Stockbridge votes to allow, regulate and tax adult-use marijuana

STOCKBRIDGE — Town meeting voters overwhelmingly approved a plan to allow retail marijuana in Stockbridge’s downtown and all state-legal marijuana establishments in the Industrial Park district.

Voters also approved a plan to tax recreational marijuana retail sales at 3 percent, which is the maximum allowed under state law.

The local regulations for medical and recreational (the local bylaws say “adult use”) marijuana are effectively identical, with the exception that medical marijuana does not face the excise tax.

“We didn’t want to end up in a situation where adult-use marijuana was treated different from medical,” said associate town counsel Ivria Fried.

Marijuana establishments will also need to hold a public outreach meeting and a host community agreement with the town, in addition to all state licensing, before they can begin operations.

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