In Fruita, voters tax pot before it arrives
FRUITA, Colo – A small western Colorado town that doesn’t have a medical marijuana dispensary has become the first in Colorado to levy a city tax on pot.
Voters in Fruita, a town of about 11,000, decided Tuesday to impose a 5 percent sales tax on marijuana.
How much will the tax raise? Well, nothing yet. The town has no dispensaries that sell marijuana, though an application is pending. City leaders said they wanted to be ready with a tax source in case the dispensary opens and requires city resources such as additional police patrol.
The tax passed 1,533 to 936. Already dispensaries pay a 2.9 percent state sales tax, though Colorado officials aren’t sure exactly how much comes from the sale of pot.