CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Hampden County Sheriff-elect Nick Cocchi has sent a letter to state officials asking them to increase the state’s proposed excise tax on recreational marijuana.
Under the current guidelines, marijuana distributors would pay the state’s sales tax, an optional 2% local tax, and a 3.75% proposed state excise tax. Cocchi wants to boost the excise tax another 5% to 8.75%.
“The 5% needs to go towards addiction and substance abuse services. That will help us, and allow us to be responsible, and more importantly, responsive to whatever issues are going to come our way with the legalization of marijuana,” Cocchi said.
It will be legal to own and grow marijuana in Massachusetts as of December 15th. There won’t be any state sanctioned recreational marijuana dispensaries until 2018.