Massachusetts House Delays Vote on Rewrite of Recreational Marijuana Bill

The proposed legislation calls for a 16.75 percent excise tax on top of the regular sales tax and a 5 percent local tax, for a combined 28 percent tax.

June 16, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — House leaders announced late Wednesday they were postponing debate on a contentious bill that seeks major changes in the state’s voter-approved recreational marijuana law, including higher taxes on retail sales and more control for municipal officials over pot shops in their communities.

The full House had been expected to vote on the measure Thursday, but Speaker Robert DeLeo told reporters after a closed-door Democratic caucus that the debate would be postponed until at least next week because of procedural issues and concerns members raised over elements of the legislation.

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“There are certain things we have to clean up,” said DeLeo, who still praised the overall bill as “terrific.”

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