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Lawmakers want no tax breaks for pot production

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SEATTLE — Marijuana producers in Washington state would be prohibited from qualifying for agriculture tax breaks under a bill considered today by state lawmakers.

Officials estimate that the industry could currently qualify for three dozen different tax breaks, largely surrounding agricultural production. A state House committee is exploring a bill that would block those tax breaks for 10 years.

Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle, a sponsor of the bill, said it’s important that marijuana producers pay taxes so that lawmakers will…

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