Medical marijuana to be taxed in Arizona

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona soon will be taxing a new product -- medical marijuana.

The tax on medical marijuana will be the same as taxing any other product in the state, whether it be candy or furniture.

Anthony Forschino, assistant director of the state Department of Revenue, says that's a 6.6 percent state tax, and between 2 and 3 percent for cities.

Arizona voters approved medical marijuana in November, making the state the 15th in the nation to pass such a law.

The measure will allow patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other chronic or debilitating diseases to buy 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks or grow a limited number of plants themselves if they live 25 miles from a dispensary.

Patients could begin buying pot with a doctor's recommendation in the state this summer.