The Truth About Amendment #477

When Assistant Minority Leader Robert Hedlund proposed Amendment #477 for Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Law, it seemed like a great idea for protecting children from accidentally consuming marijuana edibles.  However, while entirely well intentioned, you will note that the phrasing of this amendment would not just restrict the labeling and packaging of edibles, but would actually nullify most edible options for patients.

Please read the paragraph below for a better understanding of what Amendment #477 would do to medical marijuana, and urge Senate to vote against it!

Text of Budget Amendment #477
Prohibiting the deceptive sale of Marijuana
Mr. Hedlund moved that the bill be amended by inserting after section ___, the following new section:
SECTION ___. Section 5 of Chapter 94C of the General Laws are hereby amended by inserting after
paragraph 2 the following:
(2) the dispensing or sale of any marijuana product as provided for in Chapter 369 of the acts of 2012
shall not bear a reasonable resemblance to any product available for consumption as a candy. For the
purposes of this section the term “Candy” shall refer to a preparation of sugar, honey, or other natural or
artificial sweeteners in combination with chocolate, fruits, nuts or other ingredients or flavorings in the
form of bars, drops, or pieces. “Candy” shall not include any preparation containing flour and shall
require no refrigeration. Violation of this paragraph shall carry a penalty of not more than a 500 dollar
fine for the first offense, not more than a 1,000 dollar fine for the second offense, and not more than a
5,000 fine for the third and each subsequent offense.

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