Now that's a tax and spend liberal
|Meet Michael "Marijuana Mike" Glover. |
He is the Democratic nominee challenger Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in Orange County's 70th Assembly District. And he has a proposal to help plug the California budget gap: Legalize marijuana and tax it.
The Daily Pilot has the story.
The policy he suggests would keep marijuana illegal for people under a certain age — somewhere between 21 and 25, he said — and would encourage anyone underage to abstain or get help if they're using drugs. Adults would be able to buy state-regulated marijuana, which would be taxed to help plug the holes in the state budget, but driving under the influence and public intoxication would still be illegal.
Although Glover said he no longer uses marijuana, he added: "I'm 59 years old. Are you really telling me the state has any police interest in me, my neighbors, my friends recreationally using marijuana?"
If Glover sounds like a gadfly, just remember that he served four terms in the Kansas state Legislature before making this run for office. And if you think DeVore is a character in Assembly debates, Glover sounds like he could compete.