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Oregon Cities Weigh Local Pot Taxes Ahead of November Vote


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Many cities in Oregon are considering local taxes on recreational marijuana, and a handful have already approved local pot taxes, ahead of the November election when voters will consider Measure 91 (pdf). That’s the measure that would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

The statewide measure does not allow local jurisdictions to create their own taxes on pot, however, and the cities that are looking at this issue are hoping that provision will change — especially if they pass their tax measures ahead of the November vote. Cities argue that they need the extra revenue for additional public services that will be necessary if recreational marijuana becomes legal.

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