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Senate defers action on proposed amendments to cannabis law

SENATORS on Tuesday deferred action on a measure that would amend the cannabis law.

One of the concerns raised by the senators regarding House Bill 20-196 was its proposal to compensate each cannabis commissioner $65,000 a year.

Sen. Justo Quitugua said he is not opposing the $65,000 salary for the commissioners, but he noted that they will also receive a $60  honorarium per meeting. He said if the commissioners will get an annual salary, the honorarium provision must be removed.

After Quitugua proposed to amend the House bill, Senate President Arnold Palacios called for a recess so they could ask the House speaker if the House could consider and act on the Senate version of the bill before the 20th Legislature adjourns sine die this Friday. The senators were told that the House might not have enough time.

When the Senate session resumed, Senate Floor Leader Frank Borja moved to withdraw  House Bill 20-196 from consideration. The seven other senators who were present approved the motion.

Palacios said the proposed amendments to the cannabis law will have to be re-introduced in the 21st Legislature.