URGENT! Tell Gov. Newsom to sign SB 34 for tax-free compassion marijuana programs

 

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The Cannabis Compassionate Use Tax Act

End taxation of donated medical marijuana

two_minutes.jpgPlease take 120 seconds to contact Governor Newsom and urge him to sign SB 34, which would exempt compassionate care programs from paying state cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions. Last session, the measure was vetoed by Governor Brown.

SB34 has passed both the Senate and the Assembly and now sits on Governor Newsom's desk awaiting his signature.

Background info on this bill is printed below but rather then make you scroll all the way to the bottom for info on how to contact Gov. Newsom, I will give it to you right here. There are two ways: phone and email.

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To contact Gov. Newsom by phone call: (916) 445-2841. When you do you will be asked to choose your language and then press 6 to tell the Governor to sign SB 34. You will be placed on hold until a real live person, not a voice-recorder, answers the phone. When they speak to you tell them to let Governor Newsom know that you want him to sign SB 34, the Cannabis Compassionate Use Tax Act. That’s all you have to say – they don’t want to hear anymore although you can certainly say more if you want. Calls can only be made Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For those so inclined an interesting probably very effective way is to send a FAX. In the FAX just write: Please sign SB 34, the Cannabis Compassionate Use Tax Act. You can write more if you want, but it is not necessary. The FAX number is: (916) 558-3160.

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An email can be sent anytime. Sending an email is easy but here are a few instructions to make it even easier. Note the part below about choosing a subject - this is important for your Sign SB 34 comment to be recorded.

When you get on the Governor's website, there is a comment form. Check comment then fill in name and email address and then chose subject. Now here is where it gets fun. Scroll way way way down the different subjects to SB00034 Cannabis Donations. Click on it and then click on Continue.

On the next page check the PRO box and then write your message. Please sign SB 34, the Cannabis Compassionate Use Tax Act. That’s all you have to write, but feel free to write more up to 6000 characters. Then click on Send Message and that’s it. You have done your part to help get this important reform to Prop. 64 implemented.

READY TO DO YOUR PART? TO SEND AN EMAIL CLICK HERE.

I understand that the Governor has some concerns about this legislation so it is critical that he hear from constituents that he should sign it. He has until Oct. 13 to sign the legislation into law so your action is needed now!

Like I wrote, it won’t take more then 120 seconds to send an email. A phone call might take a bit longer waiting for a real live person to answer the phone, but it’s worth it if you can.

Alright if you want the background info on SB 34 – here it is courtesy of CaNORML.

Due to an oversight in how Proposition 64 was drafted, these not-for-profit donation programs that have been serving medical cannabis patients for decades are now being forced to pay taxes meant for businesses, which are forcing these charity programs to shut down.

Following the passage of Prop 215 in 1996, which legalized medical use of cannabis in California, not-for-profit compassionate care programs started providing free cannabis to financially-disadvantaged individuals with medical cannabis recommendations for illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and other life-threatening conditions. Cultivators and retailers donate the cannabis to these programs, which then provide the cannabis for free to patients who are already struggling under significant medical expenses.

mj_money_tree.jpgWith the enactment of Prop 64, which legalized the adult use of cannabis in California, taxes were put in place for both adult use and medical use of cannabis. These taxes were designed to be applied to all cannabis that enters the commercial market, which compassionate use cannabis does not enter because it is neither bought nor sold. However, due to an ambiguity in drafting of Prop 64, there is no way for cannabis designated for compassionate use to avoid being assessed the cultivation tax. That means that compassionate care programs are forced to pay high taxes on a product that is neither bought nor sold, effectively crippling the compassionate care programs and leading to mass closures of these donation-based programs.

The bill would exempt qualifying compassionate care programs from state cultivation and excise taxes, by allowing licensed retailers and delivery services to facilitate compassionate care programs for medical patients. All donations must be marked as donations in the track-and-trace system and will remain subject to existing testing and packaging requirements.

SB 34 has passed both the Senate and the Assembly and is now sitting atop Gov. Newsom's desk waiting for him to sign it. As I wrote above, the Governor has apparently expressed some reservations so it is critical that he hear from YOU that he should SIGN SB34. He has until Oct. 13 to sign it, but don't wait until the last minute to contact Governor Newsom.

Now you know it all. If you haven’t contacted the Governor’s office, now is the time. Once again here is how to do it.

PHONE

To contact Gov. Newsom by phone call: (916) 445-2841. When you do you will be asked to choose your language and then press 6 to tell the Governor to sign SB 34. You will be placed on hold until a real live person, not a voice-recorder, answers the phone. When they speak to you ask them to tell Governor Newsom that you want him to sign SB 34, the Cannabis Compassionate Use Tax Act. That’s all you have to say – they don’t want to hear anymore although you can certainly say more if you want. Calls can only be made Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For those so inclined an interesting and very effective way is to send a FAX. In the FAX just write: Please sign SB 34, the Cannabis Compassionate Use Tax Act. You can write more if you want, but it is not necessary. The FAX number is: (916) 558-3160.

EMAIL

An email can be sent anytime. Sending an email is easy but here are a few instructions to make it even easier. Note the part below about choosing a subject - this is important for your Sign SB 34 comment to be recorded.

When you get on the Governor's website, there is a comment form. Check comment then fill in name and email address and then chose subject. Now here is where it gets fun. Scroll way way way down the different subjects to SB00034 Cannabis Donations. Click on it and then click on Continue.

On the next page check the PRO box and then write your message. Please sign SB 34, the Cannabis Compassionate Use Tax Act. That’s all you have to write, but feel free to write more up to 6000 characters. Then click on Send Message and that’s it. You have done your part to help get this important reform to Prop. 64 implemented.

READY TO DO YOUR PART? TO SEND AN EMAIL CLICK HERE.

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