County Board approves marijuana sales tax vote for November ballot

From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4272

Media and Interested Parties

On July 19, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners approved moving forward with placing a 3 percent sales tax on marijuana items on the November ballot.

If enacted, the sales tax would just apply to recreational marijuana items sold in unincorporated Clackamas County. The 3 percent tax would add to the 17 percent state tax already in place (for a total of 20 percent). Based on state law, the tax would apply to "marijuana, cannabinoid products, cannabinoid concentrates and cannabinoid extracts."

If approved by voters, the tax would take effect in January 2017.

The board plans to spend the tax revenue for code enforcement, law enforcement, addiction treatment, and related public health and safety needs.

In late 2015, the board finalized new land use regulations allowing marijuana businesses to conduct retail, wholesale, processing, and production/growing activities in various designated zones. The ordinance included requirements for marijuana businesses on a variety of time, place and manner issues, including odor, lighting, minimum lot sizes, security, waste management, minimum separation distances, water, access and hours. Details about the ballot measure are available in the board's July 19 policy session packet.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Ellen Rogalin at 503-742-4274.