Oregon’s recreational marijuana consumers, at least those who opt to shop in dispensaries, seem to be taking a new state sales tax in stride, many dispensary owners say.
On Jan. 1, after a three-month tax holiday, Oregon imposed a 25 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana sales. The tax will eventually be replaced with a 17 percent state tax once the Oregon Liquor Control Commission assumes control over recreational marijuana sales later this year.
Matt Price, who owns a chain of dispensaries called Cannabliss, said some customers have shrugged off the tax. “And then,” he said, “we have people that say they would rather go back to their ‘guy,’ so to speak, and walk out.”
At Glisan Buds and Foster Buds, general manager Nathan Krytenberg took the radical step of absorbing the tax. Krytenberg is betting on his “strategic decision” to generate enough additional sales to cover the added cost. [Read more at the Portland Oregonian]
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