Washington is handing out $6 million in pot taxes; where will it go?

Nov 16, 2015, 3:13 PM | Updated: 5:48 pm
The state’s ready to dole out $6 million in tax money collected from marijuana sales over the...
The state's ready to dole out $6 million in tax money collected from marijuana sales over the last fiscal year. It will go to local counties and cities. (AP)

The state’s ready to dole out tax money collected from marijuana sales over the last fiscal year to local counties and cities.

But distributing the $12 million over two years won’t be so easy. When Washington passed Initiative 502, it didn’t instruct the state to share the tax dollars that it collected from pot sales. That frustrated many county and local municipalities and lead to the passing of House Bill 2136, which set in place a program of tax fund sharing between the state, counties and cities.

“The original initiative &#8212 Initiative 502 &#8212 didn’t provide for any revenue going to cities or counties, so we think this is a good first step,” said Candice Bock, a government relations advocate with the Association of Washington Cities.

There will be $6 million distributed this year, and another $6 million next year. The money is coming in quarterly installments, and takes into account the amount of marijuana sales within a jurisdiction.

“The first quarter distribution went out on Sept. 30…the next distribution will go out in December,” Bock said.

Vancouver, in southern Washington, will collect the most tax money in the state at nearly $800,000 according to The Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Check out this break down to see how much money each city/county is getting

Tacoma came in second, making about $450,000 off legal marijuana sales. Seattle will get about $380,000.

Tacoma is an interesting example. The state is handing 60 percent of the pot tax funds to counties, and 40 percent to cities. But Tacoma’s surrounding county, Pierce County, banned pot sales, therefore, all the tax funds go directly to Tacoma.

As a whole, King County will take in nearly a million dollars in tax money from marijuana sales last year.

How local jurisdictions will spend the money isn’t exactly known. Bock said the marijuana tax funds will go into general fund accounts.

“It’s very broad,” Bock said of HB 2136, that allows the state to share the tax funds. “It references public safety, it references marijuana enforcement. It doesn’t define those two things. Those are pretty broad categories.”

“It does provide them a great deal of flexibility,” she said.

Local News

herrera beutler...
MyNorthwest Staff

Incumbent congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler concedes to Joe Kent in WA primary

Herrera Beutler’s concession comes less than 24 hours after Kent overtook the District 3 GOP lead.
20 hours ago
(Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)...
KIRO Newsradio Newsdesk

KIRO Newsradio Headlines: City council passes protective measures for abortion rights

KIRO Newsradio Headlines brings you a selection of quick stories to catch up on your news in the afternoon of Aug. 9.
20 hours ago
(Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)...
MyNorthwest Staff

Man kills brother with AR-15 in Whatcom County

A Seattle man has confessed to killing his brother on State Route 20 near Newhalem Monday Aug. 9, after shooting him multiple times with an AR-15 style rifle.
20 hours ago
Photo from KIRO 7...
Deborah Horne, KIRO 7 News

White Center man claims racial profiling by neighbor

Captured on video, a white woman suspected her new neighbor of breaking into his own home and called 911.
20 hours ago
election recount...
Logan Gilbert

Will WA’s 3rd Congressional District race trigger a recall with primary results too close to call?

As votes continue to be counted in the Washington state primary, some races remain extremely close and might have the possibility of a recount. 
20 hours ago
Photo from the City of Las Vegas...
MyNorthwest Staff

Marshawn Lynch arrested for DUI in Las Vegas

Ex-NFL star running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested in Las Vegas on Tuesday after cops claim he was driving under the influence.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, fillthestadium.com) initiative provides […]

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]
Washington is handing out $6 million in pot taxes; where will it go?