H1561: An Act to regulate and tax the cannabis industry (filed jointly with Senator Jehlen)
The war on marijuana has failed, with terrible and substantial spillover costs to society. Our approach over the last 40 or 50 years has demonstrated an inability to stop the production, distribution, and use of marijuana. Four states have legalized marijuana and it is all but certain to be on the ballot here in 2016. This is our chance to shape the way in which Massachusetts legalizes, regulates, and taxes the sale of marijuana. Regulating and taxing the sale of marijuana in the Commonwealth will raise substantial revenue, reduce the burden placed on the Department of Correction and our county jails, and all but eliminate a dangerous black market. The time has long since come to take a more realistic approach to marijuana in our society.