Massachusetts Senate proposal holds line on marijuana taxes

BOSTON (AP) — The debate over Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana law took a new twist on Friday with the release of a plan that would not raise taxes on pot and would leave decisions on whether to ban retail marijuana stores in the hands of local voters.

The proposal, unveiled in summary form by Sen. Patricia Jehlen, a Somerville Democrat, is in sharp contrast to a House bill that calls for increasing taxes on recreational marijuana from a maximum rate of 12 percent to a fixed 28 percent rate, and gives local governing bodies — such as city councils and select boards more at