San Jose nets $290K from taxing pot

Let’s look at the numbers…

  • 1 month
  • 73 pot collectives
  • 7 percent tax
  • $290,000

According to the San Jose Mercury News, a San Jose Councilman, who pushed voters to approve the tax measure last November, said…

if tax payments continue at the same level, the city would reap about $3.4 million a year from the levy.

“The new revenue collected has the potential to cover approximately 17 to 18 police officers or three libraries year-round,” (Councilman Pierluigi) Oliverio said.


On the North Coast, Mendocino County officials seem to have been the most creative so far in leveraging pot to help with the budget. Here’s a partial round-up of those and other money-raising efforts:

Mendo DA’s idea: pay $50-per-plant to law enforcement and a felony gets knocked down to a misdemeanor.

Mendo sheriff’s $6,000 pot permit fees.

Sonoma County’s permit controversy.

Tax opportunity causing Petaluma officials to rethink ban.

State says pot shops must collect sales tax.