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Arkansas Senate endorses special tax on medical marijuana

Backers say 4% fee per transaction will raise $1.2M in 2018

By Brian Fanney

This article was published March 30, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Sen. Blake Johnson looks over a measure Wednesday during the Senate Education Committee meeting.

The Senate approved a bill Wednesday to levy a special tax on medical marijuana.

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hah406 says... March 30, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.

They do realize that if they over-tax and over-regulate this new market, they will just drive everyone back into the underground black market and continue to enrich the Mexican cartels?

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KCSAP says... March 30, 2017 at 7:27 a.m.

Run it up! This tax should be higher than the alcohol sin taxes since the bulk of the use will NOT be medical. There will be health related state costs due to the legalization of marijuana.

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bfe71730 says... March 30, 2017 at 9 a.m.

yeah right, KCSAP, next all the white women will be marrying blacks, go ahead and watch Refer Madness one more time!

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Balien says... March 30, 2017 at 9:25 a.m.

Now the AR-Leg needs to pass law(s) requiring the health insurance industry to cover this new medicine.

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TimberTopper says... March 30, 2017 at 9:36 a.m.

Somewhere I remember that food and drugs weren't to be taxed at a high rate. Sure appears that the black market pharmacy will continue to thrive!

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mrcharles says... March 30, 2017 at 11:53 a.m.

Is it possible the cartel has taken over the leg? Sounds like hah is right this is a sly plan to keep the criminal element in the market .

And we all know of course that alchol is just a minor inconvenience, as devil weed makes you want to beat your significant other, beat up some loud mouth [ sometimes the question of who the loudmouth is one to be figured out], Sin tax, why dont we just tax the devil since he causes sin. Sure would like to talk to that initial prime cause that made such a bad buy, though there was that job incident where he was given specific permission to try the idea of Trading Places on him.

Next thing you know sugar will be taxed, though it would be hard to cal it a sin tax since it is in everything. I even heard it is in diabetes, or causes it, or I just dont know as the ancient book just isnt clear about this matter.

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dearlo says... March 30, 2017 at 12:42 p.m.

TAX!!!!!!!!!!!! Lucky that the black market is alive and doing really well. My friend has NOT had a seizure in over a year and had many while on legal drugs, that is a FACT. He does not drink nor do any real drugs. They got really bad on legal drugs.

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3WorldState1 says... March 30, 2017 at 4:55 p.m.

Like the wet counties fighting against dry counties getting booze. Maybe the leg is run by the cartels? Or they are just really stupid.

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NoUserName says... March 30, 2017 at 6:15 p.m.

To be paid for by those that need it. Way to go Ledge! You want to tax it? Let's completely legalize it. Then you can have at it.

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KnuckleBall says... March 30, 2017 at 7:02 p.m.

Yes 3World, they are that stupid....!!!!!

Over 3000 bills filed between both houses.... and the vast majority are just as stupid...!!!

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