BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials aren’t expecting any quick financial windfall from the state’s new recreational marijuana law.

State Treasurer Deb Goldberg and Revenue Commissioner Michael Heffernan told lawmakers at a budget hearing on Monday not to anticipate any revenues from recreational marijuana sales or licensing in the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2017.

In fact, Goldberg says her office will initially need state funds to implement the voter-approved law.

The law is scheduled to take effect on Dec. 15 but retail sales aren’t expected until 2018.

A Cannabis Control Commission must first be established to license and regulate future pot shops.

Goldberg also renewed her criticism of the 3.75 percent excise tax the law puts on retail marijuana sales, noting it’s significantly lower than in states that previously legalized recreational marijuana.

Comments (6)
  1. Suke Madique says:

    No reason the state needs a 15 member commision, just more pork for Cronies in government.

  2. Jake Goodale says:

    Yes, typically an industry can not pay tax revenue when they are making no revenue because they aren’t yet selling anything. Secondly there is absolutely no need for additional money. The law is fairly comprehensive and other states already have successful regulation systems that can be copied.

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