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New Year, new changes to Oregon’s recreational marijuana law

Posted: Updated: Jan 02, 2016 12:50 AM
Seven grams of marijuana flower at Shango on Friday. Seven grams of marijuana flower at Shango on Friday.
3.5 grams of marijuana flower at Shango on Friday. 3.5 grams of marijuana flower at Shango on Friday.
Shango Hillsboro owner Adrian Perte. Shango Hillsboro owner Adrian Perte.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

As we ring in 2016, the New Year also means new changes for Oregon’s recreational marijuana law.

Starting Monday, January 4, customers will pay a mandatory 25 percent tax.  Also on Monday, the state will start accepting license applications for retailers, growers, producers and processors.

The tax revenue will fund various state programs: 40 percent will go to schools, 20 percent to mental health, alcoholism and drug services, 15 percent to Oregon State Police, 10 percent to cities for local law enforcement, 10 percent to counties for local law enforcement and 5 percent for alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs.

“Nobody wants to pay 25 percent, but it is a good thing,” dispensary owner Adrian Perte told Fox 12.  “It’s going to help our schools, it’s going to help our economy.  We need that boost to really help other sections of Oregon.”

Perte owns the Hillsboro Shango location, a medical marijuana dispensary that also sells to recreational customers.

He said business has picked up by 30 to 40 percent in the last week or two, which he estimated to be a combination of the holidays and anticipation of the upcoming tax.

“I did have a lot of people say we’re going to buy as much as we can to get ready for the taxation,” he said.

Nothing will change for medical marijuana patients on the 4th – they do not have to pay the recreational tax.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the agency that regulates recreational pot, estimates it will take in $10.7 million in marijuana tax revenue in the 2015-2017 budget cycle.

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