MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — California analysts Tuesday recommended scrapping the state's often-criticized system for taxing legal marijuana and replacing it with one hitched to the potency of products. In other words, the stronger the smoke, the more you pay. The proposal comes as legal businesses have been pleading with the Legislature for a tax cut, blaming hefty tax rates imposed by state and local governments for driving consumers into the thriving illegal market. In some areas, the combined tax rates on legal pot can approach nearly 50%. The plan recommended by the Legislative Analyst's Office would nix existing taxes, including an across-the-board, 15% levy paid by consumers at the retail counter. They say it could be replaced with one based on poten
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