ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland senators have scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a measure that would add a sales tax for beer, wine and liquor, similar to the one D.C. levies.

Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell, D-Baltimore, introduced a proposal Monday night which would phase in a new tax on alcohol sales and raise $90 million for the cash-strapped state.

The proposal would add one percentage point a year on top of the state sales tax over three years until drinkers pay 9 percent to the state whenever they imbibe.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who has said he expects the tax to pass his chamber, called the proposal “modest.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (14)
  1. FedUpWithItAllThree says:

    Finally some responsible legislation that makes intelligent sense. Now how about legalizing the other 30 million of us and charging us sales taxes on our purchases. The cannabis crowd is begging to pay their fair share too. Leave the police and teachers alone and Please tax our cannabis!

  2. jim says:

    I am out of state at least once a week I will just buy my beer at that time and the tax will go to another state and not this one. No more taxes we pay enough here.One percent here and another percent there and then the working poor slob in this state has nothing left. I guese that is what they want.

    1. DOCSRUS says:

      There you go Jim, thats how to be a responsible neighbor & fellow Marylander! Just let the rest of us pick up the tab for policing all of the drunks and helicopter rides to shock trauma. If your going to consume drugs then why not accept a little of the responsibilty for your upkeep?. Why should I have to pay more sales taxes or income taxes just because half of the population are drunks? It costs money to host 35 million drunks all across the state especially when there driving around stoned crashing into taxpayer owned guardrails and parked police cars. Man up Jim!

  3. DOCSRUS says:

    Well since you mentioned it!

    White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske argues “legalizing Cannabis would not be the cure-all proponents make it out to be because the black market would adapt to offer tax-free marijuana”.

    But the White House seems to be missing the point. Ending the marijuana prohibition is more about the return of personal freedom & justice that was forceably removed from our citizens by means of fraud, intimidation and extreme violence.

    Ending the prohibition is about creating an environment of peace and security for our citizens. Sending squads of armed swat teams complete with military grade weapons into the homes of peaceful citizens in search of a bag of marijuana is not only cruel but it is a threat to civilized society.

    The corporate owned media vary rarely report on SWAT raids gone wrong. But it happens every day. There are numerous examples on Youtube and other privately owned media websites that host thousands of videos of SWAT teams breaking into the wrong house and killing the occupants, killing sleeping children, firing on puppies running for their lives, killing family members, etc. If this was happening in any other country our government would be making plans to occupy it and “save” the people from their evil oppressors.

    We live in a Federally controlled police state that has been infiltrated by a ruling class of wealthy international figures who swear no allegiance to any particular flag. They are motivated and guided strictly by greed and for the desire to monopolize and dominate.

    True patriots would not violently attack, intimidate and imprison their own countrymen for the sake of the almighty dollar.

    The majority of Americans are strongly opposed to these policies and want them ended now. The majority of Americans citizens do not condone the imprisonment and killing of non violent citizens. The current laws are unjust. They were not created by, nor designed for the safety and security of Americas citizens.

    Ending the prohibition would result in a boon of innovation and opportunities that would inject billions of dollars amongst the general population and at ground level. The resulting “trickle up” effect is a proven yet frequently overlooked method that will stimulate our economy in ways not seen since the end of the first Great Depression and the beginning of WWII. Literally tens of thousands of products can be made with Cannabis including bibles, fine paper, linen quality cloth, beverages, ointments, fuel, nutritional supplements, and many more items too numerous to mention.

    Collecting a sales tax is only one of the benefits. We can iron out the wrinkles as we move along just as we do with everything else.

    1. DOCSRUS says:

      Our government spends $135,000,000 per day on this ridiculous war on drugs. but it only focuses on one herb that is not only harmless but medically and therapeutically invaluable.

      Annual cost to enforce the prohibition:
      35,000,000,000 (billion per yr)

      Annual cost to feed 1,000,000 non violent cannabis users, now converted into wards of the state:
      58,275,000,000 (billion per yr)

      Rough estimate of number of non violent citizens removed from taxpayer status and converted into non taxpaying prisoners:
      1,000,000 non violent citizens and millions of their family members forced into poverty (the cost of which is not included in any of the stats stated here).

      Value of cannabis sales in the USA alone, with currently every dime of this going to the criminal cartels that manage of nations number one cash crop
      36,000,000,000 (billion per yr)

      Either legalize it or criminalize everything else including the legal drugs that are responsible for all of the damage to society. The current situation is offensive to anyone with a higher intelligence than a chimpanzee. It’s damaging our society and bankrupting our country.

      I’m NOT seriously advocating the criminalization of another part of human culture and the trampling of more of our rights. But I only offer the following information for the purpose of showing how irrational the prohibition of cannabis really is.

      Alcohol and legal pharmaceuticals are responsible for 40-60% of all violent crime REPORTED in the world, according to the UN, WHO, CDC and every police force in the country.

      Our government allows Big Pharma to produce 100 times more synthetic heroin (oxycontin) than is legally prescribed! It has no nutritional or therapeutic value and is intended strictly for extreme pain relief. Big Pharmas main consumers of this product appear to be the illicit drug trade.

      The abuse of alcohol and legal pharmaceuticals leads to violence, poverty, soaring divorce rates, massive deaths of innocent lives, broken families, reliance upon social services, etc. Its a plague on society yet perfectly legal.

      Alcohol causes close to 1,000 deaths EVERY DAY due to intoxicated drivers stoned out of their minds. The cost to the public is in the billions.

      Pharmaceutical drugs even when used as recommended cause an equivalent number of deaths. The cost to the publich health system is in the billions.

      Big Pharma takes the profits and spends it on their families. They do not reimburse the tax payers for all of the damage that their products cause.

      Alcohol is one of the leading causes of illness and medical problems. The cost to the public health system and taxpayers is in the billions.

      No one benefits from the war on cannabis except for the 1/2 dozen guys that own pill factories and the politicians that they bought and paid for.

      Cannabis can be used to make bibles, fine paper, linen quality clothing, beverages, ointments, nutritional supplements, saddle blankets, diapers, backpacks, rope, sails for boats, and 20,000 other products.

      Ending the prohibition of cannabis has the power to turn the United States back into a Manufacturing Superpower which is exactly what was needed to pull us out of the first great depression and exactly what we need to pull us out of this one.
      Call your representatives and demand that they end this blatant abuse of powers entrusted to them by the citizens of the United States of America. The time for change is now. We’ve been beaten, abused and imprisoned into poverty. The politicians need to understand that they work for us and not for the benefit of Big Pharma and other corporate elites.

  4. SundyScoolTchr says:

    So do I get my quarter back if I bring back the bottle? I likes me some beer!

    Beware of beer hidden inside of cans!

    1. Ed_THEBED_isinthehouse says:

      Doesnt matter if its in a can bottle or keg as long as its cold yellow and on sale!

  5. willie man hanging says:

    Will all you blowhards just STFU on this site & let’s get back to civility again about our government & its dead ass leaders.

    1. JR says:

      I know Willie, this is an extremely important topic for a lot of you guys and gals. Hey Senators are you listening… more taxes…..we need more beer! Fire the teachers and by more beer for the public! This is no joke….if these guys dont get their fixes they have start having serious withdrawal symptons like seizures and swallowing their tongues… Is that better Willie? (there always perfume, vanilla extract, and bath salts if it gets too bad).

  6. Debbie says:

    They just don’t get it. They should be cutting spending not increasing taxes

    1. RJ says:

      Two drinks a week x $0.20 in taxes = like $10- a year. What are you crying about unless your drinking cases of it whats the problem, your saving jobs and important social programs like trash removal, ambulance services, fire stations, educational programs. It makes perfect sense to me.

  7. willie man hanging says:

    RJ, That’s .10 per drink so a six pack will now cost you an extra $2.00. Don’t you understand? Just like the sales tax was not a penny increase from 5% to 6% was a 20% increase. Anyway, there is no way increasing these sin taxes will help the economy. You can’t balance the budget with the millions it will raise. Instead how about cutting government spending & not just cuts for the poor who have no voice but the real fat pork projects & eliminate whole departments & staffs as the government is just a minority hire program to begin with.

  8. RJ says:

    Willie, I think the story says an additional 3% will be added to liqour sales. So on your average six of pee water you might be paying $0.60 a six pack. And if your drinking $80.00/6 micro brews then you shouldnt be complaining.

  9. Amele says:

    Mr. T. March 30, 2011 I have some siteors about Match. One woman winked at me, I wrote back, we went back and forth a few times, and she had a change of heart. I can accept that. Here’s where I saw the writing on the wall: Between me writing to her and her writing me back, there were times where she did NOT write, but was online now. She shouldn’t put all of her eggs into one basket of course, but that was very telling, and when she broke it off, it wasn’t shocking to me.Also, in a way, if I send a woman a wink or e-mail and she does the iggy as I prefer, I kind of wish she would block me from viewing her profile, because I send so many, I know that one of these days, I’m going to wink or e-mail a woman TWICE, and that’s going to freak her out.

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