More questions than answers as pot shops move into town

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer voters will have the opportunity to vote on attaching a 3 percent city tax on recreational marijuana sales in November. Approval of a resolution sending the matter to ballot was one of several hastily-approved measures during a nearly four-hour meeting of the Keizer City Council Monday, June 20. While recreational sales and the taxes applied to them are new territory for Keizer and Oregon, voters might find some of the language giving them pause. The text approved for the voter’s pamphlet includes the statement, “There is no way to estimate the amount of revenue the tax would provide to the city.” However, a report released last week suggests it might not be as a big a mystery as voters will be led to believe in November. According to mjbizdaily.com, a marijuana industry trade publication, the average annual revenue reported by dispensaries and recreational sales shops was $974 per square foot. That total puts the average pot shop between Whole Foods ($930 per square foot) and Costco ($1,032 per square foot). Apple retail stores topped the list with a whopping $4,799 per square foot. Revenue per square foot is a measure of how efficiently a retailer uses space. To date the city has only one licensed and operating dispensary in city limits, Alpha Alternative Solutions near the intersection of Hollyhock Place North...

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