Sales tax on medical marijuana to be determined

The proposal is for a 5% local tax

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’ll be up to the state to decide if the Massachusetts community of Fairhaven will be allowed to place a local sales tax on medical marijuana. 22News is working for you to hear what people there thought about the idea.

In Northampton, a medical marijuana dispensary is proposed for Conz Street. The dispensary just moved to the next phase of the licensing process and could be open by November 1st.

Northampton is a community that’s also no stranger to local taxes. In 2009 they approved a local meals tax that goes into the city’s general fund.

The proposal for Fairhaven which was approved locally is for a 5% local tax on medical marijuana. 22News talked to people with different opinions.

“Most things that you sell do have taxes on them. Especially if its a psychoactive thing because the tax can partly go toward any rehabilitation needs,” said Walter Beard of Westfield.

“Most everyone’s resources are depleted. Pharmaceuticals get away with way too much. The cost of medicine is outrageous Taxing it is outrageous right now,” said Kaolin of Northampton.

Massachusetts is getting closer to awarding dispensary licenses. 200 nonprofits applied, 20 got initial approval, and now only 11 have advanced.

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