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Lawmakers Advance Bill That Would Allow Higher Marijuana Taxes

Brian Bull

The Oregon Senate voted Wednesday to advance a measure that would allow cities and counties to more-than-triple their marijuana tax, from three percent to as high as 10 percent.


Supporters, including Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, said the extra revenue is needed to help pay for the cost of regulating businesses that sell cannabis. 

“We’ve heard from testimony (that) cities and counties are feeling the impact of this burgeoning industry," she said. "And this measure would help to offset some of that cost.” 

Under Senate Bill 864, local voters would have to approve any increase to a city or county’s marijuana tax under the bill.



The Senate approved the measure 23-to-6. It now heads to the Oregon House.


Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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