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Why California's Marijuana Taxes Are Much More Than Beer and Wine, But Less Than Cigarettes

For every buck you spend on weed there, add in 35 cents in taxes.

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Why California's cannabis taxes are much more than wine and beer, but less than cigarettes

Bummer! For every dollar you spend on cannabis in California, you may have to pay another 35 cents to the government. The tax man's grab on ganja proceeds has come into full focus since legal sales started in January, and the sticker shock over the price of pot has filled social media with a mix of outrage and confusion over just what's driving up the cost of cannabis

Lisa M. Krieger reports for the San Jose Mercury News.