The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Business Session voted unanimously to tax marijuana and marijuana products during a second reading and adoption of the ordinance.
The first reading was held on Oct. 1 and the ordinance is an attempt by the commissioners to be grandfathered into the taxation of marijuana if it is legalized by Measure 91 on the November Ballot. Under the ordinance, both recreational and medical marijuana will be taxed at 10 percent.
Members of the audience were on both sides of the issue. Some voiced their concern for the increased taxation of marijuana that will drive marijuana users to purchase from the black market. In response, Commissioner Cherryl Walker said that a black market will always exist as long as marijuana is illegal anywhere in the United States or neighboring countries. Others felt the commissionerís foresight was necessary to bring more revenue to the county.
Commissioner Simon Hare brought up the question placed on the November Ballot by the county that will ask citizens if they feel the county should tax marijuana. He said that if citizens vote no on that question he would be for repealing the ordinance.
The marijuana taxation ordinance will not affect industrial hemp.
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