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Lawmakers Talk About Taxing Marijuana

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Three more Michigan cities have voted to decriminalize marijuana and there is more chatter at the state capitol about slapping a tax on it.

"The medical marijuana community wants to be taxed," comments State Rep. Mike Calton.

But GOP Speaker Jase Bolger says that's not going to happen right away.

The Senate GOP leader says such talk is premature, but he's open to it, but does not want to tax medical marijuana. There are some in the legislature who believe pot should be treated like beer, alcohol and cigarettes.

 

Rep. Calton contends, just look at all the cites in Michigan that have lowered the penalties and in Colorado this week that slapped a hefty tax on weed. "I think it's politically wise. 67 percent of the people voted for medical marijuana and 37 percent opposed it. In politics, who do you want on your side, the 67 percent or the 37 percent?"

 

"The conversation needs to be about policy surrounding marijuana. Do we decriminalize or legalize it so the tax question should not be the first question," said Bolger.

It won't happen right away, but some say its only a matter of time before the state taxes marijuana.

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