Oregon Cities Pushing for Power to Tax, Ban Cannabis Sales

As it was originally passed last November by Oregon voters, Measure 91 legalizes recreational marijuana and allows the state to tax cannabis sales.

But a lawmaker has introduced a bill that would grant local governments the right to tax rec marijuana as well, which would likely raise the price of cannabis for consumers and could make it harder for retail stores to compete with the black market.

The bill would also let municipalities ban recreational marijuana sales on their own without having to win over the majority of local voters in a ballot measure, as is stipulated under Measure 91, according to The Oregonian.

Recreational marijuana in Oregon will have a flat $35 per ounce state tax, but cities and counties want to tack on another 10-15% sales tax.

The fight over taxes has been brewing for months. Many Oregon cities began enacting taxes on recreational marijuana sales in advance of the November election, in the hopes that the taxes would be grandfathered in. And last November, the Oregon Leagues of Cities vowed to push this very issue at the state Capitol.

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4 comments on “Oregon Cities Pushing for Power to Tax, Ban Cannabis Sales
  1. and another thing... on

    It’s all about monetizing the plant for corporate and state benefit. There should be no regulating, no taxation and govt should stop debating whether a citizen has right to a plant that God created.
    It’s like saying you can’t grow tomatoes or you have to get a license to purchase limited quantities of tomatoes or you have to pay an excise tax to purchase said tomatoes.
    Get govt out of marijuana. Don’t let big corporations take over the field either.

  2. Seth Tyrssen on

    Kee-rist, I remember when ounces cost less than $35, in and of themselves. At this rate, the politicians are gonna get too greedy, and end up shooting themselves in the foot — thereby making outlaw efforts seem a better option. There’s one tactic, however, that has not been heavily promoted: the aspect of the Sacred Herb as a matter of religious freedom. Keep an eye out for the appearance of the Temple of Ankh’n’Abis/Church of the Sacred Herb. If everyone who partakes of the Sacred Herb were to send just one dollar, there would be enough to fight the good fight, and make it stick. And on that basis, it would be a lot tougher for government officials on any level to strong-arm everyone else.

  3. Can't believe it ! on

    Taxing it back to the black market … Legal weed = taxation regulation and jail if you break the rules .. Hmm legal? .. Good job selling this BS to the public Anthony .. Your nothing but a crooked politician working for big marjuana ….

  4. William on

    While I agree with the thoughts above, reality must prevail.
    The Herculean task of achieving legal sale and consumption of MJ was accomplished largely because Oregon’s electorate was convinced of its significant tax revenue.
    Thus, state taxes on MJ are inescapable.
    That stated, there are numerous local politicians who would LOVE to sabotage the whole thing via extreme taxation.
    There’s a number of Oregon counties and cities where legalization remains unpopular with their Conservative citizenry.
    Excessive taxation of MJ could effectively cancel the statewide vote in those places, as well as provide a boost in votes for politicians of that ilk.

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