Massachusetts lawmakers are trying to make sense of how to regulate recreational marijuana after voters legalized it via a statewide ballot question in November. Pittsfield rejected a proposal to put a possible ban on this year’s ballot. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen recently sat down with Mayor Linda Tyer, who weighs in on how to regulate retail pot.
Under a follow-up law passed in July, the state take on retail pot purchases is 17 percent, including state tax. Municipalities can profit from a maximum 3 percent increase on sales. Retail marijuana is predicted to be a $1 billion industry statewide.