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US (MO): Adult-use tax in and around Kansas City going up after easy election wins

Voters across the Kansas City metro area easily approved new taxes on the state’s burgeoning recreational marijuana industry in Tuesday’s local elections. Cities across the area and the state approved imposing an extra 3% tax on recreational marijuana purchases. In Kansas City, the new tax won support from more than 70% of those who voted in Tuesday’s election. The marijuana tax proved popular across the metro area, running up wide margins in urban, suburban, and rural areas. In unofficial results, the vote was 33,637 to 12,271 in favor of the tax in Kansas City.

With little to no organized opposition and low turnout elections, the tax easily passed in cities across the state. Those include Columbia, Joplin, and St. Louis, according to early results. Locally, voters in Jackson County and Cass County also approved the new 3% tax, though the question of whether cities and counties can simultaneously tax marijuana will likely be determined by the courts. The vote was 41,102 to 22,133 in Jackson County.

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