SALEM, Ore.–The Department of Revenue processed $6.84 million in marijuana tax payments through the end of March. Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25-percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January.

Since January, 57 percent of payments were made by appointment and 43 percent were made by mail. There were 320 dispensaries selling recreational marijuana products in February, as reported by the Oregon Health Authority.

The department would like to remind dispensaries that their first-quarter marijuana tax returns must be postmarked by May 2, 2016. Dispensaries should also remember:

  • Taxes collected for March’s sales are due to the department by May 2.
  • They need to register for a tax account before making their first payment.
  • Vouchers need to be included with all payments.
  • Cash, check, or money order are the only payment options.

Cash payments are only accepted at the department’s main office in Salem. Appointments are required. Call (503) 945-8050 at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an appointment. Appointment times are limited, so please call early in the month.

Payment vouchers, quarterly return forms, and more information about the marijuana tax program are available at

Visit to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish);(503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, [email protected]. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.

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