Sen. Dan Claitor of Baton Rouge says state is missing an opportunity to generate revenues
As state officials look for ways to put more revenue into state coffers, a Baton Rouge legislator says the Jindal administration has an opportunity to collect taxes from marijuana dealers.
Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, says a state law that's been on the books since the 1990s requires marijuana dealers to pay taxes on their product by buying tax stamps from the state Department of Revenue or face seizure of their homes, cars and other valuables if they're caught with unstamped drugs.
Claitor says he is not advocating the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana in Louisiana, as is being proposed in other states.
He says he thinks the Jindal administration and the Department of Revenue should pursue collecting the state's marijuana tax as a way to generate revenues, or get rid of the law.