A Portland, Ore., suburb is considering putting a sales tax on recreational marijuana while it’s still illegal in hopes of getting a cut of the revenue if voters pass a measure allowing its recreational use in November.
The city of Ashaland, Oregon has already approved a sales tax on marijuana, and the Hillsboro city council will vote next week to decide whether to tax 10 percent of the gross sale amount paid for all non-medical marijuana products.
The municipalities are on a time crunch to okay any taxes before November, and there’s no guarantee they’d stick.: “Measure 91 states that the state has sole taxing authority on marijuana,” Hillsboro spokesman Patrick Preston told The Washington Post in an e-mail. “If it passes, it would be difficult, if not impossible for Hillsboro to approve a local marijuana sales tax after Measure 91 takes effect.”
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