Here is a recent summary of our news and analysis pieces on the Tax Moratorium

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Cannabis economics of Sonoma County

August 4, 2023
Sonoma County's cannabis program is running in the red and will need to be subsidized by FY 28-29. That's far from the promises made by our supervisors.
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California pot farmers quiting the legal market

May 25, 2023
Low wholesale prices have made it almost impossible for operators to run a profitable small business, pot industry insiders say.
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California pot industry facing 'extinction event'

May 23, 2023
Cannabis companies not paying their taxes; going out business do to their own neglect.
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How did we end up with a 45% cannabis tax break??

April 20, 2022
The Board of Supervisors approved a 45% tax reduction for cannabis operations, taking $800K from county revenue for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. Now, instead of the County funding essential services from cannabis tax revenues, as was promoted in Measure A (the legislation that legalized cannabis in Sonoma County), taxpayers will be shouldering the cost of the cannabis program instead.
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Humboldt tax break will erase $13M from county budget

March 7, 2022
In their ability to weather the emerging cannabis market, Sonoma cannabis operators share many similarities with Humboldt’s growers. Humboldt just approved an 85% tax reduction for growers -- erasing $13M from their budget. Instead of cannabis subsidizing communities, taxpayers will now be subsiding unprofitable, uncompetitive cannabis cultivation -- and living with worse enforcement.
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