Marijuana law rewrite criticized, DeLeo postpones debate – News – The Enterprise, Brockton, MA – Massachusetts News

Marijuana law rewrite criticized, DeLeo postpones debate – News – The Enterprise, Brockton, MA – Massachusetts News

BOSTON — House leadership-backed legislation overhauling the marijuana law approved by voters last year came under fire from multiple sides Wednesday and by the end of the day, Speaker Robert DeLeo opted to push off Thursday’s planned debate to next week.

House leaders planned to bring the bill rewriting the voter-approved marijuana legalization law to the floor Thursday afternoon, but DeLeo told reporters after a roughly 90-minute Democratic caucus that the House will work to perfect the bill.

“Number one, I think there were some procedural issues that were raised earlier in the day to me and secondly although I’d have to say that the caucus I thought went very well, people expressed concerns,” DeLeo said. “There are certain things that we have to clear up and so because of that I think it’s important that with a bill of this magnitude that we try to get it right or as close to right the first time, and so I’d rather do that than rush it or try to rush it through tomorrow.”

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DeLeo said the issues that need to be addressed include “some general clean-up stuff relative to language, the meaning of certain phrases” and unspecified procedural issues. He said he expects that lawmakers will still meet their self-imposed deadline of June 30 to get a bill to the governor’s desk.

Among the issues expected to be ironed out before the bill resurfaces next week is the proposed tax rate on marijuana sales.

The bill as written would raise the tax rate on retail marijuana…

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