Baker Signs Marijuana Delay Amid Protest

Article by Nestor Ramos and Olivia Quintana, Boston Globe.

As one of the cofounders of the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition, Linda Noel has spent decades fighting for the legalization of marijuana, a victory that voters finally handed her in November.

Now, longtime advocates like Noel will have to wait a few more months.

Governor Charlie Baker on Friday signed off on a measure that delays several parts of the state’s new marijuana legalization law, postponing the likely opening date for recreational retail shops by half a year.

The move was announced just as demonstrators — some of whom said they’d hoped the days of legalization rallies were behind them — gathered at the State House to urge Baker to veto the plan. The likely opening date for recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts is now July 2018.

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