Oakland To Tax, License Indoor Marijuana Growers

Pot-friendly Oakland is taking a unique approach to medical marijuana growers. While other cities in California and the West are cracking down, Oakland is talking about licensing and taxing pot growers.

Two city council members are preparing legislation that would license a few big growers who would supply the city's four legal medical marijuana dispensaries.

A tax on the dispensaries is expected to bring in $1 million in its first year, and one councilman says a tax on growers could bring in even more money. That would be a big boon when the city is facing a $42 million budget shortfall.

Reid expects to introduce the bill next month.

Growing and selling marijuana remain illegal under federal law.

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  • by Bud Location: your neighbor on May 29, 2010 at 02:23 AM
    to US citizen, I'd rather be smoking a joint.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on May 28, 2010 at 09:23 AM
    I'd rather be free from this addiction or bondage than to be sitting there smoking a joint during the rapture. Don't be left behind because of a selfish habit that pollutes your body or temple. You can't be logical with an addicted user so no need for replies unless you're against the recreational use of marijuana.
  • by Jim Location: SC on May 28, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    No Toker, what they're going to do is tax them AND THEN bust them. That way they get to claim credit for both.
  • by sue Location: nc on May 28, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    Instead of fighting this, and wasting money, let's tax it, just like alcohol, and our country would be a much better place!
  • by shs Toker on May 28, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    Wow so you mean instead of costing the state millions a year for busting this harmless and helpful drug they are actually going to make money off of it... Who would have thought. 48 more states will hopefully follow in OK's footsteps. light it up
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 28, 2010 at 05:35 AM
    So, if they do, the new market will be the old market, illegal marijuana...back to business as usual.
  • by Scott on May 28, 2010 at 05:03 AM
    Marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, yet alcohol is legal. I say legalize it and tax it.
  • by local Location: jville on May 28, 2010 at 03:50 AM
    It's all about money! forget right or wrong,good or bad. Oakland I salute you

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