In a landslide vote on July 21, Oakland’s bid to become the first U.S. city to tax revenues made from sales of medical marijuana was passed.
According to Alameda County Registrar, around 80 percent of voters voted in favor of the taxation of Oakland’s medical marijuana facilities.
In these facilities, those who are eligible to indulge can choose from an array of fluffy, green buds that are separated by their flavors, euphoric feels and lasting effects. Each strand’s side effects are listed on the menu from which you can choose. Nice.
When the news spread, some Oaksterdam University students celebrated by rolling up spliffs and packing pipes with super green Cali bud. The school trains students for employment in the medical marijuana industry, reports CNN.
“It is important because the city of Oakland is facing a massive deficit like many jurisdictions in California,” said Steve DeAngelo, a leader of one of the city’s cannabis clubs. “And we decided to step up to the plate and make a contribution to the city in a time of need.”
DeAngelo, an advocate who ignited the efforts to get the tax approved, said under the new tax, his business will have to dish out more than $350,000 next year.
Among thousands of advocates, Oakland’s City Council also supported the movement.
City councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan said, “Given that the medical cannabis dispensaries are something that was legalized in California, why not have revenue from it?”
While there were no absolute objections to the new tax, some believe the effort sends the wrong message: Choke and pass, choke and pass.
“The taxation of a federally unlawful drug is just not something that the community should accept,” said Paul Chabot of the Coalition for a Drug Free California. “With the state in dire straits in finances and the country looking for ways to pay down debt, looking at illegal drugs is the absolute wrong thing to do.”
The tax was passed by way of a mail-in election Tuesday, which officially implemented 1.8 percent gross receipts tax on four legal pot dispensaries in Oakland.
Each facility will have to pay approximately $18 in taxes for every $1,000 in marijuana sales.
If you don’t live in Cali and you want your state to follow suit, start the movement, or take part in the mass exodus to the Bay area that’s soon to follow.