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. Robert Fennell says:


    2. Chump Spotter says:

      Great “MASS” all mighty! Wonderful!

    3. Mot says:

      Holy shit $250 tax per ounce.

    4. Dan says:

      We can hope, can’t we?

    5. WIll says:


    6. Stefan Taylor says:

      I see the end of prohibition coming very soon. This is great news, these kinds of bills pump me up more than ever. They show the real progress!

    7. Is it going to be legal for visitors in Massachusetts?

    8. Jerry Moler says:

      And I thought the only progressive coast was the west coast. Three cheers for Mass. I say goodby to prohibition and hello to the intelligent path of legalization, regulation and taxation. I bet the pro prohibition politicians will be flooded with money from the drug cartels to put down this bill!!!
      I for one will be cheering for the people of mass. to do the right thing and lead us out of the darkness and show us the way forward.

    9. steve-o says:

      and the domino effect begins

    10. Jeff says:


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