Opinion: Don’t lower the taxes on recreational marijuana. Use the funds for health education

Mayor Jesse Arreguín has introduced an ordinance to reduce the local business license fee on recreational cannabis. The current “tax” established by voters with Measure S in 2010 is set at 10%.  Arreguín’s proposal reduces the tax to 5%, although at the last City Council meeting, some members voiced interest in further reductions or outright elimination of the local tax. This proposal is on the City Council agenda again on Tuesday.

We support the decriminalization of marijuana, but we strongly oppose lowering local cannabis taxes. Although many people will be responsible in their marijuana use, it is a product that is

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