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.READ MORE: 3 People Rescued From Rip Currents At Salisbury Beach; DCR Issues Warning
In fact, Goldberg says her office will initially need state funds to implement the voter-approved law.READ MORE: Worcester Unveils Statue Of Celtics Legend Bob Cousy
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.MORE NEWS: Boston Marks Juneteenth With Celebration In Nubian Square
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.