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A yes vote will approve a new town Bylaw limiting the number of retail marijuana establishments in Belmont and prohibiting testing, manufacturing and cultivation facilities in Belmont.
Drug dealing is a business. There are retailers — dealers who sell primarily to users — and there are wholesalers — dealers who sell primarily to lower-level dealers. Wholesale transactions are generally larger and our laws penalize larger transactions more heavily.
We’ve finally reached agreement on a marijuana bill. I hope that most voters will feel that the language improves on what the majority approved last November while fundamentally respecting the majority’s intentions.
Senator Brownsberger was recently appointed to the conference committee on recreational marijuana, which is charged with negotiating the differences in legislation passed by the House and Senate. This WBUR article offers an overview of the conference committee process and some of the issues on the table.
“We want to give the legal market every possible advantage, because it is competing with an established illegal market, and I think taxing it is a disadvantage.”