Massachusetts Lawmakers Debate Tax on Recreational Marijuana

Massachusetts lawmakers debate tax on recreational marijuana

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Western Massachusetts sheriff’s want the state to use marijuana tax revenues to help combat the state’s deadly opioid addiction crisis. They’re urging state lawmakers to increase the tax on pot from 10% to 15% to pay for substance abuse treatment programs.

The Massachusetts Committee on Marijuana Policy held their last public hearing on Monday. State Representatives Brian Ashe and John Velis filed a bill that would establish a fund to support addiction treatment programs; services sheriffs said are in short supply.

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