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Group Wants Massachusetts Lawmakers to Hold Off on Changes to Pot Law

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    Group Wants Massachusetts Lawmakers to Hold Off on Changes to Pot Law
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    JOHNSTOWN, NY - AUGUST 19: Cannabis plants grow in the greenhouse at Vireo Health's medical marijuana cultivation facility, August 19, 2016 in Johnstown, New York. New York state lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana for medical use in 2014 and the law took effect in January 2016. Currently, five organizations are allowed to grow and sell the drug for medical use in the state. New York's new law only allows people with 'severe debilitating or life threatening conditions' to obtain marijuana for medical use. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Advocates for legalized marijuana say there's no reason for the Legislature to make changes in the voter-approved law in Massachusetts.

    The group that sponsored the November ballot question on recreational marijuana urged lawmakers on Monday to defer any action until after the Cannabis Control Commission, a regulatory board created by the law, is appointed and begins its work.

    Jim Borghesani, a spokesman for Yes on 4, says policymakers on Beacon Hill created a "false narrative" that the law allowing adults to legally possess and grow marijuana has major deficiencies that need fixing.

    The Legislature's marijuana policy committee begins public hearings next week. It could consider changes to the law, including higher taxes on retail pot sales.

    Lawmakers in Rhode Island and Connecticut have been considering marijuana legalization more seriously since the Massachusetts vote.

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