Written by: Rachel Irving Pitts

The Massachusetts Senate has created a Special Senate Committee on Marijuana to assess the Commonwealth’s medical marijuana implementation, to examine marijuana legalization issues in other states, and to make recommendations for the Senate regarding any legalization or ballot initiative on the subject. Jason Lewis – a Democrat from Winchester – will chair the special committee. Mr. Lewis also chairs the Senate-House Joint Committee on Public Health.

In an Alert highlighting the various leadership and committee appointments recently announced by the Senate, ML Strategies points out that the creation of this commission is timely, as advocates are considering whether to put a question to legalize marijuana on the 2016 ballot.

To read more about the other Leadership and Special Committee Appointments, see the full ML Strategies Alert.