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California bill could legalise crypto tax payments for cannabis-related businesses

A newly introduced bill could legalise crypto tax payments for cannabis-related businesses in California, which will allow tax payments to be made in stablecoins

A new bill has been introduced in California which will see the legalisation of crypto payments for taxes and fees for cannabis-related businesses.

Assembly bill 935 will allow city, county, and state tax offices in California to accept stablecoins, which are cryptocurrencies pegged to fiat currencies or a physical asset.

After January 1st 2020, the bill will allow the “legislative body of a city or the board of supervisors of a county to determine and implement a method by which a licensee under MAUCRSA (Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act) may remit any city or county cannabis license tax amounts due by payment using stablecoins.”

The bill will authorise cities and counties to determine a method of accepting stablecoins directly or by utilising a third-party digital asset payment processor – which enables the immediate conversion of any stablecoin payment into USD and will deposit it into an account in the relevant jurisdiction.

Existing laws currently impose a state excise tax on the purchase of any cannabis-related products at a rate of 15% of the average market price of any retail sale by a cannabis retailer.

California also imposes a state cultivation tax for all cultivators who harvest cannabis that enters the commercial market. The rates are specified per dry-weight ounce of cannabis flowers and leaves.

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