No home growing w/o license

From a tax perspective, Ohio’s November marijuana Initiative may be the worst plan ever to reach the ballot. It caps tax rates forever, by Constitutional amendment.   (Another objection is that it channels all the new wealth directly to its millionaire funders.)

But the Ohio proposal contains a restriction on home growing that I don’t remember seeing in such a prominent proposal. Home growing is a threat to the millionaires who would seize all commercial growing rights for themselves. So the proposal makes home growers get licenses.  But the silver lining for tax enforcement is that licenses will make it harder for home growers to break the rules and start selling in commerce, in competition with the legal, taxed market.  If you want a tight tax system, licensing home growers would be part of the plan.  

Here’s the language from Ohio’s Issue 3:

“It is lawful for persons 21 years of age or older to grow, cultivate, use, possess and share with another person 21 years of age or older homegrown marijuana in an amount not to exceed four flowering marijuana plants and eight ounces of usable homegrown marijuana at a given time; provided, however, that such person must first obtain a non-transferrable license pursuant to Commission-promulgated rules and regulations.”

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Author: patoglesby

From 1982 to 1990, I worked in tax policy for Committees of the United States Congress. In recent years, I was Adjunct Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Business School and then Adjunct Professor at its Law School.

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