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Maine Lawmakers Vote to Tax Medical Marijuana Sales

April 12, 2010

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The state sales tax will be applied to medical marijuana sold in Maine dispensaries.
The medical marijuana that will be sold in dispensaries in Maine will be subject to the state’s sales tax. The provision was part of the final catch-all tax bill enacted by lawmakers and signed into law last week.

Maine Revenue Services recommended against taxing medical pot, but lawmakers on the Taxation Committee decided otherwise.

“It is helpful to people who need it or want it, but it is not a prescription medicine,” Taxation Committee Co-chair Joe Perry, a Bangor Democrat told Capitol News Service. “Over the counter medicines are currently taxable, and we viewed it more like that — it’s not an actual prescription, the patient gets to get it, over the counter medicines are taxable, we thought marijuana ought to be taxable.”

Supporters of the petition drive that put the question on the ballot are not surprised or upset. In fact, they say if the state gets tax revenue from marijuana sales, it will bolster their argument for the law in future Legislatures because eliminating the program will cost the state revenue.

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