(This story has been updated to include information from Jana Weltzin, a cannabis attorney.)
The Anchorage Assembly voted against a 2% tax increase on cannabis retail sales Tuesday. MJ business owners see the Assembly’s 8-2 vote as a win for them and a blow to the state’s illicit cannabis market, TV station KTUU reported.
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s proposal would have raised the city’s tax from 5% to 7%.
- City departments have spent more money than anticipated working with marijuana businesses.
- The city had only until July 1 to vote to increase the tax.
Jana Weltzin, a cannabis attorney with JDW, told Marijuana Business Daily the city’s case for the tax increase didn’t add up.
It has cost Anchorage approximately $615,000 to work with the marijuana industry, and MJ businesses have generated $3.5 million for Anchorage in tax revenue alone, she said.
The Assembly is authorized to increase the marijuana retail sales tax every two years by no more than 2%, and the tax cannot exceed 12%.
Anchorage’s tax on marijuana has not increased since it was approved in 2016.