A year after the first recreational marijuana shops opened in Massachusetts, cannabis product sales have generated nearly $3.5 million in combined taxes and fees and a generally warm buzz for the first two towns to allow it.
The revenue represents the first full year's worth of the collected 3% local sales tax and the negotiated community impact fees for Northampton and Leicester. Dozens more communities are already on board: At the one-year anniversary of the state's first recreational shops, the state has licensed 33 dispensaries to open in 32 communities (Pittsfield has two dispensaries) which have combined generated $364 million in sales through Oct. 27.
“It’s been one year and I think the experience has been positive for Northampton overall,” said Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz. “We’ve had no major issues, no major uptick in crime. We’ve had a major uptick in visitorship and upticks in spending on meals and hotel/motel, and obviously we’ve had strong revenue from retail cannabis at least.”
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