SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers are moving to levy taxes on medical marijuana growers after hammering out pot regulations last year.
The Assembly voted 60-12 to pass AB2243 Thursday.READ MORE: Two Drug Dealers To Plead Guilty In Mac Miller's Studio City Overdose Death
The bill authorizes charges of $9.25 per ounce of marijuana flowers, $2.75 per ounce of pot leaves and $1.25 per ounce of immature pot plants.
Legislative analysts estimate the taxes would raise $77 million annually for local police and environmental cleanup.READ MORE: Why The New Omicron COVID Variant Is More Concerning
Some marijuana activists oppose the taxes as unreasonably high, saying the flower tax alone would be 10 percent of marijuana’s value.
Democratic Assemblyman Jim Wood of Healdsburg says his proposal was killed at the last minute during negotiations to regulate marijuana last year.
The Senate approved a 15 percent marijuana sales tax earlier this week. Local governments currently tax pot about 7.5 percent.MORE NEWS: Woman Arrested, Taken For Mental Health Evaluation After Trying To Walk Onto LAX Tarmac
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