Massachusetts Senate panel cautious on pot legalization
In a report released Tuesday, the panel recommends steps be taken should voters approve a likely November ballot question that would allow the recreational use and possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for those 21 and older.
The report takes no official stand on legalization but says taxes included in the plan would likely fall short of covering regulatory and social costs attached to legalization. It also outlines public safety concerns including the likelihood that a black market for marijuana will persist even if the drug is sold legally.
The panel spent time in January visiting Colorado, one of four states that allow recreational pot use.