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New Marijuana Bill Could Bring Tax Money to Cities

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RICHLAND, WA- The Liquor Control Board could potentially distribute a portion of taxes every three months to a "dedicated marijuana fund" through House Bill 1165.

State Representative Cary Condotta of East Wenatchee is sponsoring this bill that would give 20% of the 25% tax on retail marijuana sales straight back to the city or county where it was purchased.

Richland Mayor David Rose thinks a lot of cities and counties use the tax issue as an excuse to ban the sale of marijuana.

He said, "If it comes out to that, where the state allows or is going to allow the jurisdictions to share the distribution of taxes, then it's going to be interesting to see how many jurisdictions will ban it or stay banned."

Mayor Rose did vote for the retail sale of marijuana, although it has not passed in Richland. Rose said that people are going to smoke if they choose to regardless and that any tax money coming back to the cities or counties is beneficial.