Vermont group recommends taxing marijuana at a higher rate than Massachusetts

Imagine a legal marijuana market in Vermont.

Customers pay a 26 percent tax on top of the price of their cannabis. Vermonters get first dibs on commercial grower’s licenses.

Edible marijuana products are sold and clearly labeled, and marijuana businesses are allowed to advertise under certain restrictions.

If legal marijuana sales are going to happen, this is how a Vermont panel that reports to Gov. Phil Scott would like the market to look.

Scott doesn’t think Vermont is ready for a retail market — but his Marijuana Advisory Commission is due to report on options for marijuana sales by Dec. 15.

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