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How to fund cops? Town considers marijuana tax

www.usatoday.com Published: July 7, 2014
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A desperate, crime-ridden desert town, reeling from a recent brush with bankruptcy, has turned to an unlikely savior to pay for its embattled police force — marijuana, according to USA TODAY.



Desert Hot Springs, a city of about 28,000 people in the desert two hours east of Los Angeles, is considering legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries as a last-ditch effort to bolster the city budget so it can maintain its local police department.

The City Council will decide in August whether it will ask city voters to approve hefty taxes on medical marijuana. The council will also lift a ban on dispensaries, allowing the businesses to blossom in city limits for the first time in seven years. Council members have considered a 10% sales tax, a $50,000 permitting fee and a 5% cultivation tax — or a combination of all three, USA TODAY reports.

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