Massachusetts gov plans hands-off approach to any changes in marijuana rules

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will take his cues from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission on any proposed changes to the state’s marijuana law, in the wake of a high-profile political arrest centered around marijuana licenses.

The Republican was asked if any changes were needed after Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was recently arrested on charges he conspired to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies seeking to operate marijuana businesses.

Under state law, communities may charge marijuana businesses for anticipated municipal costs related to expenses like such as traffic control or police protection.

Baker said he would take “guidance on something like that from the commission” adding they are the ones “dealing with this sort of thing every single day.”

Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, both Democrats, said they’d consider taking action if any legislation is filed.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily.