The special Massachusetts Senate Committee on Marijuana is scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. ET in the Senate Reading Room of the State House to release its report regarding the potential impact of regulating marijuana for adult use. Backers of a proposed November ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Massachusetts will hold a media availability outside the Senate Reading Room immediately following the news conference to respond to the report.
The report is expected to include recommendations for regulations that should be enacted if marijuana prohibition is repealed by the legislature this session or by voters in November. Members of the committee traveled to Colorado in January to examine the state's system of regulating marijuana cultivation and sales for adult use.
"We commend the Senate committee members for traveling to Colorado to examine the state's marijuana regulatory system," said CRMLA Communications Director Jim Borghesani. "Based on news accounts of the trip, however, it appears some committee members traveled to Colorado with a bias against regulating marijuana and sought information to buttress their positions. Given that even previously skeptical Colorado officials have acknowledged that legalization is 'working pretty well,' we sincerely hope the Senate report accurately conveys that fact.
"Regardless of the content of the report, we look forward to explaining to legislators and voters how our initiative addresses the full spectrum of legalization issues, including any issues raised by the Senate report."
WHAT: Media availability with leaders of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol to respond to the report from the special Senate Committee on Marijuana
WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, immediately following the committee's news conference that is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET
WHERE: Committee news conference in the Senate Reading Room, Massachusetts State House; media availability in the hall outside the Senate Reading Room
WHO: Will Luzier, CRMLA campaign manager
Jim Borghesani, CRMLA communications director
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Source: The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is supporting a 2016 statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateMassachusetts.org