Taxation of medical cannabis – incomplete info

How do the 20+ states without legal commercial recreational cannabis tax medical cannabis?

There are 29 or more states that have legalized medical cannabis, but no good list of how the ones that have not legalized commercial recreational cannabis tax medical.

I myself have tried to assemble info on taxation of medical cannabis only in the eight states that have legalized commercial recreational cannabis, at https://newrevenue.org/2017/10/16/state-marijuana-taxes-today/ (chart from that site at end of this post). That’s more work than I’m willing to do (can the Center for New Revenue get a volunteer intern?), and the sources I’ve found don’t seem reliable. Any information will be appreciated.   Continue reading “Taxation of medical cannabis – incomplete info”

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Gresham’s law for revenue estimates

“Gresham’s law is a monetary principle stating that ‘bad money drives out good.’ For example, if there are two forms of commodity money in circulation, which are accepted by law as having similar face value, the more valuable commodity will disappear from circulation.” That’s from wikipedia.

The same phenomenon applies to official revenue estimates, it seems to me.

Say an industry has a friendly Member lined up to do its bidding. The ideal tactic for the industry might be to have the Member propose a number of different tax cuts, and get the official scorekeeper to produce revenue estimates for all of them. Then the industry can see which tax cut proposals get lower revenue cost estimates than they believe. Say the industry figures, based on confidential information that the scorekeeper can’t readily discover, that proposal A would benefit the industry by $3 billion, proposal B would benefit it by $6 billion, and proposal C would benefit it by $9 billion. Say the scorekeeper comes back with estimates (to make this very simple) that they all cost $6 billion. So the Member abandons A and B, and gets C enacted.  The bad estimate has driven out the good. Continue reading “Gresham’s law for revenue estimates”

Marijuana tax competition — in Thehill.com

Revenue from marijuana?
Not so fast.
Local retail taxes will weaken.
Local producer taxes will vanish.
State taxes will fail when federal legalization stops anti-import rules.  http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/372396-how-tax-competition-can-threaten-marijuana-revenue  Continue reading “Marijuana tax competition — in Thehill.com”

280E revenue won’t keep marijuana illegal

[See UPDATE from 2 Feb 2018 at the end.]
Amanda Chicago Lewis has a thought-provoking article in Rolling Stone that points out the federal government is making money from federally illegal marijuana. I appreciate her allowing me to take issue with her thought — “the feds might be making way more money by keeping weed illegal than they would by legalizing” — by letting me say, “’The federal government is not going to do this for zero,’ Oglesby says.” Continue reading “280E revenue won’t keep marijuana illegal”