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Massachusetts Lawmaker Wants 80 Percent Less Marijuana Legalization

Massachusetts state senator Jason Lewis has no chill.

Voters in the Bay State just legalized recreational cannabis, but if Lewis has his way, they’ll be enjoying far less weed, and they won’t be able to purchase any until 2020 at the earliest — more than two years behind the schedule set by voters.

More than 53 percent of voters in the birthplace of the American Revolution approved Question 4 on Election Day, legalizing marijuana use, small-scale cultivation, and possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

Massachusetts was one of four states to legalize marijuana during the 2016 general election and one of eight states in the country to experiment with letting adults ditch the black market and legally grow their own cannabis — or just buy some in a store if they can’t grow or just can’t be bothered to.

So far, very little has happened. Stores aren’t supposed to open until July 2018 — a deadline already pushed back by six months once, by lawmakers who called a sparsely attended “special session” around Christmastime — and adults 21 and over have only enjoyed the right to possess without fear of arrest and grow cannabis in their homes since Dec. 15.

But before the experiment can even begin play out as the voters clearly intended, Lewis is already pushing for extended delays. He’s also backing a proposal that would allow regulators to ban any marijuana product in stores aside from “unadulterated” flower.

That means no edibles, no concentrates, no vape-pen cartridges and no anything else that’s not a neatly trimmed flower.

The Boston Globe said Lewis is coming even harder for home growers: he wants to cut the amount of marijuana that can be harvested at a home grow by 80 percent — from 10 ounces down to two.

For voters who thought they were getting broad legalization, this is all bad, and it quickly could become much worse: another state lawmaker has suggested raising the legal age for cannabis possession and use from 21 to 25 and reducing the number of plants allowed in a single household.

Marijuana advocates are predictably furious, and are accusing their elected leaders of “eviscerating” a law approved by 1.8 million voters.

Lewis, a suburban Democrat who strongly opposed Question 4, released a statement in which he said (apparently rhetorically) that lawmakers “must respect the will of the voters.”

But Lewis inexplicably claims voters weren’t voting on specifics.

“I think that when the voters voted on Nov. 8, they voted to make it legal and safe to possess, use, purchase, sell, and to grow marijuana, including in their own homes,’’ Lewis said. “I don’t believe that people were voting on things like whether you should be able to homegrow three plants, or six plants, or 12 plants.”

Alternative fact? In actual fact, Question 4 did specifically address the question of how many plants could be grown: six per person and 12 per household.

Lewis is now on the outs with Question 4 ballot sponsors like the Marijuana Policy Project (and a demonstrated foe of marijuana legalization), but the senator is also considered the “top expert” on cannabis in the state house. He’s considered a favorite to chair a special committee on marijuana, which means his restrictive proposals stand a good chance of becoming law.

Of the four states to legalize cannabis, lawmakers in Massachusetts have shown possibly the least interest in seeing it through.

Lewis says the point is to “do pot legalization right” — which for him seems to mean doing it as slowly and as little as possible.

TELL US, what do you think of Lewis’ views on edibles, concentrates and home growing?

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Thomas wolfe

    January 29, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Vote everyone who opposes this put these corrupt scum bags Vote them out call there offices and any other politicians who get I. The way vote these fucks out

  2. Thomas wolfe

    January 29, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Time to vote this pos out of office simple as tgatblow up his phone web page call every rep and vote anyone out trying to stop us

  3. Bryan

    January 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Disgusted, disrespected, that’s how I feel when politicians ignore us. What kind of representative is this guy?!

  4. DFH

    January 26, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Just goes to show what Our government – Never listens to it’s People – this bill was written Now our Leaders want to Change what was written – Same – Same – knock off the Bullshit – do your job !!! Pass on the way ( elected official) sees things and Give the people who got u there what they want !!! Or u may be on the Outside looking in !!! Do not Budge on Law and make it what is instead of what u think it should Be ! The Tide is rising and I would hate to see our Goverment Elected Officals sucking air as they Drown in a sea of there own making !! Stop Dragging your heals while u still have power and get the people what they want !!

  5. Mike

    January 26, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Alcohol – more deaths then I can count
    Pharmaceuticals- more deaths then I can count.
    Heroin/Meath/LSD- more deaths then I can count.
    Marijuana with 0 deaths period.
    So stop trying to trump the pepols vote this is not the U.S.S.R. legalize it on time with no delays.

  6. Blaze420

    January 26, 2017 at 4:50 am

    This is sickening. I am from MA and even helped volunteer and phone bank/text voters for the Yes on 4 campaign.
    I hate Jason Lewis and sadly saw this coming though I thought that it would be much less altered, though I knew lawmakers would try to attack it and push and alter plant count, and tax rate, and edible potency but this is something else. Something insane. He was a huge opponent and after visiting Colorado was “shocked and disgusted” at what he said he saw. I’ll never forget that. How he can be considered an expert is crazy. The whole system tried to oppose the question so as they lost they want to hide behind the “it’s legal to possess/use/grow. If they could they’d cut it to 1 plant per home as to them one plant can produce a pound and thousands in bud which we all know doesn’t happen especially indoors.

    He is trying to shit on the bill and the will of the voters. I am also a medical patient. I can’t medicate without edibles. Lewis will find that people arent gonna sit back and allow him to bastardize the law. I wish I could leave the state as this shows how much they care about peoples rights especially as he was the head person and speaker with Jim Borg. At every forum debate. Lewis is trying to hide behind more false statements like politicians do. Us advocates in MA need to schedule a protest or gathering against Lewis’s changes as he is far from “obeying the will of the voters” and from his visit to Colorado he hated seeing edibles and vape pens and in the papers during late 2015 early 2016 he was giving nothing but fear and lies regarding his trip to Colorado and he made many statements about “edible based hospitalizations” “kids with vape pens” “and “house fires from making concentrates”.

    If this state regards this bigot as a top cannabis official we are lost.

  7. Ernest Agee

    January 25, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Time to vote him out of office.

  8. Rhonda

    January 25, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I honestly looive it i didn’t have health insurance and couldn’t afford to go c a Dr but it helped my pain my anxiety

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