After seeing how much money Colorado made in just the first week of implementing its law allowing the use of recreational marijuana, New Hampshire is hurrying through legislation of its own with a vote scheduled today.
With a hefty 25% state tax, coupled with the usual 2.9% state sales tax on recreational marijuana, Colorado is finally looking at enough money to re-vamp its entire educational system. Washington state will follow later this year, and now several other states are hurrying through legislation to legalize recreational marijuana to attain the same goal.
The latest to vote on making recreational marijuana legal in their state is New Hampshire. A hastily put-together bill is scheduled to take place today, where it is expected to eke by, but still pass. At that point, New Hampshire will be the third state to make up to an ounce of recreational marijuana legal to possess.
That is, unless the Governor of New Hampshire makes good on her promise. Governor Maggie Hassan has vowed to veto the bill if it passes the Senate and House. New Hampshire may be in for a long legal battle as a goodly portion of the citizens of New Hampshire see a way out of educational poverty for their state.
The irony in all this is the fact that all the new marijuana laws hitting the books have strong language in them prohibiting the sale or use of marijuana in and around public school facilities, and excludes anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing marijuana.
So what we’re seeing is a rush to make the recreational use of marijuana legal in this country so that the money made on the sales can go directly toward making our schools some of the top learning institutions in the world.
Yet, anyone caught with the substance within a specified area of a public school can still be arrested for possession, and, I suppose, this is supposed to ensure that our children won’t become potheads. Wild, no?
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the state and around the country as more and more states and cities look to marijuana as the single-most important commodity to bring them out of the red and into the green.