Maine panel divvies up tax revenue from sales of marijuana

Maine legislative panel agreed Thursday on how to divvy tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales after putting the kibosh on drive-thru sales, internet sales and home delivery.

The Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation wants to provide 5 percent to towns that host retail or cultivation businesses. Another 6 percent would go to law enforcement and 6 percent to public education. The remainder would go to the state's general fund.

The panel held two days of hearings with a goal of getting a proposal in shape to be considered during a special legislative session next month.

The Portland Press Herald ( reports that the panel on Thursday revived the idea of scrapping a 20 percent sales tax in favor of a 10 percent sales tax and 10 percent excise tax.

The idea renewed by House Chairwoman Teresa Pierce of

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