I’m seeing more articles like this these days:
Marijuana starting to look like a new revenue source for states by David Harrison
Mary Lou Dickerson had seen enough. After wrenching cuts to Washington’s state drug and alcohol treatment programs, Dickerson, a Democratic representative, introduced a bill this year to sell marijuana in state liquor stores â€” and tax it.
Dickerson is an unlikely crusader for marijuana legalization. A 63-year-old grandmother who doesn’t use it, she says money was the only reason for proposing her controversial bill. “According to the state’s own estimates, it would bring in an additional $300 million per biennium,” she says. “I dedicated (in the bill) a great deal of the proceeds from the tax on marijuana to treatment.”
The proposal died in committee, but Dickerson, who chairs the House Human Services Committee, expects to reintroduce it. Other advocates in almost two dozen states have been making similar efforts to loosen marijuana laws.
This has been a bumper year for marijuana legislation, according to state policy observers. Crushing state budget deficits gave advocates in California, Washington, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York and elsewhere an opening to pitch marijuana as a new source of tax revenue.
You know what else is interesting about this article?
The lack of puns.
No references to “joint efforts” or “legalizers’ high hopes.”
Maybe it’s my imagination, but is seems like we’re seeing less of that these days. Used to be that every article about pot had some kind of snickering tone. Now, more often, we’re seeing serious news articles and analysis, treating it like a real topic and not “News of the Weird!”
That’s a good step.