- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - State Treasurer Deb Goldberg is raising concerns about the November ballot question that would legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts.

Speaking on Wednesday to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Goldberg, a Democrat, said the proposal sets an “aggressive and costly” timeline for beginning retail sales of marijuana.

Question 4 calls for creating a Cannabis Control Commission, overseen by the state treasurer, to regulate marijuana sales. But Goldberg says the commission would have only three months beginning next October to review and approve applications from prospective retailers.

She also noted the commission would have no funding until after sales begin and a 3.75 percent assessed on recreational marijuana.

Goldberg says that tax rate is too low. Ballot question supporters disagree, saying the tax would raise enough money to cover regulatory costs.

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