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Engage with Lane County. by Pat Farr

 

Tell the County Commissioners what you think!  Here’s a way to let Pete Sorenson, Faye Stewart, Jay Bozievich, Sid Leiken and me know exactly what you think.  Without a three-minute time limit!  Engage with Lane County here.

Board of Lane County Commissioners, Faye Stewart, Pat Farr, Sid Leiken, Jay Bozievich and Pete Sorenson

Board of Lane County Commissioners, Faye Stewart, Pat Farr, Sid Leiken, Jay Bozievich and Pete Sorenson

Commissioners and County Administrator Steve Mokrohiski WILL READ WHAT YOU WRITE.  Some things to ponder:

  • Sick leave ordinances
  • Marijuana taxes
  • Strategic planning
  • Public safety
  • Health and Human Services
  • Land use
  • Roads and bridges
  • Parks
  • Animal Services
  • The economy and jobs

 

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People sound off about marijuana sales and taxes. By Pat Farr

 

I am looking for input on the ballot question regarding legal selling of marijuana, and if it becomes legal for sale, should it be taxed (see Lane County’s draft ordinance here).  You can send me a message here.

Most responses are:  if it's legal to sell marijuana, then YES, tax it...

Most responses are: if it’s going to be legal to sell marijuana for “recreational” use, then YES, tax it…

 

Here are some of the early (unedited) responses I have received.  There will be more:

Well everything else is taxed, why shouldn’t marijuana be if it’s legalized? That’s not “looking for ways to penalize”. That is simply treating it equally like everything else.

Honestly, I think legalizing marijuana and taxing it makes sense to me.

Legal and taxed. Diversified revenue streams!

Yes pass it. Yes tax it. Yes control the distribution.

I don’t believe marijuana should be legal but if a majority of people disagree with me then I do believe it should be taxed.

I was having a conversation about this last night with folks, talking about the new job, where I’ll be working alone in the woods a lot…and we realized that since I’ll be in Washington, there’s probably much less chance of me walking into illegal marijuana grows than there has been here and in California. Which is something to think about, given the new data out about how much damage illegal grow sites do to salmon and other fisheries (water comes out of creeks, mud goes in — I can find the article if you’re curious).

I don’t use, myself, and have no interest in doing so, but it’s pretty clear marijuana prohibition hasn’t worked and that the consequences of the current illegal market are bad for our forests. That being the case, I think it makes sense to create a regulated legal market so we can reduce the damage being done by illegal operations.

Well by that argument clearly our prohibition on cocaine, crack, herion, pcp, LSD, and most definitely meth haven’t worked. Should we just legalize all of those too?

Yes, legalized and taxed.

I’m pretty sure nobody’s growing cocaine in the woods in Oregon. And as far as I can tell, the anti-meth measures in Oregon haven’t done anything but make it harder for me to buy effective cold medicine, so I’m not sure what I think about that

My feeling is that the mexican Cartels will suffer from one less trafficked substance across our border.

Legal yes. Taxed, but not so much that a black market is more affordable.

I just can’t even believe this is a question! I can’t support something that has been illegal, that we’ve lost so many police officers because of, so much heartache has been caused by and now it’s to be legal? Oh no, I can’t support this!

I really wanted to speak about this, but….realizing that this City ( which we share) will never be able to be in control of any illegalities and/or legalities. I’ve seen hardly any improvements from the day I moved to Eugene in general and this was 25 years ago. The whole thing is all about money and we, the Tax payers have to continue to bleed, one way or another!

Idaho anyone?

For sure!

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO. We are asking for nothing but trouble if we legalize this stuff

Want to clarify that I favor legalizing pot.

Pat, I normally don’t comment unless people ask so here goes. If the measure passes, every agency will look to this as a new untapped revenue source. There will be lots of reasons attached to the proposals about needed revenue for public safety and all the consequences. I believe some of this may be true, but my feeling is most officials are just looking for more money or a way to penalize the legalization of marijuana.

Well everything else is taxed, why shouldn’t marijuana be if it’s legalized? That’s not “looking for ways to penalize”. That is simply treating it equally like everything else.

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An ordinance to tax recreational marijuana sales in Lane County. by Pat Farr

 

Allow recreational marijuana sales and use in Oregon or not?  Tax recreational marijuana sales in Lane County or not?

Ballot measure 91 would allow for the sale and recreational use of marijuana products in Oregon.  Lane County ordinance 14-16 (draft) would tax it.

Ballot measure 91 would allow for the sale and recreational use of marijuana products in Oregon. Lane County ordinance 14-16 (draft) would tax it.

This morning, October 7 2014, Lane County”s Board of Commissioners passed a first reading and authorized a second reading and public hearing regarding taxing recreational marijuana sales in Lane County.

The motion that passed 4-1 (Bozievich, Leiken, Stewart and Farr, yes; Sorenson, no) was pertaining to this agenda item:

FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE 14-16/ In the Matter of Establishing a Tax on the Sale of Marijuana and Marijuana-Infused Products in Lane County (Relating to Measure 91).

The public hearing has been set for October 21 at 1:30 pm in Harris Hall.  This gives the public an opportunity to weigh in on the upcoming decision by County Commissioners whether to tax marijuana sales in Lane County should Oregon Ballot Measure 91 pass on November 4 of this year.

The draft ordinance can be read here.

You can read about Oregon’s Ballot Measure 91 here.

Between now and October 21 you can let Commissioners know how you feel.  Send comments to me before October 20, 2014 and I will pass them along to the other commissioners via public email.  pat.farr@co.lane.or.us

There is a robust ongoing discussion regarding the social and budgetary impacts of the passage of such laws.  Stay tuned, and please weigh in.

 

Shall Lane County tax marijuana? by Pat Farr

 

TAXING POT IN LANE COUNTY?  Let me know what you think:  pat.farr@co.lane.or.us 

There are public hearings and possible referral to a “second reading” regarding marijuana and marijuana-infused products taxation at the Board of County Commissioners meeting today, October 7 2014.

6.  COUNTY COUNSEL

  1.       FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE 14-14/ In the Matter of Establishing a Tax on the Sale of Marijuana and       Marijuana-Infused Products in Lane County. (Second Reading and Public Hearing 10/27/14) (Stephen Dingle, County Counsel, Sara Chinske, Management Analyst) (estimated 20 minutes
  2.        FIRST READING AND SETTING SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE 14-16/ In the Matter of Establishing a Tax on the Sale of Marijuana and Marijuana-Infused Products in Lane County (Relating to Measure 91).  (Stephen Dingle, County Counsel, Sara Chinske, Management Analyst) (estimated 20 minutes)

Second reading is where further deliberation and possible ordinance passage occurs.

Go here to see the full agenda and links to relating material.

Pat Farr, Chair,

Lane County

Board of Commissioners

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