Prop D Argument (Additional Tax on Cannabis/Expanding Businesses Subject to More Taxes)

Hi All. Here's mine too. Clocks in at 307, but I checked the word count
rules, and per my calculation, it should come in at exactly 300 at the
Department of Elections. Initially clocked in at around 344, and I've been
chopping for about an hour. As always, I have no pride of ownership when
it comes to these arguments, so I'm open to any and all edits that will
improve it.

Is there no end to the greed of the politicians? Not content with the
additional gross receipts tax on commercial rents and additional parcel tax
from June’s election, Prop D would impose an *additional* gross receipts
tax on cannabis businesses. Finally, recreational marijuana can be
purchased openly and legally, but *Prop D would send pot purchasers back to
the black market with onerous taxes that would make the price of legal pot
prohibitively high.*

*Wasn’t the whole point of legalization to eliminate the black market where
even children could easily access pot and quality and potency were
unpredictable? *

Washington and Colorado lowered their initially high taxes to attract
buyers back to the legal market, and even Berkeley lowered its cannabis tax
rate. *Pot is already being taxed in California and San Francisco.*
California
imposes a 15% excise tax. San Francisco taxes it at 8.5%, and cannabis
businesses with gross receipts of over $1,000,000 are already taxed from
..075% to .65%. Cannabis is already taxed at every step of the supply
chain—cultivation, testing, and sales.

*Prop D was purposely left open so the BOS could easily raise the tax
rates.* The *starting* rates are 1%, 1.5%, 2.5%, and 5%. Prop D sets 7%
as the maximum; it’s just a matter of time before the tax hungry
politicians vote to raise the rates to 7%. It’s laughable Prop D mentions
*lowering* the rates. When was the last time the politicians *lowered* any
taxes?

Prop D also capitalizes on the recent Supreme Court ruling that allows
jurisdictions to tax without a physical presence. It would charge business
taxes on more companies and *make goods and services even more expensive to
purchase in San Francisco.*

With an $11 billion budget, isn’t it time to say NO to politicians with no
shame? *Vote NO on D.*
Libertarian Party of San Francisco

Thanks!
Aubrey