Marijuana legalization grows closer with Senate tax proposal

Full article is at the link here.  Intro to new piece for is:

Want to legalize marijuana federally? Propose sensible taxes on the drug.

That’s the tactic of a new bill from two Oregon Democrats: House Ways
and Means Committee member Earl Blumenauer and ranking Senate Finance Committee member Ron Wyden. It takes on tough questions: What should a marijuana tax measure? Should it tax medical marijuana? The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act (MRRA) provides thoughtful answers.

What to tax?

The 64-page bill, S. 776, and House companions H.R. 1823 and 1841, starts out problematically, taxing marijuana by price for a five-year transition period, but ends up brilliantly, with sophisticated weight-based taxes for the long run. A companion bill repeals the useful current tax on advertising. Continue reading “Marijuana legalization grows closer with Senate tax proposal”

Critique of Blumenauer-Wyden marijuana tax proposals

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Congressional advocates for marijuana legalization, led by Oregon’s Congressman Blumenauer and Senator Wyden, introduced three bills to advance the process. (Dividing the package allows Committees to consider parts simultaneously, rather than one after the other. That may be wishful thinking.)

Here’s an off-the-cuff preliminary reaction to the tax parts of the package.  I’ll work to refine the analysis.

For tax, the package has strengths and weaknesses. Continue reading “Critique of Blumenauer-Wyden marijuana tax proposals”

NC HB2: What Would The Founders Do?

What’s the solution to NC’s broken bathroom law? Just look to the Founders.  1200 words here. Summary below.

I.  Substance – way forward is clear:

For bathrooms, repeal birth certificate rule – HB2 is indefensibly wrong on Texas wrestler; replace with old law – Jim Martin.

For everything else, local option.

II.  Procedure is hang-up – Rs want to limit city power on local option Continue reading “NC HB2: What Would The Founders Do?”

HB2 repeal — local NDOs revived

UPDATE 31 March 2017:  Rather than delete an old post, I’m using the link to post information about the 15 local nondiscrimination ordinances that the North Carolina General Assembly brought back to life March 30. HB2 had repealed them; yesterday’s law overruled that repeal.  PDFs available on request from

From: Sarah Dunning (Rep. Verla Insko)

Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:20 AM
To: ‘Pat Oglesby’
Cc: Gina Insko (Rep. Verla Insko)
Subject: LGBT protection ordinances in North Carolina

Hi Pat,

My name is Sarah Dunning and I am Rep. Insko’s research intern. I looked at the list you were given by Equality NC and contacted those cities and counties to find out what exactly their anti-discrimination protections were. Most indicated to me that they have some kind of ordinance or resolution that protects the LGBT community from discrimination: Buncombe County, Mecklenburg County, Orange County, Asheville, Bessemer City, Boone, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem. Guilford County and Franklinton were the only items on the list that I could not find any kind of ordinance that protected the LGBT community from discrimination.
Continue reading “HB2 repeal — local NDOs revived”