Taxes on cannabis exceed taxes on alcohol in Massachusetts


Excise taxes from recreational cannabis sales have passed alcohol taxes for the first time.

The statehouse reports that at the mid-point of the fiscal year, in December of 2021, the state had brought in more than $10.74-million in excise taxes on sales of Cannabis. This is in comparison to $51 million in alcohol excise taxes. That marks the first time cannabis income has outpaced alcohol income for the state.

Additionally, the state’s 10.75% excise tax only accounts for about half of the total tax revenue generated by cannabis sales in Massachusetts. There are also local taxes and a six-percent sales tax. In all those generated more than $208-million in revenue last fiscal year.


Bill to combat marijuana-related impaired driving should be rejected

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There is no blood, saliva, or breathalyzer analysis that can ascertain whether a person who has used marijuana is actually impaired.


Taunton's first recreational retail pot shop is open — here's what the first day was like


"Rec" is finally for real in Taunton.

On Monday, Commonwealth Alternative Care became the first of up to eight marijuana dispensaries licensed to sell pot to recreational users. The 30 Mozzone Blvd. business has been selling marijuana to folks with medical cards for more than three years. Dave German, general manager of Taunton operations, gave a tour of the recreational and medical shop at the front of the company's sprawling location, which includes 100,000 square feet where they grow weed and manufacture pot products.

"We're excited with the new recreational sales ability, so welcome to our dispensary," German said Monday.


Five years after Massachusetts voters approved marijuana legalization, some lawmakers seek increased restrictions

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Last month marked five years since Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana, but state lawmakers find themselves weeding through proposed restrictions on a product that researchers say can harm the health of youths.

On a 2016 ballot question, Massachusetts residents approved legalization, joining California, Maine and Nevada voters in doing so that year. Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon previously had legalized recreational marijuana.

Under the Massachusetts law, adults older than 21 are permitted to use, grow and sell marijuana in limited quantities without legal consequences. The state began allowing licensed recreational sales in 2018, bringing 14 recreational dispensaries, out of a total of 165 in the state as of Sept. 1, to Berkshire County.


Adams Officials Hears Presentation on New Cannabis Dispensary

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 Kerry Raheb, the owner of Indica LLC presented to the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday on plans for his cannabis dispensary, which will open at 127 Columbia St.

Raheb, who previously worked as an investment banker, said this business is his first cannabis dispensary. He said he intends on holding a community outreach meeting for the dispensary, which will be at the former site of Woodstock South, a former gift and novelties shop, as soon as possible.


Three recreational marijuana businesses in Framingham, three hope to join them

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Three Framingham adult-use marijuana businesses have opened their doors and three more are on the way.

Currently, Nova Farms and Cultivate operate on Worcester Road (Route 9) and Temescal Wellness is on Cochituate Road (Route 30). Three other businesses are on their way to opening — but it may be a while.

“This is a new industry that was previously illegal, and it’s highly regulated, and so for good reasons there is a very onerous process, both at the state level and at the local level, to vet out these businesses that are going to be operating in our communities,” said Thatcher Kezer, Framingham's chief operating officer.


Betting on themselves, sisters-in-law open Pepperell’s first cannabis dispensary

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Nearly two years after they made their initial pitch to the Select Board, sisters-in-law Priyanka and Tejal Patel finally saw their dream made a reality as they opened Uma Flowers, Pepperell’s first recreational cannabis store last week.

With the snip of some novelty sized scissors and town officials — including Select Board Chair Margaret Scarsdale, Town Planner Jenny Gingras and Town Administrator Andrew MacLean, in attendance, Uma Flowers officially opened its doors Wednesday, Dec. 8, after a soft launch the Sunday before at 2 Tarbell St.

Customers will be able to purchase products online for the first six weeks of operation, after which they can purchase on-site as well.

“It’s a dream come true,” Priyanka Patel said.


At 850 pounds, company bakes possible 'largest THC-infused brownie ever made'


A Massachusetts company has unveiled a THC cannabis-infused brownie that weighs 850 pounds.

MariMed, Inc., a multi-state cannabis operator, concocted the soft-baked brownie at their processing and cultivation facility in New Bedford, Mass.

“There were five to six people that were really focused on this brownie for several weeks,” Ryan Crandall, who is the chief product officer and senior vice president of sales for the company, said Wednesday, which was National Brownie Day.

The brownie is potentially the largest confection of its kind across the globe, measuring 3 feet wide by 3 feet long and 15 inches tall.


A milestone year for the Massachusetts cannabis industry is ending. What’s next? See our Q&A with regulators


In 2021, home delivery of cannabis rolled out in Massachusetts as the state’s industry surpassed $2 billion in gross sales and hit the fifth anniversary of recreational legalization.


Mello, Haverhill Cannabis Store, Plans Grand Opening Saturday with Ethan Zohn, Inspectah Deck

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Haverhill’s fourth adult-use cannabis store, Mello, formally opens Saturday morning with a ribbon cutting, appearance by Ethan Zohn of “Survivor: Africa” and music by Inspectah Deck.

One of the founders, Tim Riley, who serves as facilities manager, said the 330 Amesbury Road store represents a $3 million investment, including the cost of the land and extensive rehabilitation of the former Seafood Etc. restaurant. Another founder, Charles Emery, who serves as Mello’s community relations manager, previewed the grand opening for WHAV.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to showcase our property to our community, our business partners, vendors. We’re excited to have everyone meet our team and get to know us even better,” he told WHAV.


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