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Questions remain about marijuana sales tax as election nears

Questions remain about marijuana sales tax as election nears

When Columbia and Boone County voters go to the polls April 4 to cast ballots on proposed taxes on the sale of recreational marijuana, it’s unlikely they’ll know whether the taxes, if approved, would stack on top of one another.

Both the Columbia City Council and the Boone County Commission have placed propositions on the ballot calling for a 3% sales tax on recreational marijuana. The Missouri Municipal League said more than 100 cities have placed similar taxes on the ballot, and 70 counties have done so, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Kip Kendrick (copy)

Kip Kendrick

Lead budtender, Tyrel White sells Sundro flower on Tuesday, Feb. 6

Lead budtender Tyrel White sells Sundro flower on Tuesday at Hippos Dispensary in Columbia. Hippos sells a range of cannabis items from edibles to flower.

  • City/county government reporter, spring 2023. Studying journalism and political science. Reach me at or in the newsroom at 882-5700.

  • I've been a reporter and editor at Missouri community newspapers for 35 years and joined the Columbia Missourian in 2003. My emphasis at the Missourian is on local government and elections. You can reach me at or at 573-884-5366.

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