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Greenfield voters OK local option tax on pot, reject flavored tobacco sales

  • In this Feb. 17, 2016 photo, plants grow at the home of Jeremy Nickle, in his backyard in Honolulu, Hawaii. Nickel, who owns Hawaiian Holy Smokes and is applying for a dispensary, grows a variety of strains and has a medical marijuana card. Those wanting to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii face unique obstacles in a state of islands separated by federal waters. (AP Photo/Marina Riker) Marina Riker



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

GREENFIELD — The voters have spoken. Greenfield should adopt a local option tax on the sale of recreational marijuana, and the town should continue to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products to adults 21 and older.

The two topics appeared as nonbinding referendum questions on Tuesday’s election ballot. They will be used by the Town Council and Board of Health for future policy, according to Council Vice President Isaac Mass, who proposed the questions.

Voters were overwhelmingly in favor of the local option tax on the sale of recreational marijuana, voting 2,310 for and 655 against. The tax can be up to 3 percent, in addition to the 17 percent state tax.

Mass previously said the council will likely take a vote on adopting the tax early next year.

Voters narrowly rejected the question of whether to allow the sale of flavored tobacco products to adults 21 and older, which were banned by the Board of Health in 2015. The vote was 1,368 in favor and 1,573 against.