Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beacon Hill wants to ignore the will of the voters

 This wont end well for those on the Hill who sign on to the revised ballot question language. Doubling the tax will fuel the black market.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/06/14/marijuana-bill-massachusetts-recreational-taxes/

By Bob Salsberg, ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A sharply divided legislative committee has voted to
advance a bill that makes major changes to the voter-approved
recreational marijuana bill, including higher taxes and more control for
local officials over pot shops in their communities.

None of the seven senators on the Legislature’s Marijuana Policy
Committee voted in favor of the bill on Wednesday, and some House
members also expressed reservations.

Democratic Sen. Patricia Jehlen, the panel’s co-chair, said the bill
drafted by the House “assaults the will of the voters.”

The proposal would more than double the current 12 percent tax on
recreational marijuana, making a total tax of 28 percent. It was
revealed on Thursday that due to a possible drafting error, the
compounded tax rate could go as high as 55 percent, higher than any
other U.S. state where recreational marijuana is legal

4 Comments:

At June 15, 2017 at 9:39 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

So it appears that Deleo will not hold a vote today, but rather next week. I hope it's not done in the middle of the night when no one is watching.

 
At June 15, 2017 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take it as a good sign they are holding the vote. Means they are not sure it will pass as currently written. Keep pushing those pols to respect the will of the voter and do what the voters have already voted on

 
At June 21, 2017 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

So the House will debate their version of the re-write of Q4. The senate is out with theirs and there's a huge difference. Senator Pat Jehlan has stood tall for the voters. It goes to conference committee and must be ironed out by next week. Issue's at hand are the tax rate, getting voter approval to ban pot shops or allowing Mayor's/BOS to decide the fate of those business.
Mass Cann NOML will be on the steps of the State House, but the horse is out of the barn and as much as I love a good peaceful protest, unless you get thousands protesting, lawmakers just laugh and ignore them.

 
At June 22, 2017 at 11:55 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

So the bad news is our own Chris Walsh voted in favor of the re-write of Q4 on the Hill last night. What a back stabbing idiot. He has not herd the end of this. I will haunt him at every chance I get.
And one other kicker.. his office geek tells me after the Senate does their thing, it will go to conference committee. Who the hell cares. The house set the bar and the senate will come to the middle. None of them seem to care about the voters who have already voted on this. What a drag it is.

 

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