Marijuana taxes on Oregon ballots: 110 wins, 0 losses

Recreational marijuana taxes were on the ballot in 110 Oregon localities on November 8. Every single tax measure won voter approval (http://gov.oregonlive.com/election/2016/general/marijuana-results/).

I skimmed the results to make sure all 110 measures won. The lowest margin I saw was 64.0%; the highest, 90.6%.

These were all low taxes: localities can add only a 3 percent retail excise tax. That’s not enough to drive many consumers to a competing locality nearby. And it’s likely that that competing locality will have a marijuana excise tax of its own. So leakage was a minor concern.

But what politician wouldn’t like to be as popular with voters as marijuana tax in Oregon?  Meanwhile, 79 local ballot measures to ban marijuana sales won or lost non-overwhelmingly

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Author: patoglesby

From 1982 to 1990, I worked in tax policy for Committees of the United States Congress. In recent years, I was Adjunct Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Business School and then Adjunct Professor at its Law School.

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