Advisory Vote No. 8 (agricultural excise tax preferences)
Washington voters are asked their “advice” this fall on a decision the Legislature made in the spring to change tax rates for marijuana.
But the Legislature isn’t obliged to heed the results of the advisory vote, and, if history holds, won’t even revisit the issue if voters say it should be repealed.
The advisory vote is required by an earlier initiative designed to make it more difficult for the Legislature to raise taxes.
Advisory Vote No. 8 involves the Legislature’s decision that the state’s new legal marijuana growers can’t have some of the tax preferences that most other agricultural businesses have. Requiring them to pay a mixture of business and occupation, sales, utility and litter taxes will bring the state an estimated $25 million over the next 10 years. The bill passed 47-0 in the Senate and 55-42 in the House.