Thankfully, the Massachusetts Senate hasn’t yet buckled to the House’s repeal and rewrite of Question 4 legalizing Cannabis and the legislature blew its self-imposed June 30th deadline for a ball. The Senate bills is much closer to what voters approved, so in this showdown, they don’t have to concede to the House.
The differences between the House bill and Question 4 include:
- sharply raise total pot taxes to a mandatory 28 percent, from a maximum of 12 percent in the ballot question;
- give municipal officials, instead of local voters, the power to ban cannabis shops and farms from their communities.
MassCANN/NORML is urging voters to support the Senate Bill.
The legislature is back in session Wednesday. Please find your House legislator’s contact info and give them a call to urge them to pressure the conference committee to adopt the Senate’s Bill, or better, leave the text of Question 4 alone. Here is how the House voted: