Regulatory report: US state-by-state taxation of medical cannabis

Tax policies for medical cannabis vary widely across the states of the US, as the public policy debate continues. Whereas some states seek to derive revenue from it – either to fund tight regulation over the programme or other endeavours – others subject medical cannabis to lower tax rates than other goods to reduce patients’ medical costs.

By comparison, CBD products are generally taxed in the same way as any other sale of goods: they are subjected to the general state sales tax. Recreational cannabis, on the other hand, is often subject to excise taxes – sometimes at very high rates.

This report focuses only on state taxation of medical cannabis. On the federal level, there is no excise tax on cannabis, as it is a controlled substance. Cannabis businesses must still pay income taxes, though, and cannot claim deductions that other business routinely use for federal tax purposes.

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Table of contents

  1. Executive summary
  2. Introduction
  3. State taxation of medical cannabis
  4. State regulations
  5. Alabama
  6. Alaska
  7. Arizona
  8. Arkansas
  9. California
  10. Colorado
  11. Connecticut
  12. Delaware
  13. Florida
  14. Hawaii
  15. Illinois
  16. Louisiana
  17. Maine
  18. Maryland
  19. Massachusetts
  20. Michigan
  21. Minnesota
  22. Mississippi
  23. Missouri
  24. Montana
  25. Nevada
  26. New Hampshire
  27. New Jersey
  28. New Mexico
  29. New York
  30. North Dakota
  31. Ohio
  32. Oklahoma
  33. Oregon
  34. Pennsylvania
  35. Rhode Island
  36. South Dakota
  37. Utah
  38. Vermont
  39. Virginia
  40. Washington
  41. West Virginia

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