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Legislation Would Drastically Alter State’s New Marijuana Law

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Senator Jason Lewis wants to reduce how many plants you can grow and how much marijuana you can possess. Currently, the law allows an adult over 21 years of age to possess 10 ounces of marijuana in their homes and grow up to 12 plants. The senator wants to reduce home growth to six plants and home possession of marijuana to 2 ounces.

Legislation was filed on January 20 for consideration, according to The Boston Globe. This could further delay the opening of retail marijuana shops until, past July 2018. It may also delay the sales of edibles and massage oils (and other marijuana-infused products) by two years or more.

Also in consideration, under filed legislation, would give lawmakers the potential to permanently ban anything other than dry marijuana flower.

Taking legislation even further, the filed bills also give local governments more power over the marijuana industry, including banning them, moratoriums and strict zoning regulations to name a few powers.

Lawmakers are in support of reducing home possession and home growth amounts.

Lewis said, “I think that when the voters voted on Nov. 8, they voted to make it legal and safe to possess, use, purchase, sell, and to grow marijuana, including in their own homes. I don’t believe that people were voting on things like whether you should be able to homegrow three plants, or six plants, or 12 plants. Or whether the marijuana tax rate was 3.75-percent or 5-percent or 12-percent. It’s in everybody’s best interest, including the advocates, that we do this right in Massachusetts and we do this in a way that is safe and that protects public health and safety.”

Some say the bills introduced by Senator Lewis go too far.

Jim Borghesani, representing Marijuana Policy Project in Massachusetts said, “Many of the bills filed by Senator Lewis show little respect for the 1.8 million Massachusetts voters who decided to end prohibition in the Commonwealth. These proposals go too far in unwinding the will of the people and provide further evidence that Senator Lewis, who was a leading opponent of Question 4, would be an inappropriate choice to chair the proposed special committee on marijuana.”

Further discussions have not been scheduled yet.