Less than three weeks after launching their signature drive, the Massachusetts Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has announced that they’ve already collected 50,000 signatures on their initiative to legalize cannabis, over 70% of the 65,000 signatures required to put it to a vote.
Although 65,000 signatures are required, the group is aiming for 100,000 to account for invalid signatures (any signature from someone who’s not a registered Massachusetts voter, and any duplicate signature). If the group is successful in collecting the remainder of the signatures by November 18th, their initiative will be placed in front of the Massachusetts Legislature. If the legislature chooses not to pass the measure into law, advocates will be given the opportunity to collect 10,792 signatures in June to place the initiative on the November, 2016 ballot.
If placed on the ballot and passed into law, the initiative would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older (or up to ten ounces in a private residence). The cultivation of up to six cannabis plants would also be allowed, as would cannabis retail outlets.