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Oakland, California, passes landmark marijuana tax – CNN.com

July 22, 2009

So California:

<cite>Oakland, California, passes landmark marijuana tax – CNN.com</cite>: “

Decrease font Decrease fontEnlarge font Enlarge fontOAKLAND, California (CNN) — Oakland’s bid to become the first U.S. city to tax proceeds on medical marijuana passed Tuesday by a landslide vote.About 80 percent of people voting in the Oakland election approved the new medical marijuana tax.About 80 percent of people voting in the Oakland election approved the new medical marijuana tax.About 80 percent of voters chose to impose the tax on Oakland’s medical marijuana facilities, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.Some celebrated the news at Oaksterdam University by hand-rolling large marijuana cigarettes or stuffing cannabis into pipes. The school trains students for work in the medical marijuana industry.’It is important because the city of Oakland is facing a massive deficit like many jurisdictions in California,’ said Steve DeAngelo, a leader of one of the city’s cannabis clubs. ‘And we decided to step up to the plate and make a contribution to the city in a time of need.’DeAngelo, one of the people who led the effort to get the tax approved, said his business will now have to pay more than $350,000 from the new tax next year. Video Watch report from CNN’s Dan Simon �

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