Eliminating the cultivation tax would help California’s legal cannabis industry compete with the illicit market

In Politics by Michael Rae

It’s long been obvious that California’s high taxes were limiting the legal cannabis industry’s ability to compete with less expensive products on illicit markets. But now, as a growing number of cannabis farmers and licensed marijuana businesses warn that big parts of the state’s legal marijuana industry could collapse, it’s clear that California legislators need to remove some of the taxes and regulatory obstacles they’ve put in place. For starters, California should eliminate its cannabis cultivation tax.

No other agricultural good faces a cultivation tax similar to the one imposed on marijuana.  Eliminating the cultivation tax would allow farmers and licensed

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