The municipalities are on a time crunch to okay any taxes before November, and there’s no guarantee they’d stick. Measure 91 only allows the state to tax marijuana, so local governments are hoping they’ll be able to get their taxes grandfathered in if they pass them now.
“Measure 91 states that the state has sole taxing authority on marijuana,” Hillsboro spokesman Patrick Preston told The Washington Post in an e-mail. “If it passes, it would be difficult, if not impossible for Hillsboro to approve a local marijuana sales tax after Measure 91 takes effect.”
According to a May poll conducted for Oregon Public Broadcasting, 43 percent of Oregonians support legalizing marijuana while 51 percent oppose it.