BotanaCare budtender Sara Arbogast helps customers at the Northglenn recreational shop on May 16, 2014. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

Northglenn voters OK 2 percent pot tax hike; proceeds for public facilities

Northglenn City Council will start collecting marijuana taxes that could be used to build a new recreation center after voters agreed to a 2 percent tax increase on the sale of medical and retail marijuana and related products sold in the city.

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 5,100 Northglenn residents voted in favor of the tax hike versus just under 2,900 who were against it.

The ballot language for the measure ostensibly dedicates the revenue to new public use construction projects “including but not limited to the Northglenn Recreation Center, the Northglenn Senior Center and the Northglenn Theatre.”

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All three of those facilities are currently housed in the Northglenn Recreation Center at 11801 Community Center Drive.

Prior to the vote, residents of Northglenn were taxed 8.75 percent on medical marijuana sales and 18.75 percent on retail sales.

Now, medical users in Northglenn will pay 10.75 percent on their products.

Northglenn retail marijuana users, however, will pay 23.75 because a countywide 3 percent retail marijuana tax increase presented by the Adams County commissioners also passed, bringing the total retail increase in Northglenn to 5 percent.

Revenue from Northglenn’s 2 percent increase is projected to generate $450,000 a year on the city’s six licensed retail and medical marijuana businesses. The city will begin collecting that revenue in January.

Megan Mitchell: 303-954-2650, or

Ballot Issue 2H: Shall Northglenn impose an additional 2 percent tax on the sale of retail and medical marijuana and related medical and retail products to be spent exclusively on the construction of public facilities?

Yes: 64.1 percent (5,176)

No: 35.8 percent (2,898)

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