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Recreational Marijuana Approved For November Ballot In Massachusetts


Boston, Massachusetts – Less than a month after submitting the required amount of voter signatures, the proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts has made the November ballot.

The proposal, if approved, would legalize the use of recreational marijuana making it the fifth state in the U.S. to do so. Like other states, the proposal would allow people 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use. A 3.75 % Excise tax would be issued to all retail sales of marijuana, as well as a 6.25% statewide sales tax.

The proposal was approved by the Supreme Judicial Court ruling earlier this week, the vote was unanimous, yet the court did change some wording to the question in effort for voters to answer with a single “yes” or “no”.


The title was also changed to “Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana” instead of the before “Marijuana Legalization”. The question in its entirety is as follows with added changes:

“A YES VOTE would allow persons 21 and older to possess, use, and transfer marijuana and products containing marijuana concentrate (including edible products) and to cultivate marijuana, all in limited amounts, and would provide for the regulation and taxation of commercial sale of marijuana and marijuana products.” (Changes are in bold).

Campaign spokesperson, Jim Borghesani, for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said in a statement that the changes ordered by the Supreme Judicial Court accurately reflects the intent of their initiative.

“The court issued a victory for the voters of Massachusetts today, assuring that their voices will be heard on the issue of legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana, an approach that is working in Colorado and other states and will work in Massachusetts,” he said.

Under federal law marijuana remains illegal yet Massachusetts is still one of the many states pushing to legalize recreational marijuana this November.

To read more about the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol visit regulatemassachusetts.org.

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