Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Conservative Democrat Proposes Marijuana Tax

 Black Markets are often a severe drag on state economic planning. The products and services gain an unfair advantage because the activity goes untaxed and unregulated in the manner that other state commerce is subjected to.
 Rep. Eric Proctor rarely supports new tax proposals. there have been a couple recent exceptions. One is an overhaul of the oil production tax. Proctor wants to change the multi-tier system.
  The other is a Colorado model, regarding marijuana. the millions of Oklahoma dollars that go untaxed and leave the state, is a problem that suppresses the overall state economy. It also leads to various other crime problems because those involved are vulnerable to exploitation by organized crime.
  Colorado largely remedied the black market's depletion of the state economy when they adjusted their public policy to allow small amounts of personal possession of the marijuana plant. It is taxed and regulated in much the same way that Oklahoma regulates the liquor distribution system.
“I think [this] would be substantial, because there are hundreds of Oklahoma families right now that are going to Colorado and paying a much higher tax than our bill would have allowed for in Oklahoma,” Proctor said.
Eric Proctor - OKgazette file image

“It’s some money, but not enough to solve all your budget problems,”; said Joseph Henchman of the Tax Foundation.
  The direct tax will impact Oklahoma in a manner that would tackle about 10% of our budget shortfall. But the indirect economic impact will far surpass that.
​  Read the full report at the Oklahoma Gazette...

from Sooner Politics.org - Editorial http://www.soonerpolitics.org/editorial/conservative-democrat-proposes-marijuana-tax

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