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Oregon Has Collected More Than $40 Million In Pot Taxes

 A panel of Oregon lawmakers will consider changes to the voter-approved law that legalized marijuana in the state.
Austin Jenkins
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Northwest News Network
A panel of Oregon lawmakers will consider changes to the voter-approved law that legalized marijuana in the state.

Marijuana retailers began collecting a 25 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales starting in January. That money is adding up quickly.

According to the latest figures from the state Department of Revenue, Oregon has collected more than $40 million in taxes on recreational pot through the end of September. After administrative costs, the money will be divided among schools, law enforcement and drug treatment programs.

The state tax on recreational pot will soon drop to 17 percent in many places. But local governments are allowed to add their own 3 percent tax on top of that.

Voters in more than 100 cities and counties around Oregon will decide in November whether to do just that.

Copyright 2016 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.