US (ME): Plan considered to share cannabis taxes with local cities

Maine lawmakers are considering a plan that would divert tax revenue from cannabis sales to cities and towns to help them cover the impact on municipal services. 

If approved, the legislation would require at least 5% of the state's 15.5% combined taxes on adult-use cannabis to local governments that host retail shops and cultivation facilities. 

The bill's primary sponsor, Rep. Tiffany Roberts, D-South Berwick, said it would help alleviate "budgeting uncertainty" for local governments that host retail cannabis operations. 

"In the development of Maine’s adult-use cannabis industry, the state has asked municipalities to help balance the newly sanctioned use of this commodity, however, municipalities are not yet seeing a return on their investment," Roberts said in testimony in support of the bill. 

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