For those you may have missed the front page story in Wednesday's November 28 Star-ledger, entitled, "Jersey's Medical Marijuana to be Taxed", go to:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/11/nj_to_tax_medical_marijuana_ch.html
Surprise, surprise, the benevolent politicians in Trenton, including Chris Christie, have decided people suffering from aliments that qualify them for relieve of thier pain, by using medical marijuana, should pay a 7% sales tax for that relieve!
Perhaps, those humanitarians in Trenton have their own version of Marley's "I shot the Sherriff" song. Something like: Tax it before it Grows!
According to the Ledger article, their are only 318 patients approved in the state to particpate in the medical marijuana, with 138 more in the application and screening process.
One might ask how these "Retail Stores", as the Mayor of Woodbridge refered to the one he is supporting for Woodbridge, can spend millions to buy properties and set up "shop", with so few clients in the pipeline!
Most businesses, at least the ones that aren't taxpayer supported, need a return on investment (ROI) to stay in business. Given that fact, how many clients of these shops will be required to keep them financially viable businesses.
Any why, pray tell, does a product that has to be obtained by both prescription and pre-screening, that ostensibly is to relieve the suffering of terminally ill patients, has a sales tax on it? Are the money hungry politicials in Trenton planning taxes on other medical needs?
STOP the Shops and Kill the Tax!