Newburyport Cannabis Action Network is a non-partisan, citizen-led civic action group, advocating for local control in adopting sensible cannabis policy for maximum social and economic benefit to Newburyport. We are not affiliated with the cannabis industry.
Newburyport voted 55-45% to “regulate and tax cannabis like alcohol” in the 2016 high turnout election. We believe the will of the majority included allowing regulated retail cannabis sales in Newburyport.
It is expected that our neighboring communities of Amesbury, Salisbury, Newbury, and Rowley will have retail cannabis establishments. Newburyport should be proactive in securing our fair share of this new market by negotiating our own agreements with cannabis businesses. Safe, regulated retail establishments are just part of legalization.
A 3% sales tax will go directly to Newburyport’s general fund, money we can use for infrastructure repairs, sidewalks, and education. If we opt-out, we will lose out.
While all mood-altering substances have the potential for abuse, and keeping them away from those under the age of 21 is crucial, the simple fact is cannabis is much safer than alcohol, and has many medicinal benefits. Acceptance is growing, and with federal legalization on the horizon, awareness and education for the community, and especially for youth, are paramount.
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