The 2014 Oregon Cannabis Tax Act
The state of Oregon has been at the forefront as the laws regarding the use of cannabis have changed across the nation. Not only were they among the first to legalize pot for medical use, they also made waves with total legalization.
Along with that legalization has come taxes. By charging a tax on the people involved in the process, the government is able to increase their funding for a wide range of services and projects throughout the state.
Since the first legalization for medical patients, the state has continued to alter their requirements in order to keep up with the changing atmosphere and needs. As the federal government sways on the subject, states must be prepared.
In addition to the state itself, the Oregon Cannabis Act of 2014 had a big impact on growers, distribution and users. This was one of the first steps in creating the legalized process of buying and selling marijuana that now takes place in many of the cities across the state.
Grow sites and distribution centers alike must undergo a great deal of scrutiny to ensure that the public is receiving a safe product that has been labeled according to the law.
While medical patients don’t have to pay taxes on the weed they purchase through distribution centers, recreational users do. However, it should be noted that medical patients must pay the government for their green card, as medical marijuana licenses are often referred to as.
In addition to the state approving tax collection for themselves, they also opened the way for cities and local governments to control how marijuana is handled in their communities.
For example, many of the rural areas across much of the state have people who are against the legalized distribution and use of marijuana. While some have chosen to ignore the issue, others actively block sales via county and city restrictions.
There are also many places that distribution centers cannot be set up. This includes shops that are within a certain distance from local schools. All businesses involving pot must stay hundreds of feet away from the children in the community, and always check identification when they do make sales.
Although the state originally had distribution centers keeping track of the recreational users that purchased pot, that changed when the federal government stance began to change. Today, the Oregon distribution centers do not collect any personal information about their customers to protect private citizens who are purchasing and smoking following the state guidelines.
Other states have followed in the footsteps of states like Oregon, Colorado and Washington. The trend is likely to continue as they realize that it is a waste of resources to go after pot smokers when there are much more serious issues that demand attention.
The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act of 2014 is one of the important legal acts that will go down in history as helping to transform public opinion and action toward a safer use of pot while freeing the police to focus on serious criminals.