State lawmakers consider changes to marijuana law

Lawmakers mull age restriction and higher sales tax before pot retailers open doors in 2018.

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts legalized the use of recreational marijuana on Thursday for adults ages 21 and up, but there are some restrictions. It’s illegal to use the drug in public and to sell marijuana without a license.

Retail stores are expected to be open for business in 2018, so adults will have to wait until then to legally purchase pot. And there will be at least a 10 percent tax on the drug.

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But state lawmakers are considering an even higher tax and raising the legal smoking age to 25 next year. Governor Charlie Baker told 22News that “We want to make sure that whatever the cost of overseeing and regulating recreational marijuana is covered by the tax that’s applied to it.”

The state still has to set up an agency and regulations to oversee recreational marijuana sales.