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Hahn proposes city tax on medical marijuana

July 16, 2009|John Hoeffel

Seeking new revenue for the city, Councilwoman Janice Hahn proposed Wednesday that the council consider imposing a tax on sales of medical marijuana.

Los Angeles has hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries. As California's local and state governments look to plug their budget deficits, attention has started to focus on marijuana as an untapped source. Oakland voters will decide Tuesday on a medical marijuana tax.

"In this current economic crisis, we need to get creative about how we raise funds," Hahn said in a statement. "A tax on medical marijuana could enable the city to continue providing services we might otherwise have to cut."

Hahn's motion was supported by Councilmen Dennis Zine and Bill Rosendahl.

-- John Hoeffel

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