Saturday, January 22, 2011

Marijuana News from Beacon Hill‏

Dick Evans makes a good point on Beacon Hill


Rep. Story's legislative aide reports that she has filed/sponsored the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act, last session's S1801/H2929 with some tweaks. The docket number (not bill number) is H1091. (I am puzzled by the "petition of" language on the first page, but have been assured that it was filed NOT "by request.")

Senator Rosenberg of Amherst has filed/sponsored The Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Act, which not only protects patients from prosecution, etc., but also authorizes up to nineteen licensed and regulated production/distribution facilities ("Medical Treatment centers"), with sales subject to the usual retail sales tax. Its docket number is S0678. I understand that Frank Smizek has filed the same bill on the House side.

Other legislators now have a week or so to sign on as co-sponsors. Then the bills will be numbered and printed.

There's no doubt in my mind that Rep. Story--and likely Sen. Rosenberg as well--were strongly motivated to file these bills as a response to the PPQs last November, wherein 69% of the voters in her district instructed her to do just this. Bravo MassCann and DPFMA!

Cheers all. We have lots to talk about. But for now, let the word go forth, and let us encourage as many "thank yous" as we can to these legislators.

Cannabem liberemus.


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