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Title: Study: Calif. Pot Industry Staying Illegal to Escape State’s High Taxes, Onerous Regulations
Source: CNS News
URL Source: https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/craig- ... cape-states-high-taxes-onerous
Published: Mar 8, 2018
Author: Craig Bannister
Post Date: 2018-03-11 13:21:20 by misterwhite
Keywords: None
Views: 90
Comments: 13

California’s trademark high taxes and overwhelming, onerous, costly and confusing regulations are preventing the state from reaping the revenue benefits of legalizing the $7 billion marijuana market, a new study by the California Growers Association concludes.

As of Thursday, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has sent about 980 warning letters to unlicensed pot sellers and ordered a marketing company to stop advertising vendors who don’t have permits, Bureau Chief of Communications Alex Traverso told CNSNews.com.

Less than one percent (0.78%) of the state’s 68,150 marijuana growers have obtained licenses, and as little as 25 percent of the cannabis consumed in California is currently being purchased from licensed retailers, “An Emerging Crisis: Barriers to Entry in California Cannabis – California Growers Association,” finds.

The reason: government greed and overregulation have made it easier and more practical to remain illegal – the same reasons companies typically cite for relocating to another state.

California’s “disregard or lack of concern for the cost (especially one-time costs) of regulatory compliance,” is keeping pot sellers underground, the study concludes.

Exceeding 60 percent, California’s effective tax rate is the highest of any state where cannabis is legal. Water, testing, and historic land use impact regulations are too costly and burdensome, the study finds. And, requiring licensed businesses to buy new generators, instead of retrofitting their current equipment to meet government standards, is both unnecessary and cost-prohibitive. Annual tax-revenue had, intially, been projected to be about one billion dollars.

More than half (57%) of the trade association’s members say a lack of clarity in the “hundreds of pages” of regulations and compliance rules is a significant barrier to entering the legal market.

And, “most Californians” are used to getting their marijuana from illegal sources and 20 percent of marijuana businesses began their operations prior to legalization, the study finds. What’s more, “as many as 30 percent of the growers in the state live off the grid.”

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#1. To: All (#0)

Yeah. Legalize it and tax it! We'll make billions!

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-11   13:22:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: misterwhite, free market capitalism (#0)

Another win for free market capitalism. The gov commies are losing.

hondo68  posted on  2018-03-11   13:34:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: misterwhite (#1)

We'll make billions!

What is the velocity of munchy money?

VxH  posted on  2018-03-11   13:50:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: misterwhite (#0)

Study: Calif. Pot Industry Staying Illegal to Escape State’s High Taxes, Onerous Regulations
Duh ...

And NOBOBY saw this COMING....wow, just WOW !!!

Gatlin  posted on  2018-03-11   15:06:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: Gatlin (#4)

The dopers knew this "legalize it and tax it" scheme would never work. They just wanted it legalized. Screw the taxes.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-11   19:03:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: misterwhite (#5) (Edited)

legalize it and tax it

That (and the medical weed myth) was the stepping stone to sell legal weed. After its recreationally legal everywhere, potheads will scream unfair taxation and give up the lie that weed cures everything propaganda.

Potheads are like any other criminal, manipulative.

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2018-03-11   20:06:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: GrandIsland (#6)

potheads will scream unfair taxation

Of course. But that will be their excuse to buy untaxed street marijuana. Once it's in the bag, who knows where they got it.

Then we end up with legal marijuana and no tax revenue.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-11   20:40:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: VxH (#3)

What is the velocity of munchy money?

So fast you can't tax it.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-11   20:41:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#9. To: misterwhite (#0)

$7 billion marijuana market


That's a lot of laundry run through the "Tarantula Juice".

All that cash has to be going somewhere.

VxH  posted on  2018-03-11   21:23:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#10. To: VxH (#9)

$7 billion marijuana market

Sessions has his work cut out for him.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-03-12   8:55:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#11. To: misterwhite, VxH (#10)

$7 billion marijuana market

Sessions has his work cut out for him.

How Uncle Sam Launders Marijuana Money

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-03-12   9:12:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#12. To: misterwhite (#10)

Sessions has his work cut out for him.

How's the poodle whisperer doing with that "Jail Hillary" work?

VxH  posted on  2018-03-12   10:08:12 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#13. To: Deckard (#11)

How Uncle Sam Launders Marijuana Money

It's all drama.

The entire economy now runs on the fumes that come from keeping the Velocity of bullshyte running at full throttle.

Which does society benefit from more:

A: providing for the care of the individuals it has failed to motivate
B: incarcerating those same individuals it deliberately fails to motivate for the benefit of the prison industrial complex?

Thomas Jefferson

VxH  posted on  2018-03-12   10:28:51 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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