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Distribution of Marijuana Tax Revenue (2015)

Subjects
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Fiscal Policy & Taxes
Published
07/22/2015

Three state taxes apply to marijuana, but medical and retail marijuana are taxed differently. Both medical and retail marijuana are subject to the 2.9 percent state sales tax, which is applied to most purchases in the state. Additionally, retail marijuana is subject to a 10 percent sales tax, levied on retail sales, and a 15 percent excise tax, levied on the first transfer of marijuana from a wholesaler to a processor or retailer. These additional taxes on retail marijuana were approved by voters with the passage of Proposition AA in 2013. Table 1 shows the state taxes that apply to medical and retail marijuana.

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