Gardner, Winchendon recreational marijuana tax revenue from dispensaries – The Gardner News

In the eight years since the retail sale of marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts, over 310 dispensaries have opened across the commonwealth, including four dispensaries in the Greater Gardner area.

In addition to providing safe and legal access to marijuana, the dispensaries are providing revenue to the cities and towns where they are located, including over $1 million paid to the city of Gardner since 2019 when the first dispensary opened.

According to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, the state’s gross recreational marijuana sales reached $5.65 billion in 2023. Last year was the sixth consecutive year that gross sales of recreational marijuana hit record-setting growth statewide.