The broader legalization of marijuana and the upcoming start of retail sales could lead to an evolution of the state’s medical marijuana program, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said Thursday.
Four years after approving medicinal marijuana at the ballot, voters in November backed a referendum legalizing the use and possession of marijuana by people 21 and older, and sales are set to begin next year.
The ballot question kept medical use of marijuana, which is overseen by the Department of Public Health, separate from the retail structure it created. It gave Treasurer Deborah Goldberg authority over the new retail industry, a setup lawmakers may modify under legislation that’s being developed.
Sudders said in a Boston Herald Radio interview that legalization could have impacts on medical marijuana, potentially by driving down prices, and that Massachusetts should look to states that have already implemented retail sales.
“I think we’re going to evolve,” she said. “I think as recreational marijuana is implemented in Massachusetts, I think that will raise questions about is there a need for bringing them together [or] keeping