Slow rollout shrinks Massachusetts marijuana tax estimate

BOSTON — Saying Massachusetts has missed out on $16 million in marijuana taxes, officials behind the 2016 legal marijuana ballot question pointed on Monday to staffing levels and bureaucracy at the Cannabis Control Commission as potential reasons for the slow rollout of retail sales in Massachusetts. “The Cannabis Control Commission needs to pick up the pace,” Will Luzier, who managed the 2016 ballot campaign in Massachusetts, said at a press conference outside the Statehouse. “We’re not here for cannabis operators, we’re here for the consumers and voters of the commonwealth that don’t understand why this is taking so long.” Nevada and California voters approved nonmedical marijuana laws in November 2016, at the same time the ballot question passed in Massachusetts.

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