SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State lawmakers introduced a bill to regulate and tax marijuana the same way that alcohol is in Massachusetts.
The bill proposes licensed businesses to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older if marijuana becomes legalized for recreational use. A question on the 2016 ballot will ask voters if they want to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts.
Patrick Kelly of Springfield told 22News he thinks this bill would be a good baseline to establish some regulation. “They’re doing this in Colorado, and it’s bringing a lot of money into their state. It’s also probably causing some after effects and some problems. I definitely think it should be taxed, and I think the money should pay for some of these programs we’ve got.”
The bill would also establish specific licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, processing facilities, and testing facilities.