Illinois: Recreational marijuana sales tax approved in Urbana

URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – Urbana’s city council has approved a tax on recreational marijuana sales.

The measure went up for a vote Tuesday night and passed, allowing Urbana to both become one of the first cities in Illinois to create the tax and also meet an end-of-September deadline for reporting taxation plans to the Illinois Department of Revenue. Urbana staff believe the Municipal Cannabis Retailer’s Occupation Tax could be a boon for state cities, according to The News-Gazette.

When recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1, 2020, Urbana will have a 3 percent tax on sales. City staff previously said they believe total revenue from the tax each year from one dispensary would fall in the range of $275,000 to $550,000.


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