Massachusetts: Governor Signs Legislation Delaying Retail Marijuana Sales

Boston, MA: Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation into law Friday amending the state’s voter-initiated marijuana law.

The legislation, which was passed unopposed by fewer than a dozen lawmakers during an informal legislative session, delays the timeline for the establishment of licensed marijuana sales from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018.

Separate provisions in the law that eliminate penalties for adults who privately possess or grow personal use quantities of cannabis took effect in mid-December.

Governor Baker and other political leaders were outspoken in their opposition to the law’s passage, and have also suggested further amending the measure in a manner that would increase sales tax rates and potentially infringe upon adults’ right to cultivate the plant at home.

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