Heard in Lansing: Placing a tax on marijuana? - FOX 35 News Orlando

Heard in Lansing: Placing a tax on marijuana?

Posted: Updated:
  • Tim SkubickMore>>

  • Mark Schauer details proposal to help women in the workplace

    Mark Schauer details proposal to help women in the workplace

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:59:06 GMT
    Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is looking to win over the female voters in the upcoming election. He's proposing five points to help women in the workplace.
    Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is looking to win over the female voters in the upcoming election. He's proposing five points to help women in the workplace.
  • The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:25:25 GMT
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
  • Jennifer Granholm back in office?

    Jennifer Granholm back in office?

    Monday, July 7 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-07-07 14:14:46 GMT
    Oh boy, the anti-Granholm mob will have fun with this.  They are talking in California about running the former Michigan governor for something as part of the “new generation” of D’s on the west bank.
    Oh boy, the anti-Granholm mob will have fun with this.  They are talking in California about running the former Michigan governor for something as part of the “new generation” of D’s on the west bank.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

A growing number of Michigan cities have voted to decriminalize marijuana, so now talks have begun to pick up in Lansing about the possibility of taxing the substance.

Watch Fox 2's Tim Skubick's report in the video player above or read it below.


"The medical marijuana community actually wants to be taxed," believes Representative Mike Callton.

But the House Republican Speaker says, not so fast, and the Senate Republican leader says such talk about all this is premature but he's still open to it long term, but does not want to tax medical grass.

"So if we talk about recreational use, or we talk about taxation at that point, I don't know. I think everything would be on the table, but I think it would have to be part of the discussion," says Senator Randy Richardville.  

There are some who believe grass should be treated like beer, alcohol and cigarettes - all taxed by the state.

"Let's treat this more or less like alcohol. Let's treat it more or less, according to its potential harm, and for adult use, let's make sure that our regulations and our taxes are roughly similar to how we treat alcohol," Representative Jeff Irwin says.

This Republican lawmaker contends, just look at all the cities in Michigan, including Ferndale, that have lowered the penalties, and in Colorado this week they slapped a hefty tax on grass there.

"I think it's a political winner. 63 percent of people voted for Michigan Medical Marijuana Act; 37 percent of people voted against it. If I'm a politician and I'm just thinking about votes, who do you want to hang out with? 63 or 37?" says Callton.

So does the speaker rule the tax out?

"The conversation needs to be about what's the right policy, decriminalizing, legalizing, etc. We need to have that debate about what the right policy is for our society. Whether we tax it or not is the last question we should ask, not the first one,"  Representative Jase Bolger says.

Clearly it will not happen tomorrow, but some say its only a matter of time before the state taxes mary jane.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down

    Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:41 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:41:51 GMT
    An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over...
    An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern...
  • War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

    War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:25:19 GMT
    Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on...
    Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor...
  • Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

    Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:05:53 GMT
    Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another disappears....
    Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst...
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices