• Just Like We Called It: Black Market Weed Dealers Will Still Make Bank Because The Government Wants To Tax Legalized Weed 28% And Add Crazy Regulations



    Just Like We Called It: Black Market Weed Dealers Will Still Make Bank Because The Government Wants To Tax Legalized Weed 28% And Add Crazy Regulations

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    Last October we warned potheads to vote No on Question 4, because the last thing any real pothead wants to see is the legalization of marijuana. We pointed out that when this is your campaign slogan:

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    You should never vote for it. Tax and regulate – nothing good comes out of either one of those words. The idea that taxation is a good thing when you’re living in a state like Massachusetts is clinically insane. We are talking about voluntarily handing over money to a body of people who just voted overwhelmingly to give themselves a 40% raise. This includes people like Representative Dylan Fernandez, who had been in office for all of one month when he voted for the bill. And when they’re not giving each other raises they are allocating funding for fraudulent non-profits that rip off the taxpayers, more food stamps for ratchets who sell them on Facebook, and looking to see which highways they can add more tolls to.

    And we were 1,000% right:

    SourceLess than a year after Massachusetts voters approved legalizing marijuana and taxing it at a rate of 12 percent, lawmakers already seek a larger take of the dealer’s cut. In shifting marijuana from decriminalized to legal status, voters permitted a maximum tax of 12 percent on sales of the sweet leaf. Seven months later, the state legislature seeks to grab more of pot profits by permitting taxes as high as 28 percent. Apart from raising taxes, the 48-page omnibus bill currently before the Great and General Court seeks to expand a cannabis board to five members, prohibit localities from enforcing laws against the transportation or delivery of pot, maintain a database on people using medical marijuana. The more than 54 percent who voted to legalize marijuana in November’s election authorized a tax of no more than 12 percent. The 28 percent tax represents a 133 percent increase over the initial rate. Legislators seek to hold a vote on Thursday. 

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    Pigs at the trough ladies and gentlemen. This is how they do. You voted for a law and compelled them to enact it. They have not done so yet because they haven’t figured out how to steal enough money out of it. You compelled them to enact a 12% tax. They said they were taking 28%, because they have to figure out a way to make up for all that money they just spent giving themselves a raise.

    You voted for a simple bill that took up half a column on your ballot in November. They’ve turned that into a 48 page omnibus bill.

    They’re creating a five member “cannabis board” that will likely be comprised of well connected hacks who lost their jobs when we shut down the Mass Pike toll booths, who will of course paid handsomely off of tax revenue, and will regulate exactly how much THC can be in this legal product.

    Oh, and they want to create a “database” for people using medical marijuana. And we know from history that when the government starts compiling lists of people, nothing good comes of that. The only reason they’re putting you on a list is so that they can have a reason to deny you from getting a LTC. So they’re “giving” you one right, and taking away another without telling you.

    And advertising marijuana if you’re selling it? You can forget about that too:

    Advertising practices by the marijuana industry would be severely limited under the proposed law. Radio, TV, billboard, print and internet advertising would be prohibited, unless at least 71.6 percent of the audience is over 21. Ads cannot be targeted to anyone under 21, nor can they depict anyone less than 21. Neon signs at retail marijuana shops would be prohibited, and lighted signs could only be illuminated 30 minutes before sunset and until closing.

    So you can’t advertise a product that is perfectly legal in a free country operating under a free enterprise system. Makes sense. You also can’t put digital ads on Turtleboy Sports for your weed business unless we can prove that at least 71.6% of our audience is over the age of 21. Good, more red tape for legitimate business owners. But yet when I drive on the highway I see Coors Light billboards everywhere. Oh, and no neon lights for your weed shop either. That might attract customers.

    This is what the government does in Massachusetts people. They take a good thing and they fuck it up. It’s the only thing they know how to do.

    The good news is that your local weed guy isn’t going out of business. TB’s boy Diego was really worried about that, but since he doesn’t have to charge an extra 28% for his bags he can undercut weed shops that are following these guidelines and everyone’s gonna go to him. And luckily for Diego he can’t really be classified as a drug dealer now. He’s just a gypsy weed guy who’s selling a legalized product without a license.

     

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    Discussion

    1. Semen Cannon


      Democrats have never met a tax they didn’t like.

    2. KJDS


      “Let me tell you how it will be
      There’s one for you, nineteen for me
      ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

      Should five per cent appear too small
      Be thankful I don’t take it all
      ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

      If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
      If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
      If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
      If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

      Don’t ask me what I want it for
      If you don’t want to pay some more
      ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

      Now my advice for those who die
      Declare the pennies on your eyes
      ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
      And you’re working for no one but me.”

      -George Harrison, The Beatles

    3. Eric


      Can i have diego’s number???

    4. Peter Lupone


      Spot ON with your cut-right-to-it blog article about weed.
      I’m driven to grow my own, and leave me be.

      Why do so many people do the dumb, should-have-known-better, type of thing in trusting that the government will take care of everything?

      This is what scares me more than anything else: stupid, dumb people.

    5. Wtf


      No , Diego is just a nice guy giving it away to friends. And if he happens to find a cpl 20.00s on the floor later on then yay for him. Lol

    6. Tired of Don't Snitch Pussies


      The irony of the situation is epic.

      A bunch of brain dead pot heads vote to legalize marijuana – and then the government bends you over to exercise your right to remain stupid.

    7. Phong


      This is what happens when you show our reps they aren’t as important as they think they are. They put their own spin on it to screw it all up out of spite. Anything they pass should be repealed by another ballot vote.

      Hell we should have a referendum that says they can’t modify ANYTHING that was a ballot question. They’d change that too I bet.

      1. J.


        Next referendum should be an anti-corruption bill that states they can’t do shit like this. Oh wait, South Dakota tried and it got repealed under a government declared “State of Emergency” during which it is impossible to stop them from doing whatever the fuck they want.

        This Commonwealth is fucked, and I would love to see if they would go to the extent that the hacks in SD did to hide their skeletons even deeper.

    8. MermaidsLOVEturtles


      I forewarned my pot head friends as well about this and even though I smoke I voted NO on that ballot for this very reason! Not only for taxes but also theyre going to be chemicalizing it, and the dispensaries ( if not already) will all soon become ALL GMOd hybrid crops. Then they’re going to say it’s bad for you and actually be able to prove their fake weed is harmful and thus will make it illegal indefinitely forever!! Why you may ask? Because Marijuana saves lives, and helps severely ill people that otherwise would have to be dependent on pHARMAceuticals toxic chemicals that cost way more and causes more health issues to the consumer. Basically marijuana is healthier and it will impact corporate pHARMas bottom line!!! They only profit off of sickness, that’s why they don’t cure shit, and only dispense meds that mask your issues!!! Think about this now, think of all the cancer patients and how much pHARMa profits off those sick dying folks! Cannabis is way cheaper, don’t know about others but 20 a baggy sure beats a $40,000k co pay for chemo pills that lasts only a month!! People will be revolting all the corrupt crooked nazi zionist corp CROOKS and the GOVTS operating for them too!!! Those chemtrails spraying aluminum and all that FLOURIDE, aren’t enough to dumb us down!! Btw both of these chemicals are known neuro toxins even in minimal amounts!! So much so that they’re now classified as such on the CDC!! Wake up sheep, and be a turtle rider !!!!

      1. Elle


        According to another article on Masslive, they are looking to up the tax rate to 56%. Bunch of bullshit is what it is. Good thing it’s legal to grown your own, I’d rather spend my money on that then give it it to the government schmucks.

      2. Hughbo Mont


        Chemtrails? LOL!! And pot hybrids aren’t genetically modified.

      3. Barney Miller


        First, what do Zionists have to do with recreational Marijuana in Massachusetts? They support the reestablishment of Israel and could care less about Massachusetts politics. Second, while Marijuana may help ease the effects of cancer and help with the side effects of cancer treatment, it does not cure cancer.

    9. Big Raymond


      The argument for legalizing anything should stand on it’s own without having to bribe the government with a huge cash kickback from over taxation.

      If something is worth doing, don’t sweet-talk Beacon Hill crooks with cash, do it because it’s worth doing. I’m no pot-head but I can’t see stoners jumping through too many government hoops when pot has always been available.

    10. DW


      Colorado reader here.
      The state has pulled in over $200 million since legalizing it here.
      The first $40m every year is supposed to go straight to education. Yet we still have to pay for kindergarten and a lot of the time have to pay for books for our children. Public education is a joke until you get to the university level.

      On top of that, the roads are still shit. They “fix” them over the course of 5-10 years, then sell them to private companies who toll them. My point is the article literally explains the government regardless of what is happening. It is always about money for them. Even voting in this day and age is a trap.

      1. Big Raymond


        Remember the “Big Tobacco” state lawsuits and settlements, everyone on their fuckn soap box preaching. The states didn’t even spend the money they won on for “Tobacco Education” that they agreed to and was an integral portion of their lawsuit.

        The States had to be sued by outside parties just to get them to spend the minimum they agreed to spend on Tobacco Education and so forth. They were spending the lawsuit money on BS to get themselves re-elected. Same shit different decade.

      2. Barney Miller


        Work on my stretch of I-25 in Colorado Springs has been constantly ongoing and don’t get me started on potholes. They could be used as the state’s mascot. Still, it looks like the Massachusetts legislature wants to rip up the bill voters approved last November and replace it with their own shit show of a bill that Jacks up the tax on Marijuana to pay for that sweet 40% raise they gave themselves. Typical corrupt, useless wastes of flesh – aka politicians.

    11. Steven Stover


      The real junkies are the state reps who are addicted to our money and going on a binge. The only way to help them is vote them out. Anytime I see a Republican on the ballot they get a automatic vote from me.

      1. Concernedtaxpayer


        That was the case in how they rigged the election by electoral votes…. did you know that if you voted for any democrat on the ballot, that Hillary got the vote. So even if you voted for trump (republican)and then checked off all the other options for your state that were a majority of democrats, then it would sway your vote to elect democrat Hillary too even though you chose trump!! This isn’t a joke! I literally read of this happening in other states where people were watching their trump votes be counted as Clinton votes and that was why. So I made it a point to vote all and only republican and if I wasn’t given an option to vote for a republican or unenrolled party, then I didn’t check off the box and left that question in the ballot answered, their were at least 2 questions on the ballot that people basically had no choice in Massachusetts but to choose a democrat, and people probably checked them off because their was no other option….. people should’ve left it blank! If the electoral vote was true for Massachusetts and Hillary was the winning candidate, then Massachusetts is truly riddled with highly uneducated folks! People in power positions within the commonwealth currently are all in thier places because of WHO they know not because of the populous or their credentials because most have criminal records, just as most court officials, and court officerss, lawyers, even judges who are crooked! Just look at the Marlborough district court, police department, the towns they service as well as Framingham dcf, and family probate court in cambridge!!! This state needs a complete overhaul! It’s a failed system at every level!!

        1. wabbitt


          Are you on acid? Or is your tin foil hat too tight?

    12. wabbitt


      Set me up with Diego’s number.

    13. Maggie the Cat


      Seems to me that pot should be taxed at at least the same rate as cigarettes. If not, people can buy tobacco and rolling paper and rolling machines and make their own cigarettes that look like hand-rolled pot — then claim, when they’re told they can’t smoke someplace that’s public, that they’re smoking pot and not tobacco! Fair is fair!

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