California Cannabis Taxes Hiked

For the second time since California launched its legal cannabis market in 2018, regulators are going to raise marijuana taxes statewide.

According to a notice from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA), all three types of marijuana cultivation taxes will increase effective Jan. 1, 2022.


The tax increase stems from a state law requiring the CDTFA to recalculate the wholesale cannabis markup rate every six months because of inflation.

The tax rates for:

  • Marijuana flower per dry-weight ounce will increase from $9.65 to $10.08.
  • Cannabis leaves will increase from $2.87 to $3.
  • Fresh marijuana plant material will increase from $1.35 to $1.41.

The taxes in question are all paid by marijuana growers.

The previous rate increase came Jan. 1, 2020, when the wholesale markup rate for marijuana was raised from 60% to 80%.


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