Spokane cannabis workshop video

June 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Intros, then questions and answers:  An hour and five minutes. Link here, or https://vimeo.com/130489985

This is part of the Workshop, https://aclu-wa.org/cannabis2015.  At the public marijuana subcommittee summit in Spokane, WA, June 11, with featured guests: « Read the rest of this entry »

Tax large buyers

June 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

Regular and heavy users of cannabis are at risk of overdoing it, as the RAND Report for Vermont points out. How might cannabis businesses attempt to target them?

Some options include bulk pricing, customer rewards, sales promotions, and loyalty discounts, like buy 10 and then get one at cost (which we saw in Spokane with the ACLU-WOLA group), or buy 10 and get one for free.

Still, a standard bulk discount is hard to argue with. For instance, if you buy a gallon of milk, you pay less per ounce than if you buy 8 pints.  But taxing by weight, rather than by price, takes away some of the benefit of the bulk discount to the heavy user. « Read the rest of this entry »

Spokane panel

June 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

Spokane panel


Video soon, I think.  Part of the Workshop, https://aclu-wa.org/cannabis2015.  At the public marijuana subcommittee summit in Spokane, WA with featured guests:

· Julio Calzada (Immediate Past Secretary General of the National Drugs Board;of Uruguay « Read the rest of this entry »

Cannabis info assembled

June 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

The ACLU of Washington State and the Washington (D.C.) Office on Latin America have assembled a fantastic set of reference materials on evaluation of cannabis legalization policies.  Click here or go to https://aclu-wa.org/cannabis2015, which leads to a reference materials and a five-page reading list.

The reading list is reachable directly here or at https://aclu-wa.org/sites/default/files/attachments/Cannabis%20Policy%20Evaluation%20Workshop%20-%20RECOMMENDED%20READING.pdf

Gvt cannabis store!

June 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

At right is Don Stevens, Mayor of the first jurisdiction ever to set up a cannabis store — North Bonneville, WA.

photo june 2015

Story at http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/18/washington-state-pot-store-brings-revenue-to-local-town/.

ITEP on medical loophole

June 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

ITEP report — if medical cannabis gets a tax break:  “If the standard for doctors recommending marijuana in a given state is not restrictive, then a huge part of the recreational marijuana tax base could disappear as individuals are incentivized to falsely claim a medical need to get the discount.”  Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, 2015, http://www.itep.org/pdf/marijuanaissuesreport.pdf.  ITEP is described by the right-wing Carolina Journal as a “left-wing research institution.”

Means testing for the tax break would reduce the problem, but not solve it.  Another option is to tax everyone equally and let the spending side of government, like a Public Health agency, take care of needy patients.

Lampach statement on testing

June 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here is the statement of David Lampach, CEO of Steep Hill, to the California Blue Ribbon Commission on marijuana legalization.

A key sentence from his statement is:

From my experience, the foundation of a well regulated and consumer oriented cannabis marketplace must include these three principles:  “individual responsibility”, “transparency”, and “accountability”.

Full statement pasted below.  More legible pdf is at DLBlueRibbonCommTestimony6-3-15. « Read the rest of this entry »


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