By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — After a week of sharp divisions and heated rhetoric over the future of the state's recreational marijuana law, it's now up to a conference committee of six legislators to try and sort everything out.
On one hand, there's a House bill that infuriated pro-marijuana activists by proposing a major overhaul of the voter-approved law. On the other, a more restrained Senate bill won praise from the groups behind the November ballot question.
Democratic Rep. Mark Cusack, the House bill's lead author, suggested before the votes that the two chambers were in about 80 percent agreement on their respective approaches.
There is, in fact, more common ground than readily apparent given the dialogue of the past week.
Neither the House nor Senate changed the current legal possession limit of up to 1 ounce of pot or home growing provisions that permit up to a dozen plants per household.