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WA Lawmakers Consider Preventing Tax Breaks for Marijuana Businesses

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SEATTLE, WA  - Some lawmakers in Washington state want to prevent marijuana producers from qualifying for agriculture tax breaks.

A state House committee reviewed a bill on Tuesday that would block the new marijuana industry from tax breaks for 10 years.

Industry experts estimate the industry could otherwise qualify for three dozen different tax breaks, largely surrounding the agriculture industry.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board estimates the state's new marijuana laws will increase state and local tax revenues by a combined $3.5 million over the span of one year.

Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle says it's important that marijuana producers pay taxes so that lawmakers will have access to data in order to make better decisions in the future.

Republican Representative Cary Condotta however, says the bill may make it more difficult for the legal marijuana market to compete with the unregulated market. 

Lawmakers have not scheduled any votes on the bill.

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