Passing Prop 19 will help our state

Students, teachers and faculty should be excited and compelled to vote “yes” on Proposition 19, The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act.

Taxing marijuana could generate enough revenue to send 14,000 students to college for all four years and reduce each student’s tuition by $7,330 a year or hire 12,500 full time professors.

Passing Prop 19 will concentrate our funds and resources where it matters.

Every six minutes, someone is arrested for marijuana possession in California — each arrest and prosecution, leaving out jail time, costs around $5,000.

Every half hour, we spend enough on Cannabis prohibition to put a student through college for a full year.

By not prosecuting personal marijuana users California’s Criminal Justice System will save $300 Billion.

Law enforcement can concentrate on solving the 60,000 violent crimes, which according to the FBI went unsolved in 2008 instead of arresting over 61,000 Californians for marijuana possession.

In 2008 alone, cartels murdered over 6,000 civilians in Mexico — that is more than US troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

These cartels receive 60% of its revenue from illegal marijuana sales in the United States.

Today, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are spent enforcing the failed prohibition of cannabis — while California could earn up to $1.4 Billion in tax revenues, create 80,000-110,000 new jobs, generate $12-$18 Billion in cannabis related sales and tourism along with another $1.8-$2.5 Billion in worker wages.

Let’s follow our common sense: stop punishing non-violent marijuana users while improving the lives of Californians. Vote “yes” on 19!

Alexis Vivar

OCC Student

Measure L will hurt citizens

Measure L raises the Transient Occupancy Tax in Costa Mesa from 6 percent to 8 percent. What a great way to bring money into the city! Except we seem to have overlooked the fact that the absolute poorest of us — who can only afford to live in hotels — will be paying it also.

It’s about the same as raising their rent by 2%. Not much, but we are talking about people who are barely getting by. Maybe $20 a month or so. But that’s a couple days food, at least, for a poor person.

I called Costa Mesa Motor Inn and talked with the clerk, who estimated that only 20 percent of their business is from out-of-towners. The rest should be regarded as semi-permanent residents.

In essence, this is taxing the portion of our populace that can least afford it.

Marcus Carpenter

OCC Staff Member

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