"Oakland residents overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to approve a first-of-its kind tax on medical marijuana sold at the city's four cannabis dispensaries.While Oakland is only bringing an illicit drug into the legitimacy fold for medicinal use, others can see the obvious way forward for broader change.
Preliminary election results showed the measure passing with 80 percent of the vote, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters."
"Advocates of legalizing pot for recreational use hope to use Oakland's experience with Measure F to persuade California voters next year to approve a measure that would legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol."There's no quicker way to break the back of illegal activities, and all the social costs entailed, than to legalize them.
Oakland to tax marijuana to fill budget shortfall