Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill, Starts July 1

Massachusetts voters approved the end of marijuana prohibition for adults over the age of 21 in November of last year, but lengthy debates over the final guidelines of that legalization have held up implementation until now.

On July 19, the Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate passed H. 3818, which aimed to modify a number of areas of concern for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as well as bridge the gap between conflicting bills that had been passed in recent months but couldn’t get to Governor Baker’s desk.

It seems both lawmaking bodies in Massachusetts were motivated to move into the next phase of legalization, as the revised bill passed easily in both the State Senate and House.

Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed the final revised version of H. 3818 into law, officially legalizing the regulation and taxation of marijuana in Massachusetts. This new recreational law will complement the existing medical marijuana law that has been on the books since 2012 in the Commonwealth.

Though retail operations were supposed to be…

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