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Silver Bow County voters will consider a local cannabis tax

Cannabis store sign.
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Cannabis store sign.

Butte-Silver Bow County is the latest local jurisdiction in Montana looking to add a local excise tax on cannabis sales.

County commissioners have approved a pair of questions to add to the June primary ballot asking residents to consider a 3% local option excise tax on recreational and medical marijuana sales in the county

"With this 3% we get to choose what that's going to do," said J.P. Gallager, the chief executive officer for Butte-Silver Bow County. "We really look at using it for the supportive services that that we need so desperately here in Butte-Silver Bow ... for mental health services, addiction prevention, those type of things."

The local option tax on recreational sales will be on top of a state-mandated 20% tax.

About 65% of voters in Butte-Silver Bow supported the statewide initiative in 2020 to legalize sales of recreational marijuana in Montana.

In November, Missoula, Park and Yellowstone counties each passed a 3% local tax on recreational marijuana.

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Kristine de Leon