MA Lawmakers Set Hearings Over New Recreational Cannabis Law

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks during a press conference at the office of the New York Attorney General, July 19, 2016 in New York City. Healey and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced lawsuits against Volkswagen AG and its affiliates Audi AG and Porsche AG for their sale of diesel vehicles that were outfitted with illegal 'defeat devices' that concealed illegal amounts of emissions and the subsequent cover-up. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A legislative battle over recreational marijuana could be on the way in Boston, with public hearings poised to begin.

State lawmakers are set on holding hearings, starting next week, to address possible tweaks to the recreational cannabis law approved by Massachusetts voters in November, a move that marijuana advocates are calling a “false narrative,” according to the Associated Press.

“The new law requires no legislative fixes,” Jim Borghesani, a spokesman for the state’s rec campaign, told the AP.

Regardless, Massachusetts state lawmakers indicated they may try to make changes to the new law. They are permitted to do so because the ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana changed state statute instead of putting adult use into the state constitution.

By contrast, Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing rec use, thereby ensuring that state lawmakers can’t easily amend the law.

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