The legislation establishes rules and regulations governing a commercial cannabis industry in the state.
After multiple delays, regulators are finally moving forward with draft regulations to implement the state’s 2016 voter-approved initiative legalizing the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana.
Legislation permitting the possession, use, cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis takes effect this Wednesday, October 17.
Select retailers will begin engaging in adult use marijuana sales on the morning of Monday, January 1. California joins Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in permitting cannabis sales to those over the age of 21.
With little debate, House and Senate lawmakers voted today to significantly amend Massachusetts’ voter-initiated marijuana law. NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri called lawmakers’ decision a “slap in the face” to the nearly two million Massachusetts voters who decided in favor of Question 4 on Election Day.
[UPDATE: Gov. Baker signed the language into law on Friday, December 30.]
Sixty-one percent of respondents said that they supported legislation to regulate and tax retail sales of marijuana to adults age 21 and over. Respondents’ support rose to 69 percent when pollsters indicated that sales taxes would be used to fund health-related programs.