WARE — The goodness or gouging in the host community agreements of marijuana companies paying fees to cities and towns has been a statewide topic, including here at Town Hall Tuesday.
The Board of Selectmen approved a host community agreement with proposed recreational marijuana business B’leaf Wellness Centre LLC. The retail dispensary would pay the town quarterly over five years 3 percent of gross sales of marijuana and marijuana products.
That’s on top of a 3 percent annual excise tax established on such companies by town meeting, Town Manager Stuart Beckley told the five-member board.
Other cities and towns have extracted additional money from marijuana companies in the form of grants to community groups and pledges of employee time helping at events or with municipal services.