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Voting on a potential vote: Josephine County looks for support to possibly tax pot grows

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Voting on a potential vote: Josephine County looks for support to possibly tax pot grows

Oregon counties are not allowed to tax the marijuana industry - it's a state tax. With so much production in southern Oregon, some counties are trying to change that.

"Until we get rid of the illegal side of it, it's going to be tough for the legal side to flourish," Josephine County Commissioner Chair Dan DeYoung said.

 

This year's Josephine County Ballot features Measure 17-88: Would voters support a cannabis tax if it were possible? DeYoung calls the tax essentially a business license fee as it would only be imposed on growers, not consumers......

 

....Josephine along with Jackson, Curry and Coos counties are trying to change the law in Salem to make this possible. This vote would provide data for commissioners to present to legislators when asked if the people support the idea......

 

 

 

https://ktvl.com/news/local/voting-on-a-potential-vote-josephine-county-looks-for-support-to-possibly-tax-pot-grows


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This tax would be put to the voters on the November 2019 ballot, if they can't change the law.

 

This is a terrible idea. Despite protests over what the gov did to OMMP, they are slowly killing it. Now it looks like the rec market is their next target imo. They completely change what M91 was. What we voted for and what we got were two different things with the changes they made.

 

 

"DeYoung calls the tax essentially a business license fee as it would only be imposed on growers, not consumers."

 

If I remember the basic economic 101, if the farmer all the way to dispensary has added costs/tax, they raise the price. In this since, yes this tax would raise the cost to the consumers either rec or medical more.

 

"Until we get rid of the illegal side of it, it's going to be tough for the legal side to flourish," Josephine County Commissioner Chair Dan DeYoung said. "

 

IMO the illegal growers don't have added fees/taxes and with more taxes that are possibly on the way, the legal side won't be allowed to flourish

 

"DeYoung believes the fund would help provide additional security and safety for the legal cannabis grows while deterring the illegal ones at the same time."

 

I don't see how with all their plans to fund other agencies. Our state gov did this to OMMP.  If anything this could drive the illegal market even further. Josephine Co commissioners don't want cannabis in their county, but want all the money it could make.


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