Oak Park village trustees vote against tax on medical marijuana

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Oak Park village officials had proposed a 6 percent tax on medical marijuana, modeled after an already approved “medical cannabis privilege tax” in Evanston. If approved, the tax would only apply to the soon-to-open Seven Point dispensary planned for 1140 Lake St. in Oak Park.

The proposed tax was voted on at Monday night’s village board meeting. Before the vote, Brad Zerman, CEO of Seven Point, explained that the state already taxes the growers of the product.

“This [proposed tax] is just going to drive up costs to patients and that’s the main concern here,” Zerman said. “I don’t see that it’s appropriate to increase the costs to patients who need it badly.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, others at the meeting expressed similar concerns and felt the tax may be unnecessary for the Oak Park community.

“What we’re talking about is a legal medical use,” Trustee Adam Salzman said. “It’s legal, it’s licensed and already heavily regulated. So few people would be impacted, it really wouldn’t produce that much revenue.”

Trustees unanimously voted 6-0 against the proposed 6 percent tax on medical marijuana. Trustee Colette Lueck was absent from the vote.

Zerman said his dispensary will sell products other than medical marijuana, which should produce some sales tax revenue for the village.

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