Hearings on Massachusetts' recreational marijuana begin in the Statehouse in Boston Monday, where lawmakers will mull potential changes to the voter-approved legislation legalizing marijuana use among adults and paving the way for commercial sale of the drug.

Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg has said he intends to respect the voters' wishes while also publicly considering changes, including sharply increasing the proposed 3.75 percent tax on sales, decreasing the number of plants residents are allowed to grow and increasing the legal age for purchase past 21, according to the Boston Globe.

Rosenberg, an Amherst Democrat, supported legalization.

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Phil Demers ~ Masslive.com ~

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