Licenses, not taxes, are the main problem in California

I was disappointed to see the usually reliable Tax Policy Center repeat the message of the cannabis industry and the libertarian right, saying that “high taxes” on marijuana in California are to blame for slowing revenue growth. Continue reading “Licenses, not taxes, are the main problem in California”


How is bud-trim line working in California?

A fair argument against weight-based taxes on raw marijuana plant material is that different parts of the plant need different tax rates.  So categories are needed.  A particularly difficult line to draw may be that between bud (flower) and trim (leaves).  That topic has been covered here, in a link below in my message to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration via Continue reading “How is bud-trim line working in California?”

Eminent Legal Scholar Joins CNR Board

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 19, 2019. The Center for New Revenue today announced that Professor Douglas A. Berman of Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law has joined its Board of Advisors. Professor Berman holds the Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law, and is Executive Director of the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center.  A graduate of Princeton and the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, he has written widely on drug policy, criminal law, sentencing, and more.  He operates the Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform Blog,

“When the Center for New Revenue began in 2011, the study of cannabis legalization policy was in start-up mode.  Professor Berman brings our Board beyond the friends and family stage,” said Center founder Pat Oglesby.  “Now the stakes are growing.  Doug Berman brings recognized expertise to the expanding discussion of cannabis policy.  It’s an honor to have him join the Center’s Board.”