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.