The Arizona Senate voted last week to impose a state tax on medicinal marijuana if the drug is ever legalized in the state.

The lawmakers sent SB 1222 to the House on a 17-to-12 vote, with five Republicans, including Senate President Bob Burns, in favor.

The bill would impose a $20 per ounce luxury tax on medicinal marijuana, along with the state’s 5.6% sales tax.

Andrew Myers — who is leading the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project’s effort to authorize legal sales of the drug through a referendum in November — projects revenue from the tax will run from $1 million to $4 million a year.

The proposed referendum would allow terminally or seriously ill patients to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks from state-regulated dispensaries.

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