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Will Massachusetts Begin Taxing Medical Marijuana?

Passed in 2012, Massachusetts’ medical marijuana law allows registered patients with a diagnosed medical condition, including Parkinson’s disease, glaucoma, HIV/AIDs, Krohn’s disease, hepatitis C, and cancer, to possess a 60-day supply of marijuana for personal medical use.

One thing the law did not include was information on taxation.

One Massachusetts lawmaker is aiming to change that. Here are the details on Senator Brian Joyce’s proposal to tax medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Taxation in Massachusetts?

What Does the Amendment Suggest?

Joyce proposes that the state impose a 6.25% sales tax on all transactions involving medical marijuana, including edibles and infused products. In a separate measure, he also suggests that Massachusetts dispensaries would pay a 4% surcharge on all revenues.Worcester | Massachusetts Taxing Medical Marijuana?He argues that his proposal makes sense because medical marijuana prescriptions are not recognized as legal prescriptions under federal law and that failing to tax them would create a new tax exemption. He also points out that aspirin, cough syrup, and other over-the-counter drugs are taxed — so why not medical marijuana?Joyce thinks that funds raised by taxing medical marijuana could be applied toward programs to fight substance abuse in our state. By his estimate, the amendments would bring in $5-6 million in the first year of implementation.

How Would This Affect Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts?

Opponents of Joyce’s amendments assert that their passing would increase the costs of medical marijuana and thus dissuade real patients from participating in legal sale, turning to lower-priced black market product if needed.

Others say that it’s wrong to tax legitimate medical marijuana patients whose chronic illnesses often leave them low-income.

Licensed dispensaries have already faced delays in Massachusetts, and the passage of this law could compound that problem. One company, In Good Health, Inc., is to be awarded a provisional dispensary. CEO David Noble says he isn’t sure how taxing medical marijuana would impact sales or patients, since overall medical marijuana is a newer industry.

How Does Massachusetts Compare to Other Medical Marijuana States?

Currently, 10 states and municipalities have imposed taxes on medical marijuana, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts neighbors Connecticut and Maine.

Still, opponents point out that the medical marijuana tax rates in these states are lower than Joyce’s proposed percentage.

Medical Marijuana and Your Workplace

Massachusetts has been slow to implement its medical marijuana law, and questions about taxation as well as a dragging dispensary approval process will only further delay it. As amendments develop over time and change the nature of the law, ARCpoint Labs of Worcester can serve as your expert when it comes to medical marijuana and your workplace. We can assist you with creating a drug-free workplace and drug testing policy that adheres to our medical marijuana laws.

To learn more about dealing with medical marijuana in your Worcester, MA workplace, call ARCpoint Labs today at (774) 314-9551!

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