Egremont voters approve 3% tax on marijuana sales

EGREMONT
— Town residents nearly unanimously voted in favor to adopt a 3-percent gross
sales tax applicable to cannabis retailers at Tuesday’s special town meeting.

Of the
1,007 registered voters, 108 were in attendance at the fire station at the
Sept. 17 special town meeting, according to Egremont Town Clerk Juliette Haas.

A quorum
of 60 is needed for the town to vote. Steven Cohen served as the meeting’s
moderator.

Since a
special permit has been issued for a retail marijuana shop in town, it is
likely the town will start taking advantage of the recent statewide
legalization of cannabis, said Mary Brazie, a member of the select board.

“If
anyone has been keeping track of what has been going on at Great Barrington,
they have made several hundred thousands of dollars,” said Brazie. “Even if we
have one shop, which is what is planned now, the town stands to receive
considerable revenue, which could go to road repairs.”

The town also voted 92 to 16 with a secret ballot vote in favor of appropriating $200,000 to continue the engineering study of the Mount Washington Road project.

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