Marijuana taxes to be distributed



SALEM — The first distributions of state marijuana tax revenues — nearly $85 million — will be distributed by Wednesday (Oct. 11).

Between Jan. 4, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2017, the Department of Revenue collected $108.6 million in state and local marijuana taxes, of which $94.55 million was state marijuana taxes eligible for distribution.

Local taxes collected by the department on behalf of cities and counties are distributed to them quarterly.

Of the revenue, $9.56 million went to repaying the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s start-up costs and covering administrative costs for the Department of Revenue.

The remaining $85 million was distributed based on the recipients and formulas provided in House Bill 3470:

State School Fund (40 percent) — $34 million

Mental Health, Alcoholism, and Drug Services Account (20 percent) — $17 million

Oregon State Police (15 percent) — $12.75 million

Oregon Health Authority (5 percent) — $4.25 million

Cities (10 percent) and counties (10 percent) — $17 million

Distributions to cities and counties will use two formulas for calculating the amounts due to them: one for revenue collected before July 1, and the other for collections on or after that date.

Pre-July, revenue will be based on population. After July, other factors are considered, such as whether or not a city or county allows marijuana licenses of all types.



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