The Fugio Penny, our first coin issued in 1787 and designed by Benjamin Franklin. Time flees and we should mind our business – if our government will allow us to do that.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 3:46 pm David Camp
In Washington state we have pioneered, thanks to vigorous and politically-active citizens and a robust citizen initiative process, the re-legalization of cannabis. Voters overwhelmingly approved – 59% yea to 41% nay – access to medical cannabis in 1998 (I-692, the Medical Use of Marijuana Act), and legalization for everybody in 2011 (I-502, An Act Relating to Marijuana), which passed 56% to 44%. Both have been huge successes. As of April, 2016, legal marijuana sales in Washington totaled $714,462,849 – yes, $714 million! – and the state has collected tax revenue totaling $252 million: $192,839,331 in excise tax and $58,992,345 in sales tax. In a state that finances its operations without an income tax, and is perpetually short of funds, $252 million pays for a lot of schools, EMS, firefighters, and other essential services. […]