Perryville City Administrator Brent Buerck understands that Perry County did not vote for the legalization of marijuana. During the November general election Amendment 3 passed in the state of Missouri to legalize recreational marijuana. The amendment failed with a 60-40 percent split within Perry County, while it passed overall within Missouri with a 53-47 percent split.
“Most of rural Missouri voted it down,” Buerck said. “The vote was driven by St. Louis, Kansas City and other larger areas. It was an urban-rural issue.”
Included in this constitutional amendment is the ability for cities and counties to add a three percent sales tax to such sales. Even though Perryville doesn’t currently have a dispensary, staff would recommend putting the question to voters in the upcoming April election.
“There are a rash of these all being done across the state,” Brent Buerck said at the Dec. 20 Board of Aldermen meeting. “I would reach out to the county commission to get something together. I really don’t think it would be a big number. One million dollars in sales would be about $30,000.”
“Now that it’s here we want to tax it because there will be some implications on having it, such as more taxes and more policing and things of that nature.”
Buerck noted that with the tax it could deter citizens from using it as well, which could lessen the amount of marijuana in the county.
“If we tax it, then less people may use it, which is what a majority of people in Perry County wants,” Buerck said. “Even though the people voted no, we want people to understand the logic between why we are asking for a tax. It’s coming, so let’s prepare for it. There will be some social implications so we want to have some tax resources to address those concerns.”
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