Give lawmakers a week to get something done and they'll probably take eight days. At least.
So it should come as no great surprise that they are once again bumping up against a deadline, albeit one that is self-imposed.
Despite the fact that lawmakers have been plotting revisions of the November ballot law legalizing marijuana since delaying its implementation last December, the odds of having it rolled and twisted and on the governors desk by June 30 seem long.
Some of that has to do with the fact the House and Senate are far apart on major issues, including taxation and local control over retail dispensaries.
The House didn't help the cause this week with a bungled roll out of a comprehensive marijuana bill that House Speaker Robert DeLeo pulled back from a scheduled vote due to drafting issues and shaky support. Chief among the problems was a taxation miscue that would have applied the proposed 28 percent, all-in tax on marijuana sales to be compounded as the product moved through the supply chain from grower to consumer.
House leaders, including the co-chair of the Marijuana Policy Committee Rep. Mark Cusack, will try again Monday when they release a redrafted bill in hopes of getting that to the floor for a vote on Wednesday.
Cusack says the bill will look very similar to the one released this week, which would create an expanded Cannabis Control Commission and no longer require a town- or city-wide vote to ban the sale of recreational marijuana within a community's borders, but instead allow the municipal governing body to do it instead.
Yes on 4, the group behind the successful marijuana ballot campaign, believes the higher tax rate will encourage the black market and slammed the House bill as a stripping of rights from voters. The group is considerably more aligned with the Senate.