Eight Massachusetts state senators are spending time in Colorado in the hopes of learning more about the state’s laws regarding legal cannabis. The trip is reportedly in preparation for whether Massachusetts voters approve, via ballot initiative, to legalize recreational cannabis statewide, so that the rollout of such a program would go more smoothly than that of the medical program.
The legislators will meet with Colorado officials at the state and municipal levels, as well as law-enforcement officials, to inquire as to how a legalization scheme would be best implemented in Massachusetts.
“If Massachusetts were to legalize marijuana for recreational use –and we are anticipating this will be on the ballot in November of this year– it would be a major social change, and there are ramifications for public health, public safety and for economic areas,”
said state Massachusetts Sen. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester), who is leading the delegation to Colorado.
“Colorado already has wrestled with a lot of these issues over the past several years, and that’s really the best opportunity for us to learn and to anticipate what may be happening in Massachusetts,” he continued.
The proposed Massachusetts law, which has already passed its biggest hurdle in order to appear on the ballot, has been spearheaded by the advocacy group Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts.
Were it not for the ballot measure option, legalized recreational cannabis would be unlikely to become law: it is opposed by both the state’s Republican governor and the state’s house speaker.