I am extremely fortunate to live in a state that is absolutely filled with charming people with mighty strong values.
- The people I was with and I have been at the forefront of various positive social fluctuations in this country, especially before the movements absorbed into adjoining areas.
For instance, my village implemented a marijuana decriminalization program in the early 1970s. They made it a $4 fine to be caught with small amounts of cannabis, plus the ticket was mailed to the offender’s dwelling. This wasn’t the first instance of a village-wide decriminalization effort done in the US, however it became of the most notorious as critics made an attempt to pin a wave of crime in the village on that law which had little effect among public opinion. In reality, the law stuck around plus only saw an increase to $25 in 1990 when the fines were overviewed. This state has both medical marijuana plus recreational marijuana at this point. Although medical marijuana patients pay lower prices at cannabis shops by avoiding state plus village taxes, they also have to pay cash to the state every year to keep their card. There is a tradeoff, however anyone else can walk into a cannabis store plus purchase products as long as they’re over the age of 21. In my state the taxes aren’t too out of control yet, however some areas in CA have combined taxes of over 27% on all recreational marijuana sales. Some states also tax medical marijuana purchases on top of that, with CA being a particular example. It makes me very happy living in my new state knowing that marijuana would only get more overpriced if I moved out west.