Nevada Senate Dems want to tax weed at higher rate than governor does

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CARSON CITY, Nev. Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a marijuana sales tax measure that goes farther than the Republican governors plan.

Gov. Brian Sandoval proposed in January that the state impose a 10 percent sales tax on recreational pot and send the revenue, expected to total $70 million over two years, to public schools.

The Senate Democrats measure would impose a 12 percent sales tax on all marijuana, with 10 percent going toward public schools and 2 percent funding substance abuse programs.

The bill would also raise taxes on medical marijuana growing facilities to the same 15 percent rate planned for recreational pot growers.

Medical marijuana sales and growers are currently taxed 2 percent.

It was important that we have an efficient and streamlined taxation system that took into account medical marijuana and now recreational marijuana so that it was ...

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