Recreational Marijuana Backers Cry Foul Over Legislature's Pot Bills

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Redo Recreational Marijuana Law

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Redo Recreational Marijuana Law

It also addressed some of the public safety concerns that prompted Scott to veto a version of the bill that passed early this spring by, among other things, creating misdemeanor crimes with no jail time for people using marijuana in a vehicle with children present. The House version boosts the levy as high as 28 percent. Keeping taxes relatively low, Jehlen said, would entice consumers to buy cannabis from legal suppliers, while a higher tax might persuade them to continue purchasing from an illegal dealer or perhaps even drive to ME, where recreational marijuana will be taxed at 10 percent.

After pot legalization comes up short this year, Vermont and Rhode Island will both have study commissions to examine the issue, Nevada's governor finds a way to get recreational pot sales going next week, Cuba says no to legal weed and more. "Question 4 was written specifically to eliminate the black market".

"I think the Senate will come up and the House will come down, the more hard compromise to reach is the local control". The Cannabis Control Commission would determine how many licenses are reasonable.

Fifty-seven percent of Vermont voters support allowing adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana, according to a statewide survey of 755 registered voters conducted in March by Public Policy Polling.

It allows retail sales and growing facilities, which are expected to open next year.

Both Beacon Hill proposals restrict marketing and advertising of marijuana products, with strict bans on TV, radio, and billboard advertising that targets underage users.

Not surprisingly, marijuana supporters favor the Senate's more hands-off approach. But numerous rules in both bills are onerous, he said, such as a requirement that anyone working in the commercial marijuana industry undergoes a national background check.

Legislative leaders have set a July 1 deadline to send a compromise to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.

A key difference, however, is while the House envisions all five commissioners working full-time at their jobs, under the Senate bill only the chairman of the panel would be full-time and the others unpaid volunteers.

Christian M. Wade covers the Massachusetts Statehouse for North of Boston Media Group's newspapers and websites.

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