A Vermont panel has recommended a 26 percent tax rate on marijuana sales in its final report.
The Governors Subcommittee on Taxation and Regulation recommends a 20 percent excise tax, coupled with a 6 percent sales tax. Officials recommend that Vermont towns receive 5 percent of the excise tax revenue. Under the plan, towns with retail pot stores would get an additional 10 percent.
Critics of the tax plan say the pot tax is too high and won’t attract customers from the illicit marijuana market. State Sen. Richard Sears has said the rate should be lower.
Other recommendations include spending $15 million for a long-term study of the health effects of marijuana use; restricting legal purchases to people 21 and older; and limiting the number retail outlets that can sell cannabis. .
Additionally, the commission recommends the creation of a Cannabis Board of Control to regulate the industry.
The recommendations will move to the Legislature for any changes.