Friday, October 17, 2014

In the News: taxing marijuana stalled, recycling grant received

The town’s plan to charge a local sales tax on medical marijuana has become a pipe dream, at least until the next Legislative session. 
Franklin officials had petitioned legislation to allow the town to impose a 5 percent local sales tax on the retail and wholesale sale of medical marijuana. 
But lawmakers effectively killed the bill late last month along with a similar version filed by the town of Dennis, deciding to put both on hold for further study. A bill petitioned by Fairhaven met the same fate in July. 
The three failed attempts by the towns to tax medical marijuana indicate that the Legislature is not ready to take on the potentially contentious issue.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here (subscription maybe required)

Franklin received $7,500 to expand its existing recycling program to collect carpet materials at municipal recycling stations. Franklin also received a $1,000 grant for outreach and educational materials for the town’s drop-off recycling program. 
The grants, funded through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program, are intended for recycling, composting and reuse activities to limit the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators.

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