In a landslide, Oakland voters yesterday made their city the nation's first to levy a special tax on medical marijuana, the Los Angeles Times reports. By an 80% margin, voters backed a tax of $18 on every $1,000 in pot sales, a move that may catch on in other cities. Currently, Oakland businesses pay $1.20 on every $1,000 in sales.
A city councilwoman says the move could bring in $1 million in revenue, though the city administrator puts the figure at $300,000. "Oakland will show that this can work if it's done right," says a seller. "There will be some cash-strapped areas that will use this to balance their budgets."