Pot For Potholes: The Push To Legalize Marijuana

When you go talk to people, the same thing we're hearing time and time again, our current policies are destructive to families,” said Jacob Regan, a marijuana activist from Grand Rapids. Regan said this would also greatly reduce the number of young people who enter the adult world with a criminal blemish from pot use.

MICHIGAN:  – Last week Newschannel 3 told you about the movement to put toll booths on highways to pay for road repairs. Now there’s a new proposal that would pump money into our ailing roads by legalizing and taxing marijuana. It’s being called “pot for potholes”.

“I live in a conservative district, and I’m having my most conservative constituents in my conservative district telling me you need to legalize marijuana and tax the heck out of it,” said State Rep. Mike Callton.

The republican from Nashville said the pot tax money could pave the way for major road repairs across the state. “We do need to do something about our roads. They are definitely getting worse,” Rep. Callton said. Marijuana tax money from both medical and recreation use would go into a special fund set aside for state and county roads.

While the bill hasn’t officially been proposed yet, it’s gaining lots of support from republicans. “I think legislators are seeing this happen and they want to be on the right side of history,” Rep. Callton said.

It’s not yet known how much money this would raise. But Colorado, a state that legalized pot in 2012 is expected to take in tens of millions of dollars every year. The proposal would also reduce the cost of enforcing marijuana laws and their impacts.

“When you go talk to people, the same thing we’re hearing time and time again, our current policies are destructive to families,” said Jacob Regan, a marijuana activist from Grand Rapids. Regan said this would also greatly reduce the number of young people who enter the adult world with a criminal blemish from pot use.

“If we can take everyone outside the cannabis movement and bring them into it and show them it truly isn’t about just about getting high and it’s about government resources,” Regan said.

John Richard, a communications representative from the MDOT Grand Region said the department is open to any new ideas that would bring in revenue for road repairs without raising taxes on families. Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas

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  1. Sara Schmiel says

    This statement “need to legalize marijuana and tax the heck out of it,” said State Rep. Mike Callton” would be fine for the recreational folks, but I for one would be opposed to a bill that contains both recreational and medical in the same bill. For our family and friends that suffer from many illnesses, legalizing the medical portion would greatly improve their daily life. It would not however be affordable for them to purchase if you ” Tax the heck out of it”

    • Caleb Godlewski says

      This is where decriminalization of Cannabis would have been better suited for the industry and the user as a whole. If it were decriminalized much like an onion is, than people could grow their own, and corporations could mass produce their own, and scientists could study their own. Mass producing Cannabis starts with genetically modifying the plant so it only produces female plants and is not responsive to pollen, because a pollinated Cannabis plant is worthless, (It is riddled with seeds, and the buds loose all their medical and recreational properties) there would be no worth in mass producing plants that were susceptible to pollination. So this genetically modified weed would be sold in stores, most likely in pouches or packs of “joints” but of course their would be a connoisseur market, and a medical market that a person’s medical insurance should cover, or partially cover like prescription drugs, and with the feds backing it in this scenario, Obama care would cover it also. Those varieties would most likely be grown in highly controlled indoor “laboratories” so that peak conditions could be met 100% of the time to produce a superior cannabis plant.

      • Caleb Godlewski says

        I think black market prices are not going to stick for very long. If Cannabis production booms in this country than the prices will drop. They may start at the $10 a gram as advertised by most Cannabis dispensaries in the Northern Pacific, but as more and more of these shops come into play, the prices will drop lower and lower until it is a cheap as a cup of coffee.

        Trust me, it’s more expensive to produce a good coffee crop. And it’s pretty inexpensive to buy.

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