Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older on Tuesday, 54 to 46 percent. The ballot measure allows recreational use starting Dec. 15 and retail stores can open as early as the beginning of 2018.
However, the specifics of the law are already being questioned. Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who will be the state's top regulator of marijuana, called on the Legislature to push back the deadline for opening retail shops. She cited the need for more time to build her three-member Cannabis Control Commission. She also said Wednesday that she wants lawmakers to raise the 3.75 percent tax included in the new law.
We ask both those who were for the law and those against what they think of the results of the election and these new proposals.
Jason Lewis, state senator, co-chair of the Legislature’s Public Health Committee and chair of the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana; Steering Committee member of the "No on 4" Campaign. They tweet @SafeHealthyMA.
This segment aired on November 10, 2016.