Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Bill Gets Hearing

Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Bill Gets Hearing

A bill that would legalize the possession of and commerce in marijuana got a hearing at the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary Tuesday. While even the bill’s sponsor conceded it was unlikely to pass, it helps lay the groundwork for a proposed marijuana legalization initiative down the line.

Marijuana possession was decriminalized by popular vote in 2008, but people can still be fined and have their marijuana seized, and marijuana commerce remains illegal.

The bill, House Bill 1371, sponsored by Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst), would legalize marijuana and “establish a tax on the cannabis industry.”

“The state needs to make money,” Story told her colleagues in the committee. “This would allow the state to benefit from marijuana by regulating it.”

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The Daily Chronic, March 8, 2012

  • Ozly The Warlock

    My pseudonym is Ozly, and I live in Massachusetts, I was recently arrested for possession among others things after a search and seizure in my own home. This bill brings hope to me and many others who face harsh penalties that hearken back to an era of draconian law, government fear tactics, hellacious lies and propaganda. Keep fighting not only the good fight but the logical fight!

  • http://google s1lencer69

    that is very true. i know alot of people that smoke weed and they just want to do it without getting in trouble. they are always watching out for cops.

  • dp420

    i live in massachusetts and i’m epilupic i had a one in my yard and came to handcuffed in a cruzer be read my rights so yeah a little unfare to say the least because i had pot in my hand and couldn’t get my pipe in time to stop it from even happening

  • anonymous

    Wtf at the first comment here? You only get a hudred dollar fine if you have an ounce or less. so wht exactly were you doing with all that weed? probably dealing? we dont want drug dealers in our state GTFO of here

  • Jenks1734

    Does anyone know where one can find “Vote Yes on Question 3″ Signs because i have hundreds of people from Plymouth, MA to Boston, Ma that would be thrilled to support the cause. Im lookin to place hundreds on lawns and have hundreds of people holding these signs outside of electoral locations like town halls or other community centers. If anyone knows who to contact or where to go please comment back. Thank you.

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