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Massachusetts Marijuana Policy: The State vs. The People

Massachusetts, along with three other states, has legalized marijuana for recreational use in the recent voting cycle. The law would permit adults, 21 and older, to use cannabis in the vicinity of their own home, and grow up to six plants at a time. The sale of marijuana, however, has been a very controversial issue in the recent days. Lawmakers have made Massachusetts marijuana policy tailored to their political interests and beliefs. The people of Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana and now a few legislators decided to undermine the democratic system to change the law that the population was in favor of. The last-minute decision consisted of seven legislators deciding that businesses and the people of Massachusetts will have to wait another six months for the sale of marijuana for recreational use to be legal. What is our government so afraid of anyways? New studies will help end the prohibition on marijuana, and the government will soon have to apologize for their ‘naïveté.’ For now, Massachusetts marijuana policy is the perfect example of how the government is trying to undercut its people.

This November, Massachusetts voters decided to make recreational marijuana legal, able be bought and sold in a store by January 2018. But this week, state lawmakers quietly voted to delay the sale date by at least six months.

The delay has some marijuana-legalization advocates outraged, less so because they’ll have to wait a few months to buy pot and more so because they feel the legislature is trying to subvert the will of the people by fundamentally changing what they voted for. A similar skirmish is happening in Maine over minimum wage, and both have progressives worried their opponents are trying to delay or even reverse their remarkable success via ballot initiatives.

“No legislature has inserted themselves in such a way as to extend timelines,” said Jim Borghesani, the director of communications for the Massachusetts campaign to legalize marijuana. “It’s direct democracy by the voters, whether you like it or not.”

read more at thecannabist.co

Despite the drawback, marijuana companies are already seeing potential in the northeastern state. AmeriCann agreed to purchase land in Freetown, MA to make the largest growing facility in the country.

 

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Brian Wroblewski

Brian Wroblewski has a passion for writing, travel, food and family. Since working in and around the cannabis industry since 2008, Brian brings a unique perspective to the cannabis journalism space. With a focus on emerging brands, moving the cannabis industry forward and an undeniable passion for truth in business and journalism, find some of Brian's posts across the web on digital marketing, cannabis and a variety of different topics.

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