On a somewhat split vote, the Lincoln City City Council has decided not to tax medical marijuana. Earlier discussions before the council included objections from the public and medical marijuana vendors that under state law medical marijuana is a medicine and unless the council wanted to tax all medicine they should keep a level playing field and leave medical marijuana out of it. They say many medical marijuana patients are low income and higher costs hit them disproportionately harder.
The tax on recreational marijuana remained in the city ordinance which was enacted Monday afternoon. However, for the tax to take effect will require voter approval on legalization of recreational marijuana Tuesday evening.
City Councilors Sprague and Eggleton voted no – Sprague saying he won’t vote for something dealing with an activity that is banned by federal law. Eggleton voted no because, as he put it, “I’m a no new taxes guy.”
Councilors voting in favor of the recreational marijuana tax were Councilors Ryan, Noreikis, Quandt and Mayor Anderson. Councilor Gary Ellingson was absent.