Massachusetts Lawmakers Miss Deadline for Marijuana Deal

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Lawmakers with the Massachusetts House and Senate failed to meet a self-imposed deadline to agree on a bill regulating the retail marijuana industry, according to the State House News Service.

Six-member conference committees had until 8 p.m. Thursday to file legislation to be considered Friday by the House and Senate, but the news service reports that lawmakers signaled no deal would be forthcoming.

The committees also failed to reach an agreement on a state budget.

Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure in November 2016 to legalize marijuana in the state. The House and Senate have since pushed distinct bills to regulate retail sales, with the branches clashing over tax rates and who has the authority to ban shops from communities.

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