Profiles In Cannabis: Tom Ammiano

NORML is proud to confirm that California state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will be delivering the opening remarks at the 2009 National Conference in San Francisco, CA.

In February, Assemblyman Ammiano introduced legislation to legalize and regulate the commercial production and sale of cannabis for adults age 21 or over. The proposal — Assembly Bill 390: The Marijuana Control, Regulation and Education Act — is the first bill ever to be introduced in the California legislature that seeks to tax and control the sale of cannabis.

Says Ammiano: “With the state in the midst of an historic economic crisis, the move towards regulating and taxing marijuana is simply common sense. This legislation would generate much needed revenue for the state, restrict access to only those over 21, end the environmental damage to our public lands from illicit crops, and improve public safety by redirecting law enforcement efforts to more serious crimes. California has the opportunity to be the first state in the nation to enact a smart, responsible public policy for the control and regulation of marijuana.”

In July, a revised budgetary analysis by the California State Board of Equalization estimated that the passage of Ammiano’s bill would raise approximately $1.4 billion in annual new state revenue.

Tom Ammiano says, “Yes we cannabis” and so should you! Meet Tom and hundreds of other likeminded people at NORML’s 38th annual conference, taking place September 24-26 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown San Francisco. For registration information, please visit:

More about Assemblyman Tom Ammiano:

Ammiano Proposes Bill To Tax And Regulate Marijuana

Associated Press — Calif tax officials: Legal pot would rake in $1.4B

CBS 5 interview

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  1. Im excited as anyone else is about the prospect of having legal marijuana. However, I’m personally not as excited about the “tax and regulate” mantra we are chanting. I realize you can’t have one without the other in our current system, but does anyone else feel uneasy about giving our government one more thing to “tax and regulate”?
    The state sucks the life blood out from the free market. Most of these government legalizers could care less about the moral implications of arresting marijuana users, they only care about having additional control of the market so they can use it to increase the size and power of the state.
    I understand its a good card for legalizers to play, and it wont be legalized without taxing and regulating it, but I’m just appealing to your raw emotions here… Does anyone else feel uneasy and unenthusiastic about jumping on this “tax and regulate” bandwagon?

  2. tom ammiano is our pied piper to legalization and i for one am so thankful for his sensability and reason on this subject that is so long over due. now is the time for legalization and i hope and pray california will lead us out of the darkness. his bill is the way of the future. once california legalizes all the other states should fall in line. let’s wake up america and really become the land of the free!!

  3. if they(being the state) want to basically legalize it for smart users, wouldnt the big bad gubberment step in and veto it? besides they already undermind the medical side.

  4. Having an elected official talk about legalizing cannabis in a common sense way is very encouraging indeed. Tom is speaking the truth and many people are listening. I hope the rest of California’s elected officials see the light. I believe that states like California and Rhode Island will lead the way forward. They will also reap the lion’s share of the revenue as businesses there will have a head start on the rest of the country. Thanks NORML for bringing another great speaker to our national convention!!!

  5. God i hope that bill passes. If it does, it’ll only be a matter of time till other states will follow like wildfire.

  6. Hey man, I’m not for any type of taxation through our government but if that is what it takes to become legal then we’ll deal with that for now. Imagine knowing that we could smoke pot and not potentially get busted! Come on! Anyway, everyone should write Congressman Ammiano and thank him for his great work!
    Let’s help get the band wagon rolling.
    He does look a little like Martin Short! HA!

  7. I AM NOT GOING TO LET UP! They will have to kill me to shut me up. Perhaps they have a slightly use light post to hang me on, I won’t be their first civil rights person murdered / hung. Just remember I will not go silently into the night, I will stand and be counted. I am not the criminal, they are, I am not the trespasser, they are, I have not defruaded of the people, they have, I am not the murderer, they are, I have not violated the constitution, they have, I have not committed treason, they did.
    THE CRIMINAL CHARGE: Mr. Harry J. Anslinger, an agent for the Federal Government, did willfully and wantonly committed Fraud and Constructive Fraud, of which Mr. Anslinger perpetrated upon the United States people as a whole and their United States Congress for the sole purpose “ to impair or injure public interest” in the cannabis plant as a traditional medicine or as a valuable agricultural crop.
    Fraud: as defined by Black’s Law Dictionary, “An intentional perversion of the truth for the purpose of inducing another in reliance upon it to part with some valuable thing belonging to him or to surrender a legal right; a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, which deceives and is intended to deceive another so that he shall act upon it to his legal injury.”
    Constructive Fraud: as defined by Bovier’s Law Dictionary – 1856 Edition which states, “Constructive fraud: A contract or act, which, not originating in evil design and contrivance to perpetuate a positive fraud or injury upon other persons, yet, by its necessary tendency to deceive or mislead them, or to violate a public or private confidence, or to impair or injure public interest, is deemed equally reprehensible with positive fraud, and therefore is prohibited by law, … ”
    Harrison Narcotics Act – 63rd US Congress 1914
    Marihuana Tax Act – 75th US Congress April 14, 1937, signed August 2, 1937
    The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act – 91st US Congress October 27, 1970
    The Legislative Branch of the United States, sitting past & present, lacked / lacks the constitutional privilege or right granted to Congress by the United States Constitution in which to abrogate the natural inalienable rights secured by the people unless the U.S. Legislative branch has reviewed valid evidence, held fair, impartial, and publicly transparent hearings which showed, or shows, that our nation’s health and or welfare would be, or is, negatively effected should the United States peoples’ continue to execute their natural inalienable right of access to the cannabis plant can it be outlawed. Absent of these reasonable conditions Congress can not, may not use it’s privilege or right of abrogation of Constitutional Rights secured by the people.
    It is only upon the reasonable presentation of scientific evidence which presents a valid social claim, and or an individual claim of harm that negatively impacts upon the whole, or part of, the Nation’s people does Congress have the responsibility to secure the nation’s health and welfare by use of it’s congressional privilege or right of abrogations by due process to secure said health and welfare of the Nation. But no U.S. Legislative body, past or present, has the congressional privilege or right to abrogate the natural inalienable rights secured in the United States people based on distortions, fanciful conjecture, and intentionally misleading medical and legal information. No where in the people’s founding contact adopted by the people and sworn to by this elected government does it allow deception, criminal and civil fraud, intentional misinformation, purposely tainted testimony, and the denial of any expert testimonies as bases for granting any elected and sworn U.S. Legislative body present or past with the misuse of it’s privilege or right of abrogation which allows the outlawing of the inalienable rights of the peoples’ of these United States without proper due process of law.
    Therefore the foundation laid in Congress to abrogate the natural inalienable rights of the people lacked any real evident that the cannabis plant is or was, ever a safety issue which negatively impacted the health and welfare of the American Society, in part or as a whole. Furthermore, the U.S. Congress did not, can not, and still does not have the privilege or right granted in the United States Constitution to write any such legislation that would abrogate the American people from their natural inalienable rights to use the cannabis planet for reason of traditional medicine, or as a traditional food supplement, as an alternative fuel source, for the making of clothing, used as a replacement for wood, used in the making of traditional paper, and or for the peoples’ ancient spiritual, religious, or cultural practices of which is clearly protected for all time sake by our founding fathers’ constitutional preamble and the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution.
    Hence, the United States Legislative actions known as the Harrison Narcotics Act of the 63rd legislative session, the Marihuana Tax Act of the 75th legislative session, and the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of the 91st legislative session and all those sub-action therein, which abrogate the natural inalienable rights of the people to have unfettered access to the cannabis plant is built upon a fraudulent act and therefore unconstitutional because these legislative foundations are based on fanciful propaganda which lacks any real legal scientific evident that demonstrates any negative impact on society by the use of the cannabis plant. The three legislative action listed above do adversely effect the safety and welfare of the America. These fraudulent acts of congress continue to harm the nation and drain the people of their valuable resources. Most importantly these acts have eroded the relationship between all three branches of government and the people they are suppose to represent.
    Our Federal Congresses in the above named sessions have acted upon the U.S. constitutional provision involving the American peoples’ natural inalienable rights and have unlawfully abrogated those natural unalienable given rights of the United States people based solely on questionable congressional witness testimonies, a bombardment of fraudulent media presentations, and grossly misquoted medical and legal data, of which is still pervasive today in the minds of the American people. There is however an overwhelming, and ever growing mound of world-wide scientific data that demonstrate to the contrary the fraudulent education material perpetrated upon our society as well as the 63rd, 75th, and 91st United States Congresses. Our U.S. Congress therefore lacked then and still lacks now it’s constitutional privilege or right to abrogate the cannabis plant from the American people. All legislation, status, and laws written and enacted from these fraudulent act of intentional misguided legislation should be ruled by the Supreme Court in the land as null and void because they are repugnant to the foundation of the United States Constitution.
    “ The Constitution is a written instrument, as such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.” South Carolina v. United States, 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905)
    “To disregard such a deliberate choice of words and their natural meaning, would be a departure from the first principle of constitutional interpretation.” “Every word must have its due force and appropriate meaning; for it is evident from the whole instrument, that, no word was unnecessarily used, or needlessly added.” Chief Justice Taney in Holmes v. Jennison, 14 U.S. 540, 570-1
    “ Every word appears to have been weighted with the utmost deliberation and its effect to have been fully understood.” Wright v. United States, 302 U.S. 583 (1938)
    “All laws which are repugnant to the constitution are null and void.” Chief Justice Marshall in Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 174, 176 (1803)
    “If the legislator clearly misinterprets a constitutional provision, the frequent repetition of the wrong will not create a right.” Amos v. Mosley, 74 Fla. 555; 77 So. 619. (Congress)
    “Where rights are secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491.
    “When any court violates the clean and unambiguous language of the constitution, a fraud is perpetrated and no one is bound to obey it.” State v. Sutton Minn. 147, 65 NW 262, 30 L.R.A. 630 Am. St. 459)
    “The due process clause of the Fifth Amendment guarantees to each citizen the equal protection of the laws and prohibits a denial thereof by any federal official.” Bolling v. Sharpe, 327 U.S. 497
    . “Fraud vitiates the most solemn contracts, documents, and even judgments.” i.e. Documents, Constitutions, Court Decisions….. U.S. vs. Throckmorton, 98 U.S. 61

  8. If passed I think they should pay every person that was arrested and lost money and earnings. Due to the war on drugs pay them out of the tax collected…

  9. Once there are enough signatures for the petition to get to the ballot for 2010 for the legalization of marijuana in California ………i guarantee the Drug and Alcohol Companies will be spending MILLIONS in every attempt to deceive the general public through deceptive advertising to make sure it will not be legalized and
    that the bill will be defeated .
    REVELATION 12 ; 9 = One of Satan’s most powerful tools is
    deception .
    Maijuana = Gift from God in its natural form
    Alcohol , prescription pills & tobacco = Man made

  10. I flew out for the annual N.O.R.M.L. conference in San Francisco this year. I just got back home a few hours ago and in my opinion, this was a hit.
    After we listened to Tom Ammiano speak yesterday a few of us got up rather early the next morning and put together “the marijuana bill”. This was really just for fun but it had two main ingredients:
    1) Marijuana user must be eighteen years of age to legally access this medical supplement.
    2) The user must assume all responsibility for his actions under the influence of marijuana.
    Marijuana will be regulated by the MCB (Marijuana Control Board) and product will be sold by licensed product retailers who will be in accordance with all federal, state and local laws and product will be available to anyone who can be presribed marijuana by a licensed physician for any such ailment that between patient and doctor feel marijuana could prove beneficial.
    This will be a FEDERAL LAW. Then each state and municipality will be able to do whatever they want to do. At least, at the federal level “the deck is cleared” to allow each state to pass it’s own laws.
    We came up with a Federal tax on marijuana to be 25% and the state will also have a state tax added on to that. So if Virginia’s marijuana tax is fifteen percent, then the total tax on marijuana would be forty percent.
    I’d rather have “clean” bud and pay tax because I’m still paying way under “dealer” cost. Also, the tax will fund the entire Healthcare Reform Bill.
    I am home now and I really don’t know what’s going to happen but there has to be something going on.
    The people at NORML are extremely knowledgeable and their heart is and has been at the center of all this. I was happy to attend the conference.

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