THE ROOTS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IN CALIFORNIA MIGHT BE CRUMBLING
- December 26, 2018
In all honesty, the issue of marijuana legalization is pretty complicated. From its roots on the Pacific Coast, the movement to accept this little green plant has pretty much torn the country in half and has spawned a polarized mix of overwhelming support or extreme disgust. (Quite literally, over half of our country supports the plant, while the other portion is not budging.) Of course, you would think the tides would change as more states join the cause, but the opposite can be said for California (of all places). While Californians initially supported Proposition 64, the residents of the Golden State are starting to understand the reality of “recreational use” and have started digging their heels into the dirt. One place to start is a non-profit group in California, which has been shut down due to the pot controversy. Let’s take a closer look at this bizarre situation rolling out in our state.
On January 1, 2018, the State of California ordered all marijuana businesses to start paying taxes for products, including strings of samples and donations. For Sweetleaf Collective, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to low-income HIV/AIDS and cancer patients, this pretty much spelled doom for their business model. Due to the fact that it does not charge a single dollar for its medical products, the company cannot pay thousands of dollars in state taxes, meaning Sweetleaf has been forced to stop its production for now. Joe Airone (Sweetleaf’s founder) emphasized how the recent tax was created without consideration of non-profit marijuana groups, adding another wrench to the chugging engine of confusion.
Charity instead of Charging
Due to the fact that the sunset clause is put into effect after a 30-day period (from now), Sweetleaf recently teamed up with the Dennis Peron Legacy Project to give one more batch of medical marijuana to HIV/AIDS and cancer patients. Although the group was able to donate 100 pounds of the plant in 2017, the California government will not allow Sweetleaf (and other non-profits) to conduct this business without paying a hefty tax. So, we have to ask ourselves, how far can legalization efforts go?
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