May 152012
 May 15, 2012

indiana marijuanaBy Joe Bryant

Those of you that keep up with me know that I have a soft spot in my heart for those brave ninjas on the front lines in the war for legalization of our favorite flower. That being said, it should come as no surprise that I am quite pleased to be speaking with one such bold soul on this fine day. Many of us are concerned with the state of affairs regarding the treatment and persecution of Cannabis users, but few of us actually make moves against such injustice. Bill Levin of Re-Legalize Indiana is one of those few.

Bill took the time to perform an interesting study to roughly determine the amount of Cannabis consumed in his home-state of Indiana then, based off those numbers, ascertain an approximate on just how much cash flow could be generated if Indiana actually chose to benefit from what is obviously a thriving industry.

Mr. Levin here has also been so bold as to enter the political arena as he campaigned for a City Council position in Indianapolis. He is also the head of the Political Action Committee known as “Re-Legalize Indiana”. You may also know of Bill if you are into the Tattoo scene in Indiana, or if you are an avid listener of 420 Radio WTHC. Let’s see what this gentleman has to say!

Here the video of Bill approaching the Indiana Senate with a report of his findings:

Q: So Bill, what prompted you to even perform this study in order to determine the amount of Cannabis consumed in Indiana?
A:- Curiosity.. when I was a kid you had to go to a head shop or record store to buy papers. In todays world every gas station and drug store sell them. How MANY do they sell? Cause they are everywhere in all shapes and sizes. And most important.. what does it take to fill them?

Q: Just what kind of numbers did you end up with? How much Cannabis does Indiana truly consume on a regular basis?
A: 25 tons of week minimum for Indiana without question. Watch when you are in line how many folks buy blunt wraps or papers in every neighborhood…. it’s pretty impressive.

Q: So these projections are based purely from the sales of rolling papers and blunt wraps? They do not take into account bowls, bongs, edibles, or concentrates then?
A: nope…. simply put that is a paper/blunt wrap study only and did not include small flavored cigars at all. So the numbers are way higher.

Q: What kind of regular financial boon could your fine state enjoy if they did indeed utilize the archaic Marijuana Tax Stamp?
A: Over $4 billion a year without blinking.

Q: Would you be a pal and explain to us just what Re-Legalize Indiana is and how you guys go about pursuing your objectives?
A: We are a PAC. – Political Action Committee we work as lobbyist with the state to come to some kind of reasonable understanding. NORML or friends are a 501C3 Not for Profit. Different rules for different companies as far as lobbying.

Q: What is your favorite strain to medicate with?
A: day or night? a good Afghani Indica, really any powerful indica — El Diablo when I am out west. EVEREST is really a wonderful breed too. That’s a sativa dominant.

Q: What kind of work history have you enjoyed over the years? What kind of experiences do you feel helped to mold you into the man you are today?
A: Concert promoter, I was vp of promotions and marketing for a 42 store records store chain KARMA RECORDS…I have publish magazines, been involved with countless albums, cassettes and cds. I booked most of the cool events back in the day 79-92.

Q: I see you are no stranger to the political arena. Care to tell us a bit about what madness you have encountered while treading the murky political waters?
A: you don’t have the paper here. To describe it or I the time…..lol.. Its truly amazing how vile and con-sumptuous our political sewers really are. Its all MONEY. Period.

Q: How did you sense you were received by the Indiana Senate when you brought your findings before them?
A: Well they seemed amused.. better than asleep as some had been in earlier testimony..lol

Q: What was the deal with that snickering goon behind you during your presentation?
A: lol… OH ! Well that .. THAT is STEVE DILLION .. Chairman of INDIANA NORML.. He is certainly a very interesting person if you ask him. My opinion lies outside that belief.

Q: Are you guys experiencing any political opposition to the legalization of Cannabis in Indiana?
A: NONE, NOTHING NADA…..(yeah it makes me wonder too)

Q: What is your favorite kind of edible?
A: Betty Chronicers MONSTERS… two brownies with special carmel between em. ONE YUM!

Q: It turns out that you and I are both avid fans of the Good Doctor, Hunter S. Thompson. In what ways, if any, would you say that he was an influence in your life?
A: OH GOD.. that rotten bastard was a key pivotal point in my life and I never met the man. But his influence was heavy. He blazed the path for others to follow.

Q: This coming summer I am proud to host “Cannabis Culinary Madness 2012”! Any chance you could make it over and help me judge some edibles?
A: Duh.. lemmethink here…. Ummmm,OK WHEN AND WHERE?
And BETTY CHRONICER wants to enter… let me know…

Q: How much does the Indiana Marijuana Tax Stamp charge per gram of Cannabis? What kind of effect would you predict it to have on our country if every state adopted such a policy?
A: $3.50 per gram. It would certainly help things out.

Q: If/When I run for some form of political office can I count on you for some pointers on how to run a campaign?
A:Yup first thing first.. MONEY — then YARD SIGNS..Yard signs are the #1 swag of politics

So here we stand, a little more knowledgeable regarding the Medical Marijuana scene in Indiana and just how some of the pro-legalization proponents are handling business on their end of things. I hope that Mr. Levin’s study was able to get some wheels turning in your dome piece; I know it got me thinking! What kind of monetary gain could our country accrue if all states across the board started a per-gram charge for Cannabis? How many of our existing, unrelated issues could we resolve with the cash flow generated from the cultivation of this plant? The potential implications are staggering, really. Keep looking forward, my friends, and pay attention to what is happening around you. As the Good Doctor put it “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

About The Author

Joseph Bryant is a mysterious writer wrapped in an impenetrable cloak of mystery. His true intentions are never clear. He may or may not be lingering in dark areas near you, pursuing unfathomable objectives. Some say that Joseph Bryant can speak with the dead. He once fought a bear to the death, but does not like to brag about it. Having such pristine perception, he sees more in a day than many will in a lifetime. If a survival situation occurred in which there were a shortage of food, Joseph would eat you in order to survive. Being of keen intellect, he would then fashion useful tools from your bones and teeth. Such is his will to carry on and progress.

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  • Krymsun

    $4.55Bn (per anum, one presumes) in revenues from tax-stamp sales is the claim. At 25 tons per week (conservatively), that ‘d be 22,679,618.5 grams/week. At $3.50 per gram, $79,378,664.75 a week in tax-stamp revenue; 52 weeks in a year, $4,127,690,567 in 52 weeks. Only off by $0.422309433Bn .. or a $422,309,433 shortfall. Would need to sell 120,659,838 more grams/yr; 266,010 pounds.133 tons more. 2.55778 tons / week. Call Marketing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Bryant/100000203029808 Joe Bryant

    Marketing is here! This green rush is much like a gold rush and I’m looking to get mine! Can you imagine how many unrelated issues we could resolve with that kind of capital flowing into our country?

  • Jennwallen24

    Well said….great article!

  • eitan ziv

    3.50 a gram is steep

  • the NORML guy

    $3.50 a gram wouldnt be that steep if you think about it, a dispensary probably has 20+ strains, conservitively, not many dealers that i know of have 20 strains on deck at all times. that being said your dispensary would be selling your $25 grams of good stuff for right around $12 and plus your taxes thats $15.50 a gram of amazing shit, ive been to california and i had blast, but it was right around 12-15 a gram depending on strength and rarity, now im not trying to dis anyone dealer but, if i told my dealer i wanted a gram of purple kush for 12 bucks itd be the funniest joke hes heard all year, unless i was buying say like an ounce for 275 of chronic, but its gonna be some shit some country bumpkin grew in his barn, its gonna taste like a barn, and its going to be about 10% thc behind the fine medical buds you can buy

  • PUFF DADDY

    That sounds great to me…the Norml Guy is full of shit…..legal is the way to go..the tax ain’t bad….sign me up I’m ready to get shit back popping…and also I had 14 Strains…6.. I made myself..had the finest shit around…better than the shit in Cali ..till some lose lips sunk my ship..cops got my crops…lawyer got my $$$$ and I’m still waiting on the outcome..I figure in 2 years I’m packing up and heading to Colorado cause there’s gonna be a gold rush of green nuggets…Colorado was smart. Bill 64….get out of debt card…wish Indiana would do the same…it would be a thriving industry in any state and it should in all states…….

  • PUFF DADDY

    I wasn’t a dealer…I grew for myself for medical reasons and if I had extra i gave it to my brother for his seizures ….and he has had very bad ones and been hospitalized since the cops busted me…and I can nolonger provide him with the meds (weed) which is what helps him better than any pills….I feel I’m truely a victim of circumstance …the circumstance I live in the wrong fucking state……

  • amygirt

    Shocking! It’s the elephant in the room, No one is talking about. It’s in the American Culture I can’t understand why IN is so behind the times!