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IncSmart Massachusetts (Small Business and Startups) - House of Representatives in Massachusetts pass a bill that would change the referendum backed by 1.8 million voters seven months ago. The new bill was 126-to-28 vote. This is in opposition to the Senate, which has a much more modest recreational pot law. The new House bill would increase pot taxes to 28 percent 12. In conjunction with the tax increase, the new bill will grant local county and city officials the ability to ban marijuana stores and farms from their communities.
It would also merge oversight of the recreational and medical cannabis markets, establish stringent requirements for testing and pot packaging, and mandate sharp restrictions on marijuana advertising. Growing, buying, possessing, and using limited quantities of marijuana by adults 21 and older would remain legal under the House plan. Four years before the Massachusetts voters approved recreational pot, they agreed to allow 35 dispensaries to grow and sell marijuana for patients. To this day, Massachusetts has only licensed 11 dispensaries.
By David Oliver
Think Smart. Think IncSmart.