Medical Marijuana Tax Proponent Aims Lower; State Rep. Steve Farley Now Wants 100 Percent Tax, Not 300 Percent

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State Representative Steve Farley, D-Tucson, plans to amend his proposed 300 percent tax on medical marijuana, lowering the tax rate to 100 percent of the retail cost.


The amendment, which hasn't yet been posted online, also details where the new revenue would go. Farley's assistant tells New Times that the amendment will stipulate that money raised by the tax would first go to restore funding for organ transplants, then to to "provide acute care services" for impoverished Arizonans, and finally to reimburse the state departments of Public Safety and Health Services for any expenses "related to the quality, safety and enforcement of medical marijuana regulations."

It sounds like Farley's coming to his senses, but a 100-percent tax is still unreasonably high if the medical pot costs $400 an ounce, as predicted.

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State Representative Steve Farley, D-Tucson, is changing his mind about a 300-percent tax on medical marijuana. Now he just wants a 100-percent tax

We checked in with Farley's office after seeing brief mention of the new plan on a blog written by local attorney Rick Keyt, who said he heard something about it on the radio.

Farley, however, never returned a message we left for him. We still want to ask him what caused him to consider the lower tax rate, and whether he was concerned about all the homegrown operations that'll pop up if his tax plan puts the dispensaries out of business.

It's probably all for naught, anyway. The Republican majority doesn't like to see Democratic lawmakers win anything, and there's no reason why Farley's bill should be an exception. If Republicans want to tax weed, we expect they'll want to do it themselves. Last month, state Attorney General Tom Horne cleared the way for regular state and city sales taxes to apply to retail medical pot sales.


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WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Anyone remember when the Superbowl was at SDS, and a guy got busted for selling "Super Bowl" pot? All charges got tossed, as he had an AZ tax Stamp on each sale. The court ruled that if the state taxed it, it couldn't be illegal. (the tax stamp like you see on cigarettes and booze...) Please put a tax on pot, as that would legalize it for everyone.

KeithAZ
KeithAZ

This is a great idea! Lets tax all medical treatments.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

i supported the Medical marijana bill to allow it to be used for medical use , i personaly do notthink i would ever use it , ( and as of this date , not even tried it , nor care to ) , if i was wanting it , i would qualify for use of , but no thanks ,

however , i may be walking a line here , as i can see the aspects of putting a bit of a tax on it , and have it mandately go to the funding for transplants , and for the medical care, and regularty measures , that to me would a sound judgemental proposal . however, there not be a superiorly high tax on it , but then as well there should be taxes on medicines ,( NOT EVEN ) so there is the line drawn .now if they open up useage to all for and every day get high useage ,, then most definalty tax it , but yet again , do not kill it off by overly high taxes .. common thought , do not kill that goose what lays the golden eggs .....my $0.02 worth

J Curwen
J Curwen

If the state placed a 100% tax on prescription and OTC drugs, you'd hear people screaming to high heaven. IMO taxes on medical pot should be no higher than those on oxycodone, hydrocodone, or other prescription medications. Want to tax recreational pot at 100%? Great, just legalize it and watch the money roll in.

Trommy
Trommy

Legalize and tax it 300%.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

Lets see...The price will be 400 per oz and another 400 for tax. That's a total of 800 per oz which will insure that the cartels will continue to do a thriving business selling it for 3-4 hundred an oz. I knew that this would turn into one huge regressive-R CLUSTER FUCK.

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