Time to Teach a Lesson to the Local Politicians
The city councilors of Coos Bay have finished two Ballot Measures dealing with the issue of taxing and licensing the marijuana industry. The first measure is a three percent tax on the sale of recreational marijuana inside city limits and the other measure is for issuing business licenses to recreational marijuana dispensaries.
If enacted, the new city tax will go to the general fund and may be spent at the discretion of the city officials. The city officials messed with their citizens’ vote by denying the results of Measure 91 when they decided to put the question on the ballot for a second time when there was a clear and decisive victory of 58% percent in-favor of the sale of recreational marijuana.
The General Election in November will be the opportune time for voters to reeducate these city officials.
Voters should reiterate their vote by supporting the issuing of business license to recreational dispensaries, so they can participate in the marketplace as originally intended. Then, the voters should reject the three percent tax for the city to punish Mayor Shoji and councilors Daily, Kramer, Leahy, and Vaughn for voting in-favor of putting it on the ballot again. They denied the Right of Commerce to their constituents and the business owners in the recreational marijuana industry.
Protecting the Rights of the individual is the only legitimate job of the elected representative and anything less is a dereliction of their constitutionally sworn duty. In direct contrast, it appeared that the city officials acted overcautiously, which unfortunately placed an undue financial burden on the industry due to the councilors’ choice of protectionism of their positions over the rights of the individual.
Coos Bay should learn the lesson that it is not nice to fool with “We the People.”
However, when politicians do the right thing then the people should reward them in-kind.
The Coos County Board of Commissioners was going to enact dozens of pages of new county regulations on the marijuana industry, on top of the countless new regulations spawned by the passage of Measure 91. The commissioners decided to listen to the community, chose not to enact any new regulations, and did the very least required by passing the state mandated definitions, so for not hindering the marijuana industry the people should reward the county.
The BOC has put a measure on the November ballot for a three percent tax on the sale of recreational marijuana in the unincorporated areas of the county. The voters should support the county and VOTE YES for the new marijuana tax to show the politicians that there are good consequences as well as bad consequences when making those important decisions. Then maybe next time the City Councilors of Coos Bay will learn this important lesson and make the right choice.
About the author:
Rob Taylor is the founder of a virtual network of local activist at www.CoosCountyWatchdog.com.
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