Grants Pass City Council to Discuss Imposing a Marijuana Tax

Marijuana products in dispensaries could get pricier. That's because the Grants Pass City Council is thinking about adding a three percent tax to all marijuana products sold in stores.

Posted: May 14, 2018 6:22 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Marijuana products in dispensaries could get pricier. That's because the Grants Pass City Council is thinking about adding a three percent tax to all marijuana products sold in stores. The tax would only affect three dispensaries in Grants Pass since only three technically fall in city limits. This is not the first time marijuana products in Grants Pass dispensaries would see a tax. In fact, the Grants Pass City Attorney said there used to be a 10 percent tax on those products a few years ago. That's until the state changed the law.

“The State legislature enacted new legislation that said local governments could not have a local tax on marijuana other than a tax of up to 3% and it must be enacted by voters," City Attorney, Mark Bartholomew said.

Right now, if you were to walk into a Grants Pass dispensary and buy something, customers would pay a 17 percent state tax. The Grants Pass City Council is discussing whether or not to add an additional three percent tax. Bartholomew said this tax could bring in thousands of dollars a year.

"The numbers are proprietary since they would directly reflect on business volume. However, we think it would be in order of about $15,000-$25,000 per retail store," Bartholomew said.

That comes out to between $45,000 and $75,000. Justin Shier is the co-owner of Forward Cannabis. He's all for a tax.

"I think it is good thing. I think with the stigma that's associated with cannabis the city kind of went out on a limb to let us operate here and I think that was in hopes to provide a positive impact on the community. I think within cannabis we are helping a lot of people but I think this is a better way in a more official capacity to provide for the community and I'm all for it," Shier added.

Ryan Stickler with Southern Oregon Cannabis Connection said customers don't want to pay more for their marijuana. He thinks if people knew what that money would fund, then they would support it.

"I think if you made it more tangible for people to see where exactly that money is going and see something actually change. It’s easy to have a broken road and until someone is going to have it fixed with said money and not see that broken road fixed. But if you see that broken road fixed and there's no potholes, than that's tangible," Stickler added.

Bartholomew said the city council would determine if those funds would go somewhere specific or to a general fund. If City Council decides to impose a tax, voters would be the ones to ultimately vote on for or against a tax in the November 2018 election.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 154878

Reported Deaths: 2206
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31824528
Washington21099212
Marion18373285
Clackamas13328175
Lane10200126
Jackson8315111
Umatilla763982
Deschutes593459
Yamhill376764
Linn357756
Malheur334458
Polk303942
Klamath278455
Douglas244754
Josephine232849
Benton232516
Jefferson195128
Coos144019
Union128119
Columbia124821
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106429
Morrow104614
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6507
Curry4246
Tillamook4142
Lake3746
Harney2736
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3559311

Reported Deaths: 51794
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118923221241
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2860772783
Orange2607213982
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1102371777
Kern102627811
Fresno950151422
Sacramento929611464
Alameda802791241
Ventura77395834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55887946
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38872515
San Francisco34138398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano30024164
Merced28915395
Sonoma28004298
Imperial26855589
Kings21951218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15414209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12787185
Shasta10969174
Butte10922160
El Dorado9095100
Napa899869
Sutter884597
San Benito575259
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada394074
Mendocino379643
Amador344841
Humboldt318033
Lake314140
Glenn221923
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Medford
Mostly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 42°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
51° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 51°
Medford
Mostly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 28° Lo: 13°
Feels Like: 42°
Medford
Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 42°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 25°
Drying out and warming up
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events