Looks like marijuana advocates worried that the new legal pot law wouldn’t start on time can exhale after all.
Secretary of State William Galvin now says that votes from the November election will be certified in time for the new law to take effect on December 15, the start date outlined in the ballot question voters approved 53 to 46. A spokesman for his office tells the State House News Service that the Governor’s Council will not, as some had feared, have to delay final approval until after the New Year. They plan to take up the votes when they meet on Wednesday. Lawmakers as late as this week were not ruling out a delay.
“We’re very happy that he certification was done in time to honor the will of the voters,” says Jim Borghesani, the former spokesman for the pro-marijuana Yes on 4 campaign.
This is only the beginning, of course. There are rumblings on Beacon Hill about pushing back deadlines for the state to draft the new regulations that will come with the law, which could mean a delayed start to the upcoming legal marijuana industry. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, a few reminders for anyone planning to toke up on the inaugural day of legal weed:
Have more questions? You can read the full text of the law here.
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