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About-face on marijuana

About-face on marijuana

Some towns voted for pot in fall, against in spring

THERE’S BEEN A LOT of pot talk lately on Beacon Hill, as the House and Senate battle back and forth over whether changes should be made (and which ones) to the law voters approved last fall legalizing recreational marijuana. But there has also been a lot of chatter at the local level, where communities concerned(...)

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House to roll out rewrite of legal pot bill

House to roll out rewrite of legal pot bill

Reps set to vote on changing ballot question on Thursday; Senate plans unclear

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE LEADERSHIP WILL unveil its proposal to overhaul the voter-backed law legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts on Wednesday, setting up an expected debate and vote before the full membership on Thursday. The bill’s details have been held tightly by those writing the legislation, but it is widely expected to address the tax(...)

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The Codcast: Goldberg wants to keep her sight on pot

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(...)

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Rosenberg: Legal age for marijuana use should be 25

Rosenberg: Legal age for marijuana use should be 25

"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(...)

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Pot supporters say ballot question about fairness

Pot supporters say ballot question about fairness

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(...)

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The Codcast: Stirring the pot over the marijuana initiative

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(...)

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