Cities and States Debate How to Divide Marijuana Tax Revenue

In the four states where recreational marijuana is legal, local and state governments are figuring out how to divide the tax revenue, NPR reports.

Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon have approved recreational marijuana sales. Under Oregon’s law, passed in November, cities will receive 10 percent of tax revenues when sales begin next year. City leaders are already arguing they should get a larger share.

Scott Winkels, a lobbyist with the League of Oregon Cities, says that when marijuana becomes more available, cities will have to deal with negative consequences, such as drugged driving or responding to neighbor complaints of marijuana odors. “When that smoke comes wafting over the fence and somebody’s upset that their kids are smelling it, who’s going to take that call? It’s going to be your local government,” he said.

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