How Cannabis Taxes Work in Oregon
State tax on retail sales
Local tax on retail sales
Tax on wholesale transactions
How is the tax rate on cannabis determined in Oregon?
Can the tax rate change?
Impacts of Cannabis Taxes in Oregon
How are these taxes used?
The Common School Fund
Mental Health, Alcoholism, and Drug Services Account
State Police Account
Local Government Distributions
Oregon Health Authority Account
Statewide Behavioral Health Services
- In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the state collected $60.2 million in cannabis tax revenue.
- In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the state collected $82 million in cannabis tax revenue.
- In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the state collected $102.4 million in cannabis tax revenue.
- In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the state collected $133.8 million in cannabis tax revenue.
What has cannabis tax revenue funded?
- The Oregon Health Authority has funded a campaign to educate youth and adults about the risks of cannabis use. This includes the effects on the developing brain and the dangers of driving while under the influence of cannabis.
- The OLCC has partnered with the Oregon Department of Education to provide training and resources to teachers and school administrators on cannabis and its effects.
- The OLCC uses cannabis tax revenue to fund investigations and enforcement actions against illicit cannabis operations in the state.
- The Oregon State Police have received funding to buy equipment and technology to detect impaired driving, including drug recognition experts and breath testing devices.
Mental health and addiction services:
- The Oregon Health Authority has used cannabis tax revenue to support community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.
- The OLCC has partnered with the Oregon Health Authority to provide grants to local health departments and community organizations to support substance abuse prevention and treatment.
- The City of Portland has used cannabis tax revenue to create a grant program to support small businesses in the cannabis industry, including dispensaries, processors, and cultivators.
- The Oregon Department of Agriculture has received funding to support research on hemp and the development of new hemp-based products.
- The Oregon Health Authority has used cannabis tax revenue to fund the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, which provides access to medical cannabis for qualifying patients.
- The OLCC has partnered with the Oregon Health Authority to provide funding for research on the effects of cannabis on health and wellness.
Negative effects of tax rates
Impact on small businesses
Reduced revenue for the state
Stigmatization of cannabis
Oregon’s Tax Rates vs Other Legal States
How you can make a difference in Oregon
Contact your local legislators
Attend legislative hearings
Join advocacy groups
Submit written testimony
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