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Massachusetts legislature approves marijuana law reforms

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Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana use in 2016. The following year, the legislature rewrote the law. In 2022, the legislature approved several key changes to the statute.

Industry wins long-sought changes on local fees

The Massachusetts legislature has made some significant changes to the law governing the state’s burgeoning multi-billion dollar marijuana industry.

A bill approved Monday in the hours before the end of formal sessions targets local fees demanded of marijuana businesses, creates a fund to help people who were victims of the war on drugs break into the legitimate cannabis industry, and advances the licensing of so-called “cannabis cafes.”

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with David O’Brien, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association.

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