I just wrote a quick letter to my rep…
I’ve discussed it with my rep. He supports keeping the law as enacted. He is in the minority though…
I know right! That’s fantastic the Pat’s signed Cooks!
I think the packies sellin Pot is a great idea! In theory anyway. I think it’s gonna be an interesting journey.
That’s New England for you. Only good thing out of it is SNOW DAY!!!
And low PPM water for the girls
And rain here…lots of rain…lol
@bob31 and myself seem to be in the jackpot range. I don’t feel like a winner about it though.
I just got an update from the national weather service. 14-20 inches for the Merrimack valley @Matthew420
Wow… That was weird
Timing is everything
Yeah I guess. Freaking me out a little hahaha
Tomorrow gonna be a long day!
Yes sir it is
In the news today!
Group Urges MA Lawmakers to Hold off on Cannabis Law Changes
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 14, 2017
BOSTON (AP) — The group behind a ballot initiative that legalized recreational cannabis in Massachusetts is now urging state legislators to keep the new law intact.
The appeal from Yes on 4 came one week before the Legislature’s marijuana policy committee was scheduled to open public hearings on possible revisions to the law, which allows adults to possess an ounce or less of marijuana and grow up to a dozen cannabis plants in their homes.
Jim Borghesani, a spokesman for the group, accused policymakers of creating a “false narrative” around the notion that the voter-approved measure, as currently written, is flawed.
“The new law requires no legislative fixes,” he said.
Before considering changes, Borghesani said, lawmakers should defer to the yet-to-be-appointed Cannabis Control Commission, a three-member panel that will serve as the regulatory body for recreational marijuana in the state. If necessary, the commission could later make recommendations to the Legislature for any changes, he added.
The Legislature has already voted to delay for six months several key deadlines contained in the law, including the original March 1 deadline for appointing the commission. The delay is likely to push the opening of the first retail shops in Massachusetts back to mid-2018 at the earliest.
Borghesani said Massachusetts is the only one of the eight states where recreational marijuana was approved by voters to delay the timetable for implementation or consider a significant overhaul.
Legislative leaders on Monday appeared unmoved by the group’s plea to leave the law alone.
“It’s not our intention to undermine the will of the voters, it’s our intention to get it right,” said Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg. His comments were echoed by Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who shared advice offered by officials in states that previously legalized recreational marijuana.
“Almost to a person they said you should make sure you have enough time to set this thing up in such a way that you’re not constantly chasing it,” Baker said.
The legislative committee, chaired by Rep. Mark Cusack, of Braintree, and Sen. Patricia Jehlen, of Somerville, could explore a number of changes including an increase in taxes. The law currently calls for a 3.75 percent excise on marijuana sales, applied on top of the state’s regular 6.25 percent sales tax and a 2 percent local-option tax.
Critics have questioned whether the tax would generate enough revenue to cover the cost of regulating the drug.
Since the Massachusetts vote, lawmakers in neighboring states including Rhode Island and Connecticut have been considering the possibility of legalization more seriously. A public hearing was held at the Connecticut Statehouse last week on several bills that would allow for the cultivation and retail sale of marijuana.
So what does this mean?
So, sounds like still no idea what’s going to happen… Other than lawmakers being stupid.
IMHO discrimination in the workplace is a real concern. As far as I know, there is no provision for protection for MM patients in the workplace. As the law currently stands, testing + for THC even with a MM card is grounds for termination. There was a case last June in MA that illustrates this. My opinion is a MM patient who doesn’t medicate during work hours (or before work overlapping into work time) should NOT be discriminated against.
Here is that case, if anyone has more info on this aspect of med Mmj law (in MA or elsewhere) I’d appreciate it!