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Oregon Cities Consider Taxes On Recreational Marijuana

A number of Oregon cities are considering imposing their own local taxes on legal marijuana sales.
A number of Oregon cities are considering imposing their own local taxes on legal marijuana sales.

Some Oregon cities are setting themselves up for a possible legal battle if Oregon voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative this fall.

A number of Oregon cities are considering imposing their own local taxes on legal marijuana sales.
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A number of Oregon cities are considering imposing their own local taxes on legal marijuana sales.

Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

Several cities have approved or are discussing a local tax on legal weed if the measure passes. But it's not clear whether those taxes will be valid.

The ballot measure is written in such a way as to preempt local taxes on recreational marijuana. But cities are hoping that by passing a tax on legal pot before the ballot measure passes that they'll be grandfathered in and that that prohibition on local taxes would not apply to them.

Of course, marijuana would be taxed at the state level in any case if this ballot measure passes

More than a half-dozen Oregon cities are in various stages of implementing a tax on recreational marijuana. Those include Ashland, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Springfield, Tigard and Portland.

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Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.