Massachusetts recreational marijuana bill reaches committee
(AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to legalize recreational marijuana at a legislative committee hearing and put it on the governor’s desk.
It will be the first time a state lawmaker has considered the issue.
It would take effect in January 2018 and allow adults 21 and older to use it for medical purposes.
The bill would also allow adults to grow and possess up to six plants.
It also would allow adult patients with severe and debilitating conditions to use marijuana to treat symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and seizures.
Marijuana advocates said they were thrilled by the bill and applauded the committee for approving it.
They also hope to get it passed in the Senate.
The Massachusetts Republican Party endorsed the bill in a statement Thursday.