We ended the prohibition of marijuana in our state. Now let’s end the ridiculous regulation and heavy taxation holding back Cannabis businesses.
The Prohibition of alcohol did nothing for our society but create crime and ruin lives and the prohibition of marijuana is no better. Thankfully here in Washington, we saw the light and made cannabis legal, but we have more work to do.
Heavy taxation and regulation is creating an environment that is oppressing the entire cannabis industry, restricting job growth and better pay.
As a person who a decade ago would have been considered anti-marijuana, after significant research and hearing testimony, I am now of the opinion that this 2nd prohibition must end and we must explore the benefits of this plant to its full potential.
The prohibition did little but create a prison industrial complex, destroy thousands of lives and keep cannabis out of the hands of many who could have received significant economic and health benefits.
I am learning more about all of the benefits of cannabis, nearly daily. It seems to be a miracle plant, even in the treatment of cancer. I have heard countless reports of Cannabis oil helping in the treatment of various ailments. The cannabis plant seems to have dozens of applications.
The legalization of recreational cannabis in WA has been a bit of a Trojan horse. It seems this was the government's way of turning it into a cash cow, with the total tax on retail sales accumulating to 75%! (http://dor.wa.gov/Content/FindTaxesAndRates/marijuana/Default.aspx).
Federally, most recently I learned that the FDA’s reclassification of CBD as a Schedule one drug, brought cannabis under its control and has shut down many thriving business offering products the people enjoyed.http://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/blogs/insider-law/2015/05/fda-products-containing-cbd-cannot-be-sold-as-die.aspx
Classifying the cannabis here in WA as recreational seemed like a positive but has resulted in a labyrinth of regulation that has stifled the industry.
It is time to get government out of the way and stop supporting the pharmaceutical industry's attempt to block free access to an affordable treatment alternative treatment for so many diseases by over taxing it and regulating it to death.
We ended the prohibition in our state; now let’s end the over-regulation and taxation so that we can enjoy all of the benefits the cannabis industry has to offer.
About Michelle Darnell
Michelle Darnell is running as a Libertarian for House Representative in the 48th District. She is a mother of 4 and a graduate of Ferndale high school and a 25+ year Washington resident. In 2014 she ran for state senate in the 48th garnishing 36% of the vote as a political newbie.
Michelle is a foreclosure defense paralegal and homeowner advocate, working to restore justice to homeowners facing unnecessary foreclosure in our state. Michelle is running to be a voice for small business suffering under the burden of regulation and taxation, because everyone deserves opportunity.