Baker reviewing bill to delay retail marijuana sales to July 2018
- Author: Delores Daniels Jan 01, 2017,
Jan 01, 2017, 0:18
The passage of the measure in the Senate took less than a minute, with just two of the chamber's lawmakers present for the vote - Democratic Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, and Republican Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr.
The Massachusetts Legislature on Wednesday delayed the key provisions of new recreational marijuana law after which the backer of the provisions are not happy. But what it's nearly certain to do is push back the timetable for opening retail marijuana stores from the beginning of 2018 until the middle of that year.
The ballot initiative that allows adults 21 and over to possess and use limited amounts of recreational marijuana and grow as many as a dozen pot plants in their homes was approved by 53.7 percent of voters on November 8 and took effect December 15.
The legislators claim that they need more time to tinker with the ballot measure that was approved by voters during last month's election.
The legislation was passed with little prior notice and without debate during informal sessions of the House and Senate attended by only a handful of lawmakers. The commission would regulate recreational recreational marijuana sales in the state.
Those joining the rally will call on Gov. Charlie Baker to dismiss the legislation.
"I just can't wrap my head around why lawmakers would want to delay people from being able to go into a regulated, tax paying, job-creating store to buy marijuana", Angell told The Root.
Borghesani argued, though, that ballot measure had already factored in implementation concerns, said the Herald.
"The legislature has a responsibility to implement the will of the voters while also protecting public health and public safety", Rosenberg said in a statement. Voters approved a ballot measure on November 8 that would allow marijuana to be sold legally in MA following in the footsteps of Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.
Without permitted recreational dispensaries, users will be forced to turn to the black market, Mr. Elrick said.
Lizzy Guyton, a spokeswoman for Baker, said he would be working with public health officials and others to put legalized sales in place, said Reuters. "I'd be very surprised if people didn't offer an amendment".
"The voters have made the decision; this is clearly not a positive first sign that the Legislature will act in good conscience from what the voters wanted", he said.