In the waning days of the Massachusetts legislative session Governor Charlie Baker said in a recent interview that he hopes the omnibus cannabis bill currently in conference committee will reach his desk. Governor Baker, who opposed marijuana legalization and is not seeking a third term as Governor, signaled his support for what he believes is a corrective piece of legislation during a recent appearance on GBH’s Boston Public Radio.
Lawmakers met in a conference committee earlier this month July to find common ground on the legislation that would create a social equity trust fund, reform host community agreements, and clarify rules on social consumption. House and Senate lawmakers have disagreed on how much tax revenue to dedicate towards social equity grants and loans. With only a few days remaining in the legislative session advocates are pushing lawmakers to get this bill over the finish line. This is the first time that lawmakers are looking to change the adult-use cannabis law since it was passed into law in 2017.