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Coos Bay council discusses funding police operation through marijuana sales

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- The Coos Bay City Council is discussing sending revenue it takes in from marijuana sales to the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team.

About a year ago, City of Coos Bay enacted a three percent tax on the sale of recreational pot and marijuana products.

The City will begin seeing some of that revenue in the near future.

The council is considering sending 50 percent of those proceeds to help pay for the operation of the narcotics team.

"Currently they've been using funding through either grants or forfeiture funds and those grants are a little more difficult to come by these days,” says Coos Bay City Manager Roger Craddock, “so they need funds to actually support the operations, and that's just pay the bills, whether it's equipment or personnel."

Craddock says the council will make a formal decision during their August 1 meeting.

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