WASHINGTON: Almost 100 mayors from across the state are urging state lawmakers turn over a portion of legal marijuana tax revenues to cities to pay for local law enforcement and other costs arising from the new law.
In a letter sent to Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders, the mayors — including Seattle’s Ed Murray — say that cities will be responsible for enforcing the new pot law and deserve a cut of $190 million in new tax revenues the state expects to collect in the next four years.
The mayors did not ask for a specific amount, but stressed that they needed a share of the taxes to carry out duties from overseeing permitting to policing drugged driving. Sharing some of the tax revenues with cities is a “matter of common sense and fairness,” they said.