The Blue Mountain Eagle reports
Following 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, due to the fact state law calls for a pot tax to go to the voters throughout a statewide common election.
In a 2019 press release, District Lawyer Jim Carpenter mentioned that “scrutiny by the Blue Mountain Eagle brought the challenge to light, causing a reconsideration of the legality of the ordinance.”
Carpenter mentioned Rocky Mountain Dispensary had been collecting a recreational marijuana tax from its buyers throughout 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 enable recreational marijuana sales inside the county,” Carpenter mentioned.
The county, mentioned Carpenter, required an ordinance to obtain the taxes, and with the year coming to a close, they had 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 necessary by state law.
Haley Olson of Rocky Mountain Dispensary mentioned she estimates that the tax would produce more than $one hundred,000 in income annually.
“It’d be actually substantial, she mentioned. “I imply, that is a considerable quantity of funds for a neighborhood this little.”
Meanwhile, Olson mentioned the dispensary has voluntarily held the funds back and donated to a variety of neighborhood applications, from four-H to the wrestling group.
“I have a big chalk wall in my workplace, that is from floor to ceiling,” she mentioned. “And I just donate to all sorts of stuff. We get to decide on exactly where it goes.”
She mentioned the only organization that has refused a donation has been the Grant County Sheriff’s Workplace Search and Rescue.
County Judge Scott Myers mentioned what he likes about the pot tax is that the only persons who will be taxed are these getting marijuana solutions.
“It’s a user tax,” he mentioned. “So no one particular else is obligated to spend any of that tax. Only distinct persons spend it. No one particular will ever have to spend a pot tax right here locally at least for now unless they’re shopping for solutions.”