Mass. Lawmakers to Hear Testimony on Medical Marijuana Restrictions

BOSTON, MA — Lawmakers on Beacon Hill will hear public testimony next week on four proposals to add restrictions to Massachusetts’ yet-to-be-implemented medical marijuana law.

All four bills are designed to allow landlords, property owners, and municipal governments to ban the use of medical marijuana without such bans being considered discrimination due to a medical condition.

The four bills, all introduced by Rep. Cleon H. Turner (D-Dennis) and co-sponsored by lawmakers who have voted against sensible marijuana legislation in the passed, will be heard by the Joint Committee on The Judiciary next Wednesday, June 19, beginning at 1:00 pm in room A-1 at the State House.

House Bill 1663 would allow cities, towns, districts, school districts and regional school districts to regulate, including prohibiting, the use of marijuana, including medical use of marijuana used for medicinal purposes.

House Bill 2101 extends any existing marijuana smoking ban enacted by cities, towns, districts, school districts or regional school to automatically include medical marijuana, unless they vote to allow smoking medical marijuana on their properties.

House Bill 1664 would give landlords the ability to regulate or ban smoking medical marijuana on their property.  The bill states that the “prohibition of the use of or smoking marijuana, including medical use of marijuana on rental property, shall not be deemed to be discrimination due to a medical condition under the laws of the commonwealth.”

House Bill 2102 would ban smoking marijuana, including medical marijuana,  in rental properties “unless such person or entity affirmatively permits smoking of medical marijuana on their properties.”   Like the other bills sponsored by Rep. Turner, the bill includes wording that would prevent such bans as being deemed to be discrimination due to a medical condition.

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