NORML Breaking News: Marijuana Legalization Bills Introduced In Massachusetts!

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director March 23, 2009

    UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! Listen to the NORML Audio Stash today (March 25) for a discussion of Massachusetts’ tax and regulate proposals with Richard Evans. Click here to tune in.

    California’s highly publicized effort to legalize the commercial cultivation and sale of cannabis is getting some well-deserved company!

    A pair of bills — House Bill 2929 and Senate Bill 1801 — seeking to “tax and regulate the cannabis industry” have just been introduced in the Massachusetts legislature.

    These proposals seek to legally regulate the commercial production and distribution of marijuana for adults over 21 years of age.  Like California’s proposal, they would impose licensing requirements and excise taxes on the retail sale of cannabis. By some estimates, these taxes could raise nearly $100 million in annual state revenue.

    Adults who possess or grow marijuana for personal use, or who engage in the non-profit transfer of cannabis, would not be subject to taxation under the law.

    You can read more about these bills at the new website: http://www.cantaxreg.com. If you live in Massachusetts, we urge you to write your elected officials in support of H. 2929 and S. 1801 by going here.

    “Decades of whispered grumblings about the wisdom and efficacy of prohibition is rapidly giving way to a serious—really serious public discussion about how to replace it,” said former NORML Board Member Richard Evans, who assisted in drafting the landmark legislation. “Those who consider themselves leaders in government and the media have the obligation to either show how prohibition can be made to work, or join in the exploration of alternatives.”

    We can’t think of a better place to begin this discussion on the east coast than Massachusetts, where last November 65 percent of voters endorsed a statewide initiative reclassifying marijuana possession as a fine-only offense under state law.  Will a majority of Bay State voters also support legalization? We may soon find out!

    295 responses to “NORML Breaking News: Marijuana Legalization Bills Introduced In Massachusetts!”

    1. Mark says:


    2. Eric says:

      Why is the age for all of these proposals set at 21? What’s wrong with age 18?

    3. Buggsy13420666 says:

      We need HOUSE BILLS like this in Indiana, THE BACKWARD STATE.

    4. Anonymous says:

      The dominos are starting to fall

    5. DrMummy says:


      This is awesome news.

      Made my night.

    6. Nate says:

      My state! Yes baby, you can bet I will be donating, calling my representatives, all that and spreading the word. I am excited now.

      California and Massachusetts can set the pace for the rest of the country.

    7. Zach B. says:

      If we are ever gonna stand a chance at legalization we have to show that more then California want it. This is great, wouldn’t be suprised to see other states step up in the coming weeks, or months.

    8. High East says:


      Good news around every corner!

    9. Brad says:

      This is excellent! Hopefully both California and Massachusetts both pass the laws and other states will introduce legislation as well.

    10. David says:

      Holy crap, go Massachusetts! Make it happen out there!