- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on negotiations over a compromise marijuana bill in Massachusetts (all times local):

6:30p.m.

Members of a Massachusetts House and Senate committee trying to hammer out a compromise version of a marijuana law have wrapped up their talks for the day.

The conference committee members met off and on Friday, but failed to come up with a final bill, missing a self-imposed deadline.

A spokeswoman for Democrat Patricia Jehlen (JAY’-lin), the Senate’s chief negotiator, said committee members “are making good progress” and plan to continue their work on Wednesday.

Legislative leaders had earlier expressed confidence that a deal would be struck on the marijuana bill by a Friday deadline.

The House wants to repeal and replace the voter-approved law and raise the tax on marijuana from 12 percent to 28 percent. The Senate favors more modest revisions.

The law legalizes the recreational use of marijuana.

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4:43 p.m.

With a self-imposed deadline about to pass, talks between the House and Senate over a compromise marijuana law appear to have stalled at the Statehouse.

A House-Senate conference committee met off and on Friday but there was no word on progress toward an agreement.

Legislative leaders had expressed confidence earlier in the week that a deal would be struck on a recreational marijuana bill by the Friday deadline.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo adjourned the House until Monday, meaning there could be no possible vote before next week.

The House wants to repeal and replace the voter-approved law and raise the tax on marijuana from 12 percent to 28 percent. The Senate favors more modest revisions.

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11:47 a.m.

Talks between the House and Senate over a compromise marijuana law appear to have stalled even as lawmakers face a self-imposed deadline for delivering a bill to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.

A House-Senate conference committee met briefly Friday after failing to come to an agreement on Thursday. Legislative leaders had earlier expressed confidence that a deal would be struck on a recreational marijuana bill by the Friday deadline.

Democrat Patricia Jehlen (JAY’-lin), the Senate’s chief negotiator, would not say if the six-member committee was deadlocked.

The chief House negotiator, Democratic Rep. Mark Cusack, would only say before Friday’s private meeting that he was “hopeful.”

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10:19 a.m.

Talks between the House and Senate over a compromise marijuana law appear to have stalled even as lawmakers face a self-imposed deadline for delivering a bill to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.

A House-Senate conference committee met privately until 8 p.m. Thursday but left the Statehouse with no agreement in hand. It was unclear if the panel planned further negotiations on Friday and neither chamber was scheduled to meet formally to vote on a compromise should one be reached.

Legislative leaders had earlier expressed confidence that a deal would be reached on a recreational marijuana bill by the Friday deadline.

The House wants to repeal and replace the voter-approved law and raise the tax on marijuana from 12 percent to 28 percent. The Senate favors a more modest set of revisions.

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