MA lawmakers mull delay in rec marijuana law rollout

Massachusetts state Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, a Democrat who favored adult-use legalization, confirmed that lawmakers are discussing a delay in the rollout of the state’s recreational marijuana law that voters passed on Nov. 8.

He said all deadline dates were “on the table,” according to the Boston Globe. The reason? To give officials more time to craft regulations.

Some key dates include Dec. 15, when the new law says recreational cannabis can be legal to possess and consume for persons 21 years of age and older, and March 1, when the state treasurer is supposed to name the three members of a cannabis commission.

Rosenberg told reporters that if lawmakers slow the program’s rollout, “it’s going to be a very time-limited delay,” according to the Globe.

The newspaper also reported that any changes in the timeline could be made during informal legislative sessions that take place over the holidays. Few elected officials attend those sessions.

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg has also spoken in favor of delays, while Gov. Charlie Baker – an opponent of legalization – wants to implement the new law “briskly.”

4 comments on “MA lawmakers mull delay in rec marijuana law rollout
  1. Jared on

    I’m not against raising the tax a bit. It would serve to protect medicinal dispensaries where pacientes don’t pay taxes. Also home grows need to be allowed but should be up to fire code. Besides that let’s get this show on the road. The people have spoken. #legalized

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  2. Doug Nickerson on

    How gullible do they think we are? “The newspaper also reported that any changes in the timeline could be made during informal legislative sessions that take place over the holidays. Few elected officials attend those sessions.” Why the rush ? They must be planning to delay homegrown, what else in Question 4 goes into effect that quickly. During informal sessions it only takes one legislator to prevent any changes. So call your state representative and state senator, let them know that their inaction to prevent changes speaks as loudly as their actions. https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

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  3. Lawrence Goodwin on

    I am grateful to the voters of Massachusetts for so decisively defying federal “marihuana” law. It’s about time that started happening on the East Coast. May the cannabis seeds get into dirt in MA with minimal delay. Meanwhile, across the border in New York, state lawmakers and local officials keep refusing to scale back their relentless repression of nearly all cannabis commerce (excepting tightly restricted medical sales of pills, mouth sprays and vaporizable oils). The sheriff of Rensselaer County, which borders MA, is already boasting how many NY adults he will bust on the roadways after they purchase seedless, female flowers and other cannabis products from legal MA businesses. Absolute anti-marijuana tyranny in NY may never cease, costing taxpayers many billions more and smothering any progress for NY’s cannabis trade.

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