A 28 percent tax on marijuana? That’s the plan under the latest bill

House leaders will unveil a bill Wednesday that would more than double the total tax on recreational marijuana and give municipal officials — instead of local voters — the power to ban cannabis shops and farms.

The legislation marks an extraordinary break with the 1.8 million Massachusetts voters who legalized marijuana through last year’s ballot.


The bill would also consolidate oversight of the state’s medical and recreational marijuana programs in one agency, enshrine restrictions on pot-infused edibles in law, set limits on marijuana advertising, and effectively strip Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg of her unilateral marijuana oversight authority. That’s according to an outline of the legislation and an interview with its author, Representative Mark J. Cusack of Braintree.

The Democrat said his

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