BOSTON — The Latest on a bill calling for revisions to the voter-approved recreational marijuana law in Massachusetts (all times local):
House leaders have decided to postpone debate on a contentious bill that calls for changes to the recreational marijuana law approved by voters in November.
The House was to take up the measure Thursday, but Speaker Robert DeLeo announced after a closed-door caucus of House Democrats that a vote would be put off until at least next week.
Earlier Wednesday, a sharply-divided legislative committee voted to advance the bill that among other things calls for higher taxes on recreational marijuana and gives local officials more control over retail pot stores in their communities.
None of the Marijuana Policy Committee’s seven senators voted in favor of the bill, and some House members also expressed reservations.
The proposal envisioned a 28 percent tax on marijuana, compared to the 12 percent tax in the current law.
A sharply divided legislative committee has voted to advance a bill that makes major changes to the voter-approved recreational marijuana bill, including higher taxes and more control for local officials over pot shops in their communities.
None of the seven senators on the Legislature’s Marijuana Policy Committee voted in favor of the bill on Wednesday, and some House members also expressed reservations.
Democratic Sen. Patricia Jehlen, the panel’s co-chair, said the bill drafted by the House “assaults the will of the voters.”
The proposal would more than double the current 12 percent tax on recreational marijuana. It was revealed on Thursday that due to a possible drafting error, the compounded tax rate could go as high as 55 percent, higher than any other U.S. state where recreational marijuana is legal.