Oregon considers 20 percent tax on retail marijuana

Medical marijuana patients would not be charged the tax

In this photo taken Tuesday, May 5, 2015, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
In this photo taken Tuesday, May 5, 2015, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Legislature is considering imposing up to a 20 percent sales tax on retail sales of marijuana once it becomes available to consumers.

Proposed amendments to a bill (HB 2041) allowing localities to prohibit marijuana facilities within 1,000 feet of schools would impose a 17 percent state tax on retail sales of marijuana products, from buds to candies.

The latest amendments to the main bill (HB 3400) laying out regulations for legal marijuana in Oregon under the ballot measure enacted by voters last fall would allow cities and counties to charge a 3 percent tax, if local voters approve.

The sales taxes would take the place of taxes imposed on growers under the original terms of Measure 91.

Medical marijuana patients would not be charged the tax.

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