Graham Gal: Banning a dispensary is not the answer – GazetteNET

Published: 8/31/2022 5:15:20 PM

Modified: 8/31/2022 5:11:41 PM

A recent letter made some points in opposition to a dispensary in a storefront in Florence. Unfortunately, the points were invalid.

The writer argued that a decline in tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales indicated that the market was already saturated, and therefore another venue was a bad idea. While a decline in tax revenue may be an indicator, it is certainly does not indicate saturation. If sales for marijuana were $10,000, the tax on that amount does not depend on the number of outlets. If the tax rate is 10%, then the tax is $1,000 regardless of whether there is one store or 10,000 stores.

The decline in tax revenue is an indication of an overall decline in sales. If the tax revenue is disbursed based on the location of the sales, then Florence may be better served by allowing an outlet to open in their area.

As for the argument that a dispensary which could be seen by impressionable teenagers is a bad idea. This is essentially the same argument made in Florida concerning the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. If teenagers and their parents can’t discern

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