Marijuana tax

Assembly Issues

Marijuana tax

Candidate Responses

How will you vote on the ballot question to tax marijuana an extra 3 percent? Why?

Norton Gregory

Norton Gregory

Candidate for Areawide Assembly

You know I believe that when we voted for the ordinance regarding marijuana that we said that we would treat marijuana just like alcohol and therefor the taxes should be the same.

Kate Troll is running against Bill Peters for the areawide assembly seat, the only contested race in the October 1st municipal election. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Kate Troll

Candidate for Areawide Assembly

I’ll be voting yes on that because the marijuana industry, once they got it on the ballot, and we started dealing with our own regulations, they made it very clear that they would like for marijuana to be treated the same as alcohol, and that’s what we’re doing in our appeal process. And I think it’s only right to treat them the same on the tax level, so I’ll be voting yes on that.


Mary Becker

Candidate for District 1 Assembly

I will vote yes on that, because it is something that we do for alcohol and it seems to me that that should be a similar way. I think marijuana has a potential of having extra costs to us as a city, and we should probably have enough money to cover those costs.


Arnold Liebelt

Candidate for District 1 Assembly

I think that was the intent of the, I’m not sure it’s the ballot measure, but that was the intent when we went through this legalization process for marijuana, that it be treated like alcohol. So my answer is yes, I think we should tax it at the same rate that we tax alcohol. The intent again was to treat it as if it were alcohol and it would be regulated in such a manner. So it makes sense to do so.

William Quayle poses for a photo outside KTOO, Sept. 2, 2016. Quayle is a candidate for Juneau Assembly. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

William Quayle Jr.

Candidate for District 1 Assembly

No. Not until they have 10 businesses … in the assembly. They have only two businesses. Make sure they have 10 businesses. Then if they want to get the 3 percent, that’s fine.

Beth Wedlon poses for a photo in a KTOO studio, Sept. 1, 2016. Weldon is a candidate for Juneau Assembly. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Beth Weldon

Candidate for District 2 Assembly

The marijuana industry itself has said to treat it like alcohol, so I think it’s appropriate to tax it like alcohol.

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