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Lackey, who spent 28 years in the California Highway Patrol, told reporters that the cumulative tax burden is high for an industry being regulated for the first time.

“Without tax relief to make taxes more affordable, we will continue to empower California’s mature black market,” said Lackey, of Palmdale.

Criminals don’t pay taxes, check IDs to avoid selling to underage buyers or follow safety regulations, Lackey added.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the bill might be considered, or its level of support within the Legislature.