At the request of the Honorable Jerome Horton, Chairman of the State Board of Equalization,we are seeking input from stakeholders on a proposal that could be included as a Board of Equalization sponsored measure for the upcoming 2013 Legislative Session.
The proposal, a copy of which is attached, would enact the Sales Tax Enforcement Act of 2014 to require, beginning July 1, 2014, the State Board of Equalization to administer a statewide licensing program to regulate the sale of medical marijuana and marijuana products in the state in much the same way cigarettes and tobacco product distribution is licensed. Growers, wholesalers, and retailers engaged in the sale of marijuana and marijuana products, and persons transporting marijuana and marijuana products for delivery or use, would be required to be licensed. The proposal would also require each wholesaler, as defined, to prepay the sales tax on its gross receipts derived from the sale of marijuana or marijuana products. The rate of prepayment would be at an amount (yet to be determined) per ounce or ounce equivalent on all sales of marijuana or marijuana products sold by wholesalers in this state.
We would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this proposal by checking the applicable box below, and, if so desired, adding any comments or information that you wish to convey. A reply by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 9, 2013 would be greatlyappreciated. We may be scheduling an interested parties meeting to further discuss this proposal and would welcome your participation.
Also, please feel free to forward this email to any others in your organization who may wish to respond and provide input.
___We support this proposal.
___We do not support this proposal.
___ We welcome an opportunity to participate in an interested parties process
___The proposal has merit, but changes are needed. See comments.
Here is the 30 page proposal