OREGON: The Ashland City Council approved taxing medical and recreational marijuana and adopted regulations governing the location and operations of medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday night.
The council authorized a tax of up to five percent on sales of medical marijuana, plus a tax of up to 10 percent on recreational marijuana sales. Councilors will set specific tax rates at a future meeting.
“We need to do this to position our community smartly,” Councilor Rich Rosenthal said.
Oregon voters are likely to see a recreational marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot. The state previously legalized medical marijuana dispensaries if they meet a host of state regulations. Cities are allowed to impose additional regulations of their own.