State official says Legislature should restrict edibles, ban home growing if marijuana legalized

Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg would oversee regulation of the state’s recreational marijuana industry if voters approve legalization.

Cannabis is packaged and ready for sale in Shango Premium Cannabis, in Portland, Ore.

Even though Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh launched an anti-legalization campaign last week, State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg thinks marijuana legalization is inevitable. That’s why Goldberg, who would oversee regulation of the state’s recreational marijuana industry if voters do approve a ballot measure this fall, is looking for the state to put limits on legal sales.

In an interview with The Globe, Goldberg said the state should ban home cultivation and delay retail sales of the drug, which would be allowed as early as January 2018 if the ballot question passes. She also wants state lawmakers to restrict marijuana edibles, such as candy, which can be appealing to kids, and to allocate money to her office to regulate the industry in its early stages.

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“We need to be working on it, no matter how I feel personally,” Goldberg told The Globe. “I can’t politicize this, because it’s my responsibility.”

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts put forth the ballot question, which would legalize use and possession of marijuana by those 21 and older. It is expected to get enough signatures to appear on this fall’s ballot.

Goldberg, who acknowledged smoking marijuana when she was 16, said she opposes full legalization because she’s worried it could be easier for minors to obtain marijuana, and that they might drive under the influence.

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