Albany to Vote on Recreational Pot Ban in November

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marijuanaThe Albany City Council has decided to give Linn County’s voters another chance in deciding whether or not they want the town to continue to ban sales of recreational pot.

Come Nov. 8, Albany’s ballot will ask the city whether it “should prohibit recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers.” A “yes” vote on the ballot will assert that the ban stays in place, while a “no” will lift the ban, allow recreational sales, and add an additional 3% tax to all such sales in the area.

All Oregon cities that decided to allow marijuana sales in 2014 by voting in favor of Measure 91 already have a 10% tax secured on recreational trade, which is in turn used by each city to maintain drug-related law enforcement. Oregon lawmakers made sure, however, that for cities that didn’t want recreational pot to be sold in stores—or just didn’t want their citizens to have to deal with the 10% tax—the decision of whether or not to sell it would be up to the public. In Linn County, 53% of voters rejected the measure—a number just high enough to secure the ban, which is currently in place.

Though Oregon’s decision to legalize recreational pot is old news, there are actually more than 100 areas in the state where you still can’t buy weed at the store.

The 3% tax increase associated with recreational pot will not be required for medical buyers, but the fact that it will be added onto the already required 10% means Albany’s decision may likely be one in favor of continuing the ban indefinitely.

Currently, only medical weed sales are permitted in Albany, though citizens are still allowed to grow and use recreational pot at home.

By Kiki Genoa

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