Indexing: Oregon’s marijuana bill doesn’t get it.

A sustainable tax based on weight or volume needs to be indexed for inflation.  A new marijuana legalization bill in Oregon, House Bill 3371, fails that test.  The tax rate, $35 per ounce, can’t be proved wrong — or right.  But the history of alcohol taxation in recent years, where unindexed taxes have lost over half their real value since 1992, proves the value of indexing — if you can about revenue.  The answer is not hard to find:  the legalization bill in Maryland this year, HB 1453, indexes a $50 per ounce rate.


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