FILE – In this June 26, 2015, file photo, different varieties of marijuana flowers are displayed at an Oregon medical marijuana dispensary. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File)
PORTLAND, Ore. —
The state of Oregon has been collecting a 20 percent tax on all marijuana sales since early 2016, and this week we’re learning how that revenue will be distributed across the state.
The state has collected $108.6 million in state and local taxes from early January 2016 through the end of August 2017.
After paying out $9.56 million to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the Department of Revenue will distribute 40 percent, or approximately $34 million to the School State Fund.
Twenty percent, or $17 million will be distributed to the mental health, alcoholism and drug services account. Oregon State Police will get 15 percent, or $12.75 million, and the Oregon Health Authority will get about 5 percent, or $4.25 million.
Cities and counties will get 10 percent each, about $17