Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Legalization Initiative can Appear on November Ballot

Cannabis Becomes Legal Tonight

massaThe Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that an initiative to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older can appear on this November’s general election ballot. The ruling comes a day after the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that they’ve collected over twice the amount necessary to put the initiative to a vote of the people.

This is how the measure will appear on the ballot: “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.”

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Signatures Submitted on Massachusetts Legalization Initiative, Likely to be on November Ballot

budbdAccording to Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the Massachusetts Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the group has submitted more than twice the amount of signatures required to put their cannabis legalization initiative on this November’s ballot.

In total, the group was required to submit roughly 10,000 signatures by this evening in order to qualify their initiative for the ballot. According to Borghensani, they’ve submitted over twice that amount; 25,000. This all but guarantees that the initiative will be voted on this November; it will be officially place on the ballot once the state verifies that at least 10,792 of the 25,000 signatures are from registered Massachusetts voters (with any duplicate signature being disqualified).

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Massachusetts: 50,000 Signatures Collected on Initiative to Legalize Cannabis in Less than 3 Weeks

legalizemeyoLess 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.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Gives Approval to Cannabis Legalization Initiative

massAn initiative to legalize cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol in Massachusetts received approval Wednesday from the Attorney General’s office. The attorney general is required to review all initiative petitions to ensure they meet certain constitutional requirements and must prepare a “fair, concise summary of the proposed law” to appear on petitions and the ballot.

“Massachusetts is another step closer to ending marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a more sensible policy,” said Will Luzier, Campaign Manager for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “We’re already finding a lot of support and enthusiasm among voters. People are fed up with laws that punish adults simply for consuming a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol.”

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Massachusetts Legalization Campaign to be Led by Former Assistant Attorney General

Cannabis Becomes Legal Tonight

The Massachusetts Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced Wednesday that former assistant attorney general Will Luzier will leadmassa the campaign in support of a 2016 ballot initiative to end cannabis prohibition in Massachusetts.

In addition to serving as assistant attorney general of Massachusetts, Luzier served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention from 2008 until April 2015.

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