January 4, 2017

Editorial: On legal marijuana, take the time to get it right

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Adult use of marijuana is legal ... but much of the law voters passed in November has been on hold while legislators make their mark.

Gov. Charlie Baker signed An Act Further Regulating the Cultivation of Marijuana and Marihuana last Friday. The law delays the opening of retail marijuana operations by six months.

Retail operations related to adult recreational use under the law, which passed with 54 percent of the vote in November, were scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2018. That date is now July 1, 2018.

The delay has its critics.

“This is disappointing to the say the least,” said Jeffrey Zucker, president of the cannabis industry advisory firm Green Lion Partners. “The … bill was carefully constructed so that the system could be implemented swiftly. This is an affront to the 54 percent of voters that supported this initiative.”

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