New recreational marijuana law could be delayed until 2018

State leaders are considering whether to delay parts of the marijuana legalization law

BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts voters passed a ballot question in November to legalize the use of recreational marijuana by December 15. Governor’s Councilor Michael Albano told 22News that implementing the law could be delayed until 2018.

“It should’ve been done in my view. There was a date on it. It was set by the Supreme Judicial Court. The referendum question was approved and that should’ve taken priority,” said Albano.

The 2016 election results must be certified by the Secretary of State’s office and then the eight members of the Governor’s Council before it can be official.

Massachusetts became the first state on the East Coast to legalize recreational pot for people ages 21 and up. The law attaches a 10% tax on the drug and allows adults to grow up to six marijuana plants at home. Several members of the Governor’s Council told 22News they stand ready to certify the ballot results as soon as the Secretary of State’s office sends it over to them.

“I even said give me a range as to certain dates, from this date to that date, and Galvin’s office couldn’t give us any clarity, any possible dates as to when it will be certified,” said Christopher Iannella of the Governor’s Council.

Top state leaders are considering whether to delay parts of the marijuana legalization law so that they can make changes to the legislation.