Florida GOP State Senator Proposes Tax Relief For Medical Marijuana Businesses, Bucking Party LinePosted by On

Florida State Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez (R) is seeking to ease the financial burden on medical marijuana businesses by allowing them to claim state tax deductions currently denied by the federal government under an IRS code known as 280E, which prevents legal cannabis businesses from deducting ordinary business expenses, significantly hampering their profitability.

Rodriguez’s proposal would amend Florida’s tax code by allowing medical marijuana operators to claim tax deductions in “an amount equal to an expenditure that is eligible to be claimed as a federal income tax deduction but is disallowed because marijuana is a controlled substance under federal law,” according to the proposed bill, reported Marijuana Moment.

The Florida bill comes as the state Supreme Court weighs whether voters will decide on adult-use legalization in a 2024 ballot. While the legislation currently excludes recreational businesses, it highlights Florida’s growing acceptance of cannabis and its economic potential.

The push for tax parity stems from the recognition that the current system stifles the cannabis industry’s growth and hinders its contribution to state tax revenues.

Murky Tax Stance

The IRS’s position on 280E remains murky, offering limited guidance and leaving businesses in a tax grey area. Rescheduling marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act would automatically remove the 280E barrier. Thought the DEA has yet to act on an August recommendation by the Dept. of…

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