An excise, or excise tax, is any duty on manufactured goods that is levied at the moment of manufacture rather than at sale.

Since voters opted to regulate cannabis in 2016, all products legally sold in California have come with a 15 percent excise tax.

Sometimes called the cannabis cultivation tax, the state excise tax is approximately 27% of the wholesale price.

Activists who want to save small cannabis farmers argue that the state should get rid of its cannabis excise tax.