Marijuana Legalization: Oregon Lawmakers Will Be Asked To Decide Whether To Allow Local Pot Taxes

OREGON:  City officials seeking to levy local taxes on legal sales of marijuana in Oregon plan to take their fight to the state Legislature next year.

The League of Oregon Cities says it will ask legislators to amend the marijuana legalization measure passed by voters two weeks ago to explicitly allow local taxes being sought by at least 70 cities, including Portland and several of its suburban neighbors.

Sponsors of Measure 91 say they will fight the local taxes, which they argue could drive up the cost of legal marijuana to the point that it could encourage pot users to continue buying on the black market.

The fight over marijuana taxation is one of several thorny issues the Legislature may face next year following the passage of Measure 91.