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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 […]

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Marijuana Legalization Testimony Heard at Mass. State House

Marijuana Legalization Testimony Heard at Mass. State House

A Massachusetts legislator’s bill to legalize and tax cannabis in the Bay State was reviewed by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on Tuesday, with testimony from supporters lasting well into the evening. Although the bill received very little testimony in opposition, it is unlikely that the legislature will act on it this session, says the bill’s […]

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Medical Marijuana at the Statehouse – 2012 Could See Medical Marijuana States Double

Medical Marijuana at the Statehouse – 2012 Could See Medical Marijuana States Double

Since California voters made it the first medical marijuana state in 1996, other states have come on board at a rate a little better than one a year. Now, 15 years later, 16 states and the District of Columbia have effective medical marijuana laws, and by year’s end, we could have 17 or 18 more. […]

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Mass. Murderer: Lawmaker Kills Medical Marijuana Bills Yet Again

Mass. Murderer: Lawmaker Kills Medical Marijuana Bills Yet Again

In what seems to be an annual event in Massachusetts, state Representative Jeffery Sánchez has once again sent promising medical marijuana legislation to study – effectively killing the bills early in this legislative session. Sánchez, a Democrat representing progressive arts community Jamaica Plain, is the chair of the Joint Committee of Public Health. This week, he sent […]

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Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Likely in 2012… But Which Bill Will Pass First?

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Likely in 2012… But Which Bill Will Pass First?

Marijuana reform activists in Massachusetts are hopeful that 2012 will finally bring a long anticipated medical marijuana law to the Bay State, but which bill will become law is yet to be determined. There are presently four separate medical marijuana proposals pending on Beacon Hill for legislators to consider in 2012. There is also a […]

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Joint Committee on the Judiciary Hearing October 5!

A complete list of bills to be heard is here: http://www.malegislature.gov/Events/EventDetail?eventId=276&eventDataSource=Hearings Committee members Please be vocal!  Thanking those who support S. 818 and opposing the madness. The Good: S00818, By Mr. McGee, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 818) of Jehlen, Creem, Tolman and other members of the Senate for legislation relative to the arrest […]

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Massachusetts medical marijuana bill would establish regulation system with statewide dispensaries

A bill pending in the state legislature could make Massachusetts the 17th state in the country to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. If the legislation is passed, patients suffering from a range of illnesses such as HIV, AIDS, cancer, glaucoma or other degenerative diseases could, with their doctor’s prescription, purchase marijuana to ease symptoms caused by the disease or […]

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AP: Bill in Mass. would legalize medical marijuana

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana to ease symptoms of chronic and debilitating illnesses and regulate the centers that distribute the drug. “Marijuana has proven its medical efficacy,” Rep. Frank Smizik, D-Brookline, testified before the Legislature’s public health committee Tuesday. “This bill is about more than just commonsense; […]

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WWLP: 22News inFocus: The Marijuana Bill

A new bill sponsored by a state representative from Hampshire County calls for the legalization of marijuana. Amherst State Representative Ellen Story is the lead sponsor of the bill, which would legalize marijuana and tax it to generate revenue for our cash-strapped state. The law would be regulated and taxed like alcohol. READ MORE: The Marijuana […]

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Mass. Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on legalizing marihuana

Georgetown, MA – Today the House and Senate concurred in referring “The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act”, H01371 to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. The Committee’s Senate Chair, Cynthia Creem (D-Newton) is on record as agreeing with her constituents to support regulation and taxation. Mass Cann’s President Michael Crawford of Cambridge said, “Mass Cann […]

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