ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Multiple municipalities in St. Charles County as well as the county government itself want voters to approve local sales taxes on recreational marijuana. However, there is controversy about just how many taxes can be added in some areas.
Voters will likely decide this issue in the upcoming April 4election. Recreational marijuana sales became legal in Missouri earlier this month.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that leaders in St. Peters, O’Fallon, Cottleville, Wentzville, and Lake St. Louis along with the St. Charles County government are all asking voters to approve a 3% local sales tax on recreational marijuana sales in the April election.
That local tax would be in addition to the 6% state sales tax on recreational marijuana, which was in the constitutional amendment approved by voters last November.
There is an ongoing legal battle about whether the new amendment allows a county to impose a tax on recreational marijuana in municipalities that are also imposing a local sales tax. That is known as ‘stacking’ taxes and could result in people paying 12% in sales taxes in some communities for recreational marijuana.
Asking voters to approve extra taxes for recreational marijuana is coming up a lot. In fact, the post reports that at least 70 counties across Missouri want voters to green light the extra tax in April.
In St. Louis County, the county government and 35 municipalities are looking to have extra tax passed by voters.