The Blue Mountain Eagle reports
Soon 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, mainly because state law demands a pot tax to go to the voters in the course of a statewide common election.
In a 2019 press release, District Lawyer Jim Carpenter stated that “scrutiny by the Blue Mountain Eagle brought the challenge 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 shoppers in the course of the final quarter of 2018.
“The retailer, in great faith, believed there was a tax and was desirous of providing back to the neighborhood per the earlier campaign to let recreational marijuana sales inside the county,” Carpenter stated.
The county, stated Carpenter, necessary an ordinance to acquire the taxes, and with the year coming to a close, they had been operating out of time, so they passed the ordinance.
The issue 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 create more than $one hundred,000 in income annually.
“It’d be definitely substantial, she stated. “I imply, that is a important quantity of cash for a neighborhood this tiny.”
Meanwhile, Olson stated the dispensary has voluntarily held the cash back and donated to numerous neighborhood applications, from four-H to the wrestling group.
“I have a large chalk wall in my workplace, that is from floor to ceiling,” she stated. “And I just donate to all types of stuff. We get to opt for 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 persons who will be taxed are these acquiring marijuana merchandise.
“It’s a user tax,” he stated. “So no one particular else is obligated to spend any of that tax. Only specific persons spend it. No one particular will ever have to spend a pot tax right here locally at least for now unless they’re obtaining merchandise.”