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Tuesday, March 24

NORML Breaking News: Marijuana Legalization Bills Introduced In Massachusetts!

A pair of bills — House Bill 2929 and Senate Bill 1801 — seeking to “tax and regulate the cannabis industry” have just been introduced in the Massachusetts legislature.

Section 2. The following conduct is hereby excepted from the provisions of, and shall not constitute a violation of chapter 94C of the general laws:

a. Possession or cultivation of cannabis by an adult for personal use.

b. Gratuitous distribution of cannabis to an adult. Transfer directly or indirectly related to or contemporaneous with the sale or tendering for sale of any goods, services or other things of value, shall be deemed not gratuitous.

c.Possession or distribution of cannabis under a valid license issued in accordance with this act.
Section 9. The authority shall impose and collect an excise upon sales at retail of cannabis. The rate of said excise is hereby established as follows:

Class C One hundred fifty dollar per ounce

Class B Two hundred dollars per ounce.

Class A Two hundred fifty dollars per ounce.

Subject to approval by the general court, such excise shall be adjusted by the authority from time to time as necessary to maximize the revenue derived therefrom, and to minimize the incentive for the sale of cannabis not in accordance with the provisions of this act.

Adults who possess or grow marijuana for personal use, or who engage in the non-profit transfer of cannabis, would not be subject to taxation under the law.

BEST VIDEO EVER! on the subject of legalization.....

From youtube video poster:
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Anybody ever watch this movie?
The Union - The Business Behind Getting High
I understand it's a must watch

Another great source of info on this faux war on drugs:

Marijuana Treatment: What the Feds Won’t Tell You
But the latest federal report on drug treatment admissions, released this week, shows that the majority of those in treatment for alleged marijuana abuse or dependence didn’t seek treatment at all: They were forced into it.

That is, people — mostly young people — got arrested for marijuana, were offered treatment instead of jail and, understandably, chose treatment.


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