CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Central Point City Council passed a second reading of an ordinance on Thursday night that will tax medical and recreational marijuana. Even though the mayor and city councilors have made it very clear that they don’t want any form of marijuana anywhere in Central Point.
In a unanimous vote, Central Point City Council will now have a five percent sales tax on medical marijuana, and 10 percent sales tax on recreational.
This is an ordinance put in place as a safety net if voters pass a ballot measure in November for the legalization of recreational marijuana. A referendum on the ballot prohibits cities from taxing recreational pot if it is passed, so many cities are putting the tax in place now.
However, many people oppose taxation of medical marijuana, saying that other medicines and prescriptions are not taxed in the state. To that argument, Mayor Hank Williams cited information from the recent Oregon Mayor’s Conference.
“The typical marijuana cardholder is 24 years old suffering from stress. So the medical marijuana, I feel is being abused substantially, and it’s going to cause problems just like the recreational will,” said Mayor Williams.
Now that it’s passed the second reading, the marijuana tax will take effect in Central Point in 30 days.