California state Sen. Mike McGuire doesn’t think that his state will be ready to collect taxes from recreational marijuana cultivators by the start of next year, as reported by Reuters.
According to McGuire, California has failed to enroll all of its licensed growers, which he estimates to be in the tens of thousands, into the state’s “track and trace” system, a system that is meant to monitor marijuana cultivation from seed to sale.
Complicating the matter is the fact that most of the state’s marijuana is grown in rural areas that lack access to broadband and, in some cases, working phone lines, making it difficult for the state to reach growers and bring them into the new system.
“When it comes to the state’s cultivation tax collection system … we will not be ready on day one,” McGuire said. “Having (the system) up and running and having it integrated into the community with businesses and tax-paying entities uploaded are two different things.”