Massachusetts Bill to Legalize Marijuana

A bill calling for the legalization, regulation and taxation of recreational marijuana has been introduced into the Massachusetts Legislature.

According to The 420 Times, "The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act", which was drafted by attorney Richard M. Evans and introduced by Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst), would legalize the possession, consumption and sale of marijuana. An age limit of 21 and multiple fee-requiring licenses would also be established.

The bill includes specific regulations and limits, such as processors of marijuana only being able to process the cannabis into one ounce packages, a $5000 fine for driving while high and specific indoor locations to sell the product.

As noted in The Daily Collegian, the bill would also erect a Cannabis Control Authority. Made up of seven part-time directors serving seven-year terms and collecting salaries 20% that of the governor's, the group would oversee the Massachusetts cannabis industry, create regulations and rules, revoke licenses in the case of transgressing any laws pertaining to marijuana and its distribution, approve licenses for cannabis and collect $10 excise taxes per one percent of THC per one ounce of marijuana.

While many are glad to see such a bill in the legislature, they still maintain a cautious outlook on the likelihood of the bill actually passing.

Although he created it, Evans believes that the bill won't pull through because the legislature "won’t touch the legalization bill with a 10-foot pole.” He further states that supporters of the bill are reluctant to voice their approval because of fear that they will be labeled drug addicts.

A ballot initiative, Evans claims, would be a more effective first step towards the legalization of cannabis.

However, such an initiative would have to wait until 2014 to be introduced because under the law, highly similar proposals cannot be filed within four years of each other.

Nevertheless, Massachusetts is still a focal point in the crusade to legalize marijuana. According to The MetroWest Daily News, since 2000, voters in the state have had a positive reaction to every question pertaining to the easing of restrictions on weed.

- Article from Digital Journal.

Comments

Wow, $10 per percent THC per

Wow, $10 per percent THC per ounce!!! That means a good strain, with 15% THC, would have a $150 tax per ounce! That's in addition to its retail cost. Maybe it's just me, but that does not sound like a good strategy for eliminating the black market. On the other hand, it's legalization and at least a first step. If nothing else, it just might make the prohibitionists satisfied that they will still be punishing smokers, kind of like a fine.

A little too much

I hope that was a misprint and it was only $1 per percent.

JUST SAY NOW!

Don't Believe Everything You Read

IF they actually managed to get the bill passed, there would still be a long battle with the federal government ahead. It might be years before it actually took effect, if ever. But, for argument's sake, let's assume it happened. The taxing of cannabis at $10/1%THC/Oz would simply force sellers to give much more accurate percentages for their merchandise. You could expect the "stated" percentages to drop considerably, down to between 1% to 5% by weight. This is the range where most cannabis falls in reality. The numbers they use now are just BS. 15-20% by weight MAY be accurate for the resin content, but the THC content is just a fraction of that. You would have to be buying hashish to get something with that percentage of THC.

I won't cite all the relevant studies done which support my numbers but, I will say that Maijuana Man has done an episode on the subject and he came to the same conclusion. Don't believe what the dispensaries and seed-sellers tell you concerning the "percentage" of their products. They are under no obligation to tell you the true figures, something which this provision of the bill might just change. Now that's change I can believe in.

price of tea in china

couldnt agree with you more. i come from a little hovel called bend oregon and as we speak 5 dispensaries have popped up in my little shanty. they are charging 60 bucks a gram for hashish without a % content tax. on the street i pay 8$ a gram full melt bubble. some sort of regulation needs to be imposed to prevent this kind of crooked inflation. im a grower myself and after covering costs i still make a profit at 7-10 bucks a gram depending on quality plus i give away at least a qp per month. so i know theres no legitimate reason for the cost. on the other hand they will never be in competition with me as things are. my product is less costly and superior. i dont know im really on the fence on this one

price of tea in china

couldnt agree with you more. i come from a little hovel called bend oregon and as we speak 5 dispensaries have popped up in my little shanty. they are charging 60 bucks a gram for hashish without a % content tax. on the street i pay 8$ a gram full melt bubble. some sort of regulation needs to be imposed to prevent this kind of crooked inflation. im a grower myself and after covering costs i still make a profit at 7-10 bucks a gram depending on quality plus i give away at least a qp per month. so i know theres no legitimate reason for the cost. on the other hand they will never be in competition with me as things are. my product is less costly and superior. i dont know im really on the fence on this one

It's probably unworkable without a Lab set up to measure THC

I can't imagine the State accepting the word of any supplier and an "official" measurement would have to be taken at random. The scope of this enforcement effort would be complicated.

people are afriad to voice

people are afriad to voice their support for legalization because they're afraid of being labeled as drug addicts? what a fucking joke. if someone comes into your home and see you holding a can of beer its just fucking normal, you're not an alcoholic and you're not a drug addict. but if you so much as voice your support for legalization, you're a drug addict. thats fucking messed up

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