Crawford voters will decide if retail marijuana sales will be taxed, even though such activity is not currently allowed in town. The question was placed on the ballot by the town council.
When the town board approved the ballot question in January, Mayor Wanda Gofforth said it was a matter of getting ahead of the curve, if and when marijuana sales might be approved in Crawford. The council was clear that the question should not be considered a referendum for opening Crawford to retail marijuana stores.
The ballot question asked the voters for authorization of a five percent special sales tax on the retail sale of marijuana and marijuana products. It also authorizes the town council to change the rate not to exceed 10 percent without another vote of the citizens. The question also authorizes the town to collect a five percent excise tax on unprocessed retail marijuana when transferred or sold from a cultivation facility to a retail store.
If approved, the measure would also not be subject to TABOR restrictions.
A citizen asked the town council at its March 7 meeting for clarification of the $50,000 noted in the ballot question. The amount of the tax is an estimate of potential revenue from the new tax, required by law for taxing questions. Since Crawford does not allow retail marijuana stores, the estimate is only a guess.