Portland marijuana tax headed for November ballot
Portland voters will be asked to approve a 3 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales in the city limits at the November general election.
The ballot measure unanimously approved by the City Council on Wednesday would direct the money toward drug and alcohol treatment, public safety, and support for small businesses.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who introduced the measure, estimated it would raise $3 million a year.
The current state tax on recreational marijuana sales is 17 percent. Cities and counties have the option of enacting an additional 3 percent local tax.