House Revenue - 02.02.2023
On Thursday, the House Revenue Committee held a hearing on a proposal to divert marijuana tax revenues to local governments and the state police. In 2020, Measure 110 drastically reduced the amount of funds distributed to localities and the state police, eliminating roughly $80 million in money governments use for public safety and other crucial services. HB 2089 intends to restore selective revenue losses from that initiative. The measure is understandably controversial. In 2014 and 2020, Oregonians gave conflicting orders to the legislature over how to manage recreational marijuana and drug treatment, and the legislature now needs to balance those interests.