Spilka Said The Local Option Tax A 2 Percent Sales Tax Towns Can Enact Through A Local Ballot Question Could Go Toward Paying For That Work.

Collinsgave his adviceat the Board of Health meeting Tuesday night.State Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland,and State Rep. Jack Lewis, D-Framingham, also advised the board on how to work with the new law, but also advised that, at the state level, there is a lot yet to be worked out. Board of Health Member Judy Margulies and Marijuana Stocks Health Director Mark Oram asked for more guidance on how health departments should handle the law. Margulies asked what to do about cannabis odor and other quality of life or nuisance issues that could occur. Spilka said it’s something that hasn’t been worked out yet at the state level, but said the Department of Public Health, as well as other state agencies, will hand out a lot of guidance in the coming months. Oram asked how public health regulations will be paid for. Spilka said the local option tax a 2 percent sales tax towns can enact through a local ballot question could go toward paying for that work. Oram stressed that the Legislature should make clear the tax money is to be spent on public health and education programs. “Hopefully, town leaders will hear loud and clear it should be designated in that direction,” he said. Board of Health member Kitty Mahoney suggested the town create either an advisory group or commission on cannabis to handle local regulations.

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