The Blue Mountain Eagle reports
Just after passing an emergency ordinance in 2018 to tax pot sales, Grant County officials returned $five,000 final year to Rocky Mountain Dispensary, the county’s sole marijuana retailer, simply because state law demands a pot tax to go to the voters for the duration of a statewide common election.
In a 2019 press release, District Lawyer Jim Carpenter stated that “scrutiny by the Blue Mountain Eagle brought the problem to light, causing a reconsideration of the legality of the ordinance.”
Carpenter stated Rocky Mountain Dispensary had been collecting a recreational marijuana tax from its buyers for the duration of the final quarter of 2018.
“The retailer, in fantastic faith, believed there was a tax and was desirous of providing back to the neighborhood per the earlier campaign to permit recreational marijuana sales inside the county,” Carpenter stated.
The county, stated Carpenter, necessary an ordinance to obtain the taxes, and with the year coming to a close, they have been operating out of time, so they passed the ordinance.
The difficulty was that the ordinance did not refer the tax measure to voters for approval, as essential by state law.
Haley Olson of Rocky Mountain Dispensary stated she estimates that the tax would produce more than $one hundred,000 in income annually.
“It’d be actually substantial, she stated. “I imply, that is a important quantity of dollars for a neighborhood this little.”
Meanwhile, Olson stated the dispensary has voluntarily held the dollars back and donated to numerous neighborhood applications, from four-H to the wrestling group.
“I have a substantial chalk wall in my workplace, that is from floor to ceiling,” she stated. “And I just donate to all sorts of stuff. We get to pick exactly where it goes.”
She stated the only organization that has refused a donation has been the Grant County Sheriff’s Workplace Search and Rescue.
County Judge Scott Myers stated what he likes about the pot tax is that the only folks who will be taxed are these buying marijuana solutions.
“It’s a user tax,” he stated. “So no 1 else is obligated to spend any of that tax. Only unique folks spend it. No 1 will ever have to spend a pot tax right here locally at least for now unless they’re obtaining solutions.”