SB 512, to end double taxation of cannabis in California, faces a critical vote in the Assembly Revenue and Tax Committee on Monday, July 10. Only pubic testimony will be taken at the hearing (no call-ins).
Under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the cannabis excise tax is set at 15% of gross receipts from licensed retail cannabis sales. Many local governments impose additional taxes on cannabis, ranging as high as 10% in some jurisdictions. Retailers are required to include these excise taxes in the definition of gross receipts when charging additional sales taxes of 7.25 – 10.5%.
SB 512 would end this double or triple taxation on cannabis, delivering much-needed relief to what is currently an unfairly overtaxed industry.
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The CA DOJ also released its annual crime report, showing that felony marijuana arrests fell from 825 in 2021 to only 691 in 2022, a 3.4% drop. Misdemeanor arrests for marijuana also continued to fall, to 2,562 in 2022. Racial disparities in arrests continued, with 50.2% of felony marijuana arrests targeting Hispanics, 20.3% whites, and 16.2% blacks. Read more.
California’s Unified Cannabis Enforcement Taskforce (UCETF) reports seizing over $109M worth of unlicensed cannabis products in Q2 2023
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NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL
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Daniel Ellsberg’s Real Role
It would be interesting to know when and where Ellsberg started smoking the herb and to what extent the absurdity of prohibition accelerated his transition from hawk to dove. During the Vietnam war years there was a strong synergy between the two causes – ending the war and ending marijuana prohibition. Seeing the absurdity and futility of one opened your eyes to the absurdity and futility of the other.
Many committees are halting accepting call-in testimony now that Covid has subsided. Check the committee websites and agendas for more information
Monday, July 10 • 11 AM
1021 O Street, Room 2100, Sacramento
Sen Business, Professions and Economic Development committee hearing on:
A.B. 1126 Lackey. Cannabis: citation and fine.
A.B. 1448 Wallis. Cannabis: enforcement by local jurisdictions.
A.B. 1565 Jones-Sawyer. California Cannabis Tax Fund: local equity program grants.
Tell Your State Senator to Vote Yes on AB 1565.
Monday, July 10 • 2:30 PM
State Capitol, Room 437
All witness testimony will be in person; there will be no phone testimony option for this hearing.
Asm. Revenue and Taxation Committee hearing on:
S.B. 512 Bradford. Cannabis: taxation: gross receipts.
Tell Your Assemblymember to Support SB 512
Tuesday, July 11 • 9:30 AM
1021 O Street, Room 1100, Sacramento
Asm. Business and Professions committee hearing on:
S.B. 51 Bradford. Cannabis provisional licenses: local equity applicants.
Tell Your Assemblymember to Support SB 51
Tuesday, July 11 • 9 AM
1021 O Street, Room 2100, Sacramento
Sen. Judiciary Committee hearing on:
S.B. 1684 Maienschein. Local ordinances: fines and penalties: cannabis
A.B. 1171 Blanca Rubio. Cannabis: private right of action.
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