Citing ‘Anecdotal’ Evidence, Massachusetts Marijuana Panel Warns Cities to Not Apply Excessive Fees

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts cannabis regulators are urging cities and towns to stay within the boundaries of state law when negotiating local agreements with marijuana businesses.

The Cannabis Control Commission cited “anecdotal” evidence Thursday, July 26, 2018, that some municipalities were putting excessive demands on companies wishing to locate within their communities.

Under the state’s recreational cannabis law, cities and towns may charge pot businesses for anticipated costs such as traffic and police protection, but cannot assess fees greater than 3 percent of the total annual revenues of the business.

Retail cannabis sales had been expected to begin in Massachusetts on Sunday, July 1, 2018, but only one marijuana shop has been licensed, and none has opened. The commission on Thursday, July 20, 2018, was expected to issue retail licenses to two more retailers, but it’s unclear when they might open.

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