focus on more serious crimes.
Public support is strongly in favor of AB 390. According to a February 2009 Zogby poll, nearly six out of ten voters on the west coast say that they support taxing and regulating the use and sale of marijuana like alcohol.
It¹s time for California taxpayers to stop wasting money trying to enforce marijuana prohibition, and to instead realize the tax benefits derived from a legal, regulated cannabis market. I urge you to vote “yes” on Assembly Bill 390.