Senate Democrats advance pot tax taking on guv'' s.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017|1 a.m.

CARSON CITY– Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a marijuana sales tax step that goes farther than the Republican governor’s strategy.

Gov. Brian Sandoval proposed in January that the state enforce a 10 percent sales tax on leisure pot and send out the income, anticipated to amount to $70 million over 2 years, to public schools.

The Senate Democrats’ measure would enforce a 12 percent sales tax on all cannabis, with 10 percent going toward public schools and 2 percent funding drug abuse programs.

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

Medical marijuana sales and growers are presently taxed 2 percent.

“It was essential that we have an effective and structured tax system that took into consideration medical marijuana and now leisure marijuana so that it was something that we might execute in the real world,” stated costs sponsor Sen. Julia Ratti, a Democrat from the Reno residential area of Triggers.

The Senate Profits and Economic Advancement Committee passed Senate Bill 487 on a party-line vote.

Nevada citizens decided in November to enable people age 21 or older to use pot recreationally– turning into one of 8 states to do so.

Recreational marijuana sales are expected to begin in July.

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