WA: House Committee Passes Measure Establishing 60% Tax on Vapor Products

Washington State’s House Finance Committee has passed a bill that would establish a large tax on vapor products.

House Bill 2165 was moved forward by the Finance Committee by a vote of 7 to 4. The proposal was filed by State Representative Paul Harris (R) along with six Democratic representatives. It “Imposes a 60 percent tax on vapor products”, and “Creates the Essential Public Health Services account.”

In addition, the legislation “Authorizes the Governor to enter into vapor products taxation compacts with federally recognized Indian tribes, and establishes requirements for such compacts.”

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Texas Rep. Kills Bills to Decriminalize Cannabis, Repeal Cannabis Prohibition

Texas State Representative Todd Hunter.
Texas State Representative Todd Hunter.

Despite being passed out of their initial committees with bipartisan support, Texas Representative Todd Hunter, Chairman of the House Calender Committee, has effectively killed a bill to decriminalize cannabis, and a bill to repeal cannabis prohibition, refusing to allow the full House of Representatives to debate and consider them.

House Bill 507 would have removed the possibility of jail time, or a criminal record, for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, reducing the penalty to a $250 fine. The bill was passed with a 4 to 2 vote by the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. The same committee also gave approval, 5 to 2, to House Bill 2165, a proposal to completely repeal cannabis prohibition in the state.

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Proposal to Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Passes Texas House Committee

Inflag a surprise and historic move, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee has approved legislation that would completely repeal cannabis prohibition in the state for those 21 and older, making it legal to possess, cultivate and distribute the plant.

House Bill 2165 was approved with bipartisan support, with five committee members voting in favor (two Republicans, three Democrats), and two voting against.

“I am proposing that this plant be regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee”, Representative David Simpson said after announcing the bill. “Current marijuana policies are not based on science or sound evidence, but rather misinformation and fear.”

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Bill to Completely Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Introduced in Texas Legislature

Texas State Texas-Marijuana-Laws simplecannabisdotcomRepresentative David Simpson (R-Longview) has introduced legislation to completely repeal the state’s prohibition on cannabis. This would allow cannabis to be “regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffe.”

“Representative Simpson’s HB 2165 harkens back to a time when government did not intervene in the control of marijuana,” Zoe Russell, media spokesperson for Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP), said in a recent press release. “And you know what? It wasn’t a very scary time. The prohibition of marijuana was notoriously built on misinformation and hyperbole rather than facts and results. When these laws haven’t worked for 80 years, is it really such a novel concept to simply remove them?”

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