State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg says when she talks to counterparts around the country, there is one aspect of her job that stops them in their tracks: Her office’s regulation of the state’s liquor industry. Goldberg now has another mood-altering substance to oversee with the passage of the ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. Under the(...)
"It's not going to be a popular proposal, I'm sure of that"
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG WANTS his fellow lawmakers to consider raising the age for legal marijuana use to 25, a policy change he expects to be unpopular. Marijuana use, possession and home-growing become legal for adults aged 21 and over on Thursday after the passage of a ballot question in the(...)
Pols in favor say it's a matter of racial justice as well as new revenue
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS PROPONENTS GATHERED outside the State House Wednesday to urge support for marijuana legalization and condemn arguments against it as rooted in fear, opponents of a ballot question to allow the adult use of marijuana released a list of 119 members of the Legislature opposing legalization. Massachusetts voters will decide at(...)
Is legal marijuana too much too soon, putting the state imprimatur on use of a potentially addictive drug that could have unpredictable ripple effects? Or is it about time to sanction and regulate a substance that many see as no more harmful than alcohol and, in some ways, not as bad? In November, Massachusetts voters(...)