An ordinance that would have set up a process to tax unlicensed selling and cultivation of cannabis failed in front of the county supervisors after a 2-2 split vote with one recused.

Making illegal cannabis growers and sellers pay taxes may seem far-fetched, but county Sup. Keith Groves, who brought forward the draft ordinance at the July 19 meeting, thinks it could work.

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Trinity Spirit

What the article fails to mention is a large part of proposed tax included language about licensed farms, including access to their state track and trace system. This tax was written several years ago, before the licensed cannabis tax was approved. Groves had plenty of time to clean up the language, but as a lame duck Supe he just mailed this one home.

Also, the licensed farms already single handedly fund county code enforcement (well over half million dollars per year) against black market farms. The money comes directly out of their license fees. For Groves to say that license holders don't want to deal with the black market farms is totally inaccurate as he was one of the main architects of the diversion of license fees to the sheriff's office.

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