Election 2018: Bay Area to Vote on Cannabis Taxes

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A vendor weighs buds for card-carrying medical marijuana patients attending Los Angeles' first-ever cannabis farmer's market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary on July 4, 2014. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

This November, voters across California will decide how cannabis will be taxed in their cities and counties. Although taxes on marijuana have not brought in as much revenue as projected, supporters of local taxes still think they could be a source of funding for programs including cannabis education and enforcement. Opponents of cannabis taxation argue that high taxes are stifling a burgeoning industry and pushing people back into the black market. Forum discusses the state of marijuana taxation in California and examines two local tax measures: San Francisco's Prop D and Oakland's Measure V.

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David Downs, California bureau chief for LEAFLY.com; author, "The Medical Marijuana Guidebook: America's First How-To Guide for Patients and Caregivers"