Thomas Bean Comments on Potential Constitutional Issues with Massachusetts Legislature's Overhaul of Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization in Boston Globe Article
Verrill Dana attorney Thomas Bean was quoted in a July 17, 2017 article published in the Boston Globe entitled "Mass. Lawmakers Unveil Proposed Overhaul of Marijuana Law." The focus of the article is the Massachusetts Legislature's decision to allow cities and towns in which residents had voted not to legalize recreational marijuana to ban or limit shops selling marijuana at the discretion of elected officials, while those cities and towns in which residents had approved the legalization referendum would require another voter referendum to ban or limit such stores. The inconsistent methods of banning or limiting marijuana shops depending on the city or town has raised questions about the constitutionality of the Legislature's decision. Commenting in the article, Tom Bean reinforces these concerns, saying "As a citizen of one city or town, I might argue that the laws are not being equally applied to me and my neighbor in another city or town."