Are Potency Taxes the Future?

When Illinois launched its market in 2020, it became the first state to tax cannabis based on cannabinoid content. However, it is unlikely to be the last. The fact that no other state taxes cannabis based on potency might seem odd to anyone familiar with alcohol taxes. Distilled spirits (liquor), with a much higher alcohol content than wine or beer, are taxed at a much higher rate per gallon. Why isn’t this the norm for cannabis? Let’s look at how alcohol is taxed, starting with federal excise taxes, which are imposed when the product leaves the brewery, winery, or distillery or is imported into the country. Most beer is federally taxed at around 50 cents per gallon, regardless of its alcoho

As Youth Dabbing Increases, Opportunities for Public Health Frameworks Become Apparent

Public health professionals and regulators nationwide have an eye toward Colorado’s cannabis market as a sign of what to expect as other states’ markets mature. The bi-annual Healthy Kids Colorado Survey has confirmed that legalization has had no statistically significant impact on total youth consumption. Public health professionals and regulators alike can celebrate a grand achievement in the social experiment of legal access. But this win is accompanied by troubling data on dabbing, a way of ingesting high potency THC through concentrated oil. Dabbing has grown among Colorado high schoolers who consume cannabis, from 4.3% in 2015 to 20.4% in 2019. This is on par with national trends, poin

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