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News :: Politics
Proposed Massachusetts Laws Would Reduce Cannabis Liberalization
21 Jan 2017
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Beacon Hill: Massachusetts State Senator Jason M. Lewis proposed legislation Friday, 19 Jan 2017, that would reduce the rights of Massachusetts residence to posess cannabis. Senator Lewis wants to restrict the right of adults to posses or grow marijuana and restrict the ability of retail shops to begin selling cannabis for recreational use next year. A referendum passed by 60% of voters was supposed to have made cannabis a legal, regulated product with specific regulations already spelled out in the law passed.

Senator Lewis is proposing bills that would reduce the amount of cannabis people 21 years and older could possess in their resudebce from 10 ounces to 2 ounces, and the number of marijuana plants people could grow from 12 per household to six per household. The current right of adults to possess and use marijuana would not be eliminated.

The proposed bills would delay when retail cannabis stores could sell popular infused products such as pot brownies, sodas, and massage oils by at least two years. The retail outlets are scheduled to open in July 2018. The laws Senator Lewis has put forth also allow government appointed regulators to permanently ban any cannabis products besides the unadulterated plant matter. The states that already have legal cannabis products find that the foods with cannabis are very popular.

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Re: Proposed Massachusetts Laws Would Reduce Cannabis Liberalization
23 Jan 2017
While I understand the need to properly regulate cannabis as a controlled substance like alcohol this is the equivalent of saying to alcohol consumers "hey you can only have 1 bottle of hard liquor and a single 30 rack at you house. Anymore and we fine you." The voters have spoken in that cannabis, when we'll regulated, is not a threat to public safety. Limiting a consumer to an arbitrary amount because it makes people who do not consume cannabis uncomfortable to see it or know it is nearby is counter to the spirit of the vote that got us here. Just slap a consumption tax of 40% or so on it like other states and let people go on their way. Take some of that revenue and use the brain trust of Massachusetts colleges to figure out how to test drivers and punish them accordingly for OUI's let's move on with this.
Re: Proposed Massachusetts Laws Would Reduce Cannabis Liberalization
26 Jan 2017
Modified: 10:11:53 AM
This law was available to the voting public prior to the ballot.
The people voted for what they knew as a finished product.
People will remember those that administer this at election time.