- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon’s tax-free marijuana sales come to an end next year.

Beginning Jan. 4, the state will collect a 25 percent sales tax on marijuana products sold to people without medical cards.

That means pot will become one of just three products with a tax applied at the point of sale. The others are hotel rooms and prepaid mobile phone credits.

Oregon marijuana stores have been selling tax-free pot in limited quantities since Oct. 1 due to a quirk in the voter-approved initiative that allowed adults to buy the drug from licensed stores.

State marijuana sales taxes will drop to 17 percent late next year when Oregon’s recreational marijuana program is fully up and running. Local governments will then be able to assess their own taxes of up to 3 percent.

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