Massachusetts picks panel to draft rec cannabis compromise

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A six-member House-Senate conference committee has been selected to try to create a compromise bill to revamp the voter-approved recreational marijuana law in Massachusetts.

Legislative leaders assigned the panel Friday after the House formally rejected the Senate version of the bill.

The House conferees are Republican Hannah Kane and Democrats Mark Cusack and Ron Mariano, the majority leader. The Senate negotiators are Democrats Patricia Jehlen and William Brownsberger and Republican Vinny deMacedo.

Cusack and Jehlen were co-chairs of the Marijuana Policy Committee that spent months reviewing the law that makes recreational cannabis legal for adults. But the House and Senate went separate ways in the past week, with the House passing an extensive overhaul of the law and the Senate opting for a more modest set of revisions.

The House bill, which passed 126-28, calls for raising the tax on retail cannabis sales from 12% to 28%, among other changes.

– Associated Press