FERNDALE, Wash. — Since January 13th the Sky High Pot Shop at 6167 Portal Way has been dark and a bright orange sign hung on the door notified customers that marijuana products could not be sold there “until taxes paid.”
In response to a public records request, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) said the store’s license was suspended in lieu of payment of $55,320.79, a combination of taxes due as of July 31, 2019 and assessed 2% late payment penalties.
WSLCB officials say an Intent to Suspend was issued September 5, 2019.
The last tax payment received from the store was on September 23, 2019 according to the WSLCB.
The balance of taxes owed as of December 31, 2019 was estimated at $84,881.81. An estimate was given since Sky High was not “compliant” reporting monthly sales and tax information according to WSLCB officials.
There was no answer when calling the store’s phone number.
Marijuana retailers are required to collect an excise tax of 37% percent of the sales price of products. This tax is identified separately on receipts and collected in addition to state and local sales and use taxes and is not part of the total retail price from which those taxes are calculated.
Licensed marijuana retailers are required to report their sales totals and pay the taxes due on those sales each month by the 20th of the following month.