Tax officials ask lawmakers to push back proposed legal pot sale start date

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Tax officials are asking state lawmakers to push back the proposed date to start legal marijuana sales.

The proposed legislation calls for the state to begin licensing retailers as soon as January 2020. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the state’s tax department is asking that be pushed back until 2021.

Tax officials say it would have to set up a computer system for collecting state and local taxes for marijuana sales.

That would push back when people 21 and older could legally buy cannabis from retailers. The bill is in the House Judiciary Committee. 

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