Change in federal drug classification could help cannabis shops – GazetteNET

Daily Hampshire Gazette – Change in federal drug classification could help cannabis shops

Former Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz attends a celebration at NETA’s Northampton location marking one year of recreational marijuana sales, Nov. 20, 2019. Contributed Photo

Steve Reilly, general counsel for the INSA marijuana dispensary in Easthampton, displays marijuana flowers at the dispensary, Feb. 6, 2018. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Dick Evans, of Northampton, enjoys the event of waiting in line at NETA in Northampton to legally buy recreational marijuana, Nov. 20, 2018. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

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NORTHAMPTON — In the wake of the Justice Department’s proposal to reclassify cannabis as a less dangerous drug, dispensary owners say the change would help their business, especially on taxes.

“The immediate impact would be for the government to treat us like other businesses for tax purposes,” said Steve Reilly, head of government relations and general counsel for INSA, an Easthampton dispensary.

With cannabis classified as a Schedule I drug along with heroin, LSD and ecstasy — drugs with no

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