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Massachusetts Lawmakers Are Wary of Legal Marijuana

A scathing Senate report to be released Tuesday says that if residents legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts this fall, the state should promptly temper their vote by outlawing home cultivation, imposing a significant tax on the drug, and prohibiting some marijuana-infused edible products.

The report by a special Senate committee does not take an official stance on the proposed ballot question but warns of legalization’s dangers. The authors note that it could make it easier for children to access the drug and create difficulties for law enforcement officers in determining and proving someone is too high to drive.

The bipartisan 118-page analysis comes the same week Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston published a sharply worded opinion column in The Boston Globe opposing legalization, and the Legislature’s judiciary committee heard testimony on the ballot push.

Taken together, the analysis and the opinion column offer the clearest outline yet of the messages legalization opponents may use and give voters a taste of the debate that could unfold across the state. [Read more at the Boston Globe]

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