For marijuana tax
We heard from various people in city governments about the Municipal League training and conference in Little Rock recently, a three day event.
And first of all, thanks to those who took the time away from the afairs at hand in order to get up to date on all the endless details which go into making a government run. Seriously. The details which go into municipal operations are endless, and taking the time to work it out is time invested in the communities served. Well done.
But one interesting thing which came from the event, reportedly covered in depth, and which has fueled conversations since then, is the marijuana tax. The first of next month is when medical marijuana becomes legal in Arkansas and with that we can expect dispensaries to pop up here and there. Certainly Van Buren County, with a major north-south artery running through it, can expect to be one of those places. Indeed, at the last two Clinton City Council meetings the Zoning Head told the council of his department being contacted by medical marijuana entities considering locating in the city.
With this in mind we need to work out a tax on marijuana, get it in the books, and, when the time comes, start collecting. It’s not that we expect this to be a cash cow, but we do expect this to be something to offset the overall falling revenues throughout the county. Since the anticipated sales volume numbers are not being talked about yet, how much of an offset remains to be seen, but at this point a little bit would make a big difference.
This, of course, presents that apparently this paper is in favor of medical marijuana being available in Van Buren County. Based on current understanding we are