Possession of small amounts of marijuana is now sure to become legal in Massachusetts this Thursday. That’s after legislative leaders made it clear on Monday that they will not pass legislation delaying the start of the new law.
Last week, House Speaker Bob DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg said they were considering delaying parts of the marijuana law, which voters approved in November.
The first part takes effect December 15th, when Massachusetts residents over 21 will be able to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in public, and up to ten ounces plus a half-dozen plants at home.
DeLeo and Rosenberg said the start date would be difficult to delay, but left themselves some wiggle room.
No longer. In a joint statement, DeLeo and Rosenberg said they “fully intend to respect the will of the voters.” They said they won’t make any changes to the December 15th effective date.