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Recreational marijuana sales have been legal and common in Portland for years. (Photo by Noah Berger/AP) By MEERAH POWELL, Oregon Public Broadcasting When Portland voters approved a 3% tax on recreational cannabis sales in 2016, some of them expected the funds would benefit marijuana business owners and individuals who were negatively affected when cannabis was illegal. A report from the Portland City Auditor reveals that was the exception, not the main impact. Instead, most of the collected taxes have gone toward shortages in the city’s general fund and specifically to police and transportation programs, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. Although the uses are technically allowed under the ballot measure, cannabis business owners and community members have not been involved in budget decisions and the city has not reported on how it has used those tax revenues, according to the audit. The ballot measure stated that the marijuana tax revenue should go toward three categories: drug and alcohol education and treatment, public safety spending designed to protect the community from unsafe drivers and support for neighborhood small businesses, especially those owned by women and people of color. Most of Portland’s marijuana taxes went to traffic safety measures

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