City of Shasta Lake considering marijuana tax proposal

Apr 8, 2014 7:39 PM

One medical marijuana collective in the City of Shasta Lake wants to thank the city in a special way for keeping it in business.

Clients at the 530 Marijuana Collective might need to hand over a little more green come next year -- but it's all for a good cause, according to Jamie Kerr, the collective's CFO.

"They have no obligation to let us be here, and they're choosing to allow patients to have safe access in the City of Shasta Lake. Being activists, not just serving our own cause, but looking at what can we do to better the community that houses us..."

Jamie wants to charge a general tax on the medical marijuana sold in her collective, where 100% of the revenue would go to the City of Shasta Lake.

"Out of the 7.5% that the state requires we collect, only 1% of that goes to the City of Shasta Lake."

Her collective won't benefit from the proposed tax -- but the city will.

"...they would like to have a 6% to 10% tax on the collective sales within the City of Shasta Lake...the approximate total revenue would be between $120,000 and $200,000."

City Council members this morning met with the Marijuana Collective and Cultivation Committee to decide if the proposed tax will make it onto the November ballot.

"Once a general tax is initiated, it comes into the city's general fund and can be used for any type of project."

The City of Shasta Lake already charges businesses a 7.5% sales tax -- but Jamie hopes her clients can see the benefit of the additional proposed tax.

"We are aware and sympathetic that not every patient is going to agree with this, however we do feel it is important to give back to our community..."

She's definitely got one guy's vote -- he's wearing his 530 Collective sweatshirt even in 80 degree weather.

"I wouldn't have any problem with it, I would actually see it doing more for the community so I think that would be a good thing."

Today's meeting concluded with the City Council moving forward with the proposal; if the proposal makes it onto the November ballot, it would need 51% voter approval before it can go into effect.


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