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Massachusetts Speaker: Suspend Cannabis Negotiations Until Budget Plan Is Approved

July 5, 2017
(MIHAI ANDRITOIU/iStock)
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Speaker Robert DeLeo is asking House members working to negotiate a compromise marijuana bill to suspend their talks until a final state budget is approved and sent to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.

“Mischief makers are once again at work.”
Sen. Stan Rosenberg , Senate president

DeLeo issued the statement Wednesday, saying it’s important to get the budget bill wrapped up for the fiscal year that began July 1. He said he believes lawmakers can get a budget to Baker this week.

The Democratic speaker said ongoing negotiations on a final budget and final cannabis bill have never been linked by the House.

Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg issued his own statement, saying that the “mischief makers are once again at work.”

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Rosenberg said the Senate hasn’t linked the two bills and is fully committed to continuing negotiations on both bills simultaneously.

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  • @x

    Speaker Deleo and his merry bunch of idiots need to stop playing “Daddy knows best” and let the law that voters approved go fully into force and stop their foot dragging.

    • Gary Craig

      Or an endless loop of “Reefer Madness!”

  • Michelle McHugh

    Still footdragging…. our so called leaders know what is best for you and me. Whatever gets our money into their hands.

  • Vern

    typical politicians….own agenda is always ahead of the voting public who gave them their seat