City of Portland Mulling a $1,500 Weed Business Permit

Portland City Hall still doesn't know whether the Oregon Legislature will allow it to levy a 10-percent sales tax on marijuana. 

But city officials are already considering another way to pay for local marijuana regulation: a $1,500 permit to operate a pot business in Portland.

city budget document shows officials in theOffice of Neighborhood Involvement still aren't sure if such a permit is allowed underMeasure 91, which legalizes recreational weed. But they are planning to make the price steep.

"ONI is continuing to work with the City Attorney and the Office of Government Relations on what the city may be able to do locally due to the preemption language," the City Budget Office report says. "The bureau has noted that if it is able to do a non-regulatory permit, then the fees would have to be relatively high to offset program costs—possibly $1,500 or moreper permit."

That charge would be nearly 15 times what...

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