Tax and regulate bill heard in committee; urge your legislators to support it!
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts legislature's Joint Committee on the Judiciary heard
testimony on House Bill 1371, a bill that would
regulate and tax the cannabis industry, sponsored by Rep. Ellen Story (D–Amherst). Please
email your legislators and ask them to support this proposal.
Story understands that Massachusetts needs to make money, and ending
marijuana prohibition would benefit the state in terms of additional tax
revenue and the growth of an industry. It would also mean an end to jailing
otherwise law-abiding people just for choosing to use a substance safer than
alcohol. And, if marijuana were sold by licensed law-abiding businesses, rather
than by drug dealers with no incentive to check IDs, it could be kept out of
the hands of kids. The
list goes on …
Massachusetts voters also understand
the need for sensible marijuana policy reform, as they demonstrated in 2008 by
overwhelmingly passing the marijuana decriminalization bill with 65% of the
vote. Please continue advocating for reasonable marijuana laws by asking
your legislators to support H. 1371. It’s important that they
hear from you.
Thanks for your advocacy!