The Louisiana Business Report writes… A House Republican leader’s bid to expand Louisiana’s medical marijuana program and allow smokable cannabis started to gain traction today, as lawmakers advanced a bill that would tax the new therapeutic products. Louisiana’s dispensaries sell medical marijuana in liquids, topical applications, inhalers, and edible gummies. Houma Rep. Tanner Magee, the House’s second-ranking Republican, is proposing to authorize sales of raw, smokable marijuana for medical use—and to apply state sales tax to those products if lawmakers allow them. The House Ways and Means Committee agreed without objection to the bill applying the state’s 4.45% sales tax rate and dedicating the money generated to transportation projects. Lawmakers advanced the proposal to the full House for debate, even as some expressed concern about levying a tax on medicine, which is not done on any prescription drugs in Louisiana.

Sean Hocking, Cannabis Law Report, 04/17/2021 21:30:00

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