Massachusetts’ Cannabis Legalization Initiative Allows Possession of up to 10 Ounces

Massachusetts' Cannabis LegalizationThere are five states voting to legalize recreational cannabis this November; Nevada, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and California. Out of all of these states, Massachusetts’ proposal is the most progressive in terms of its possession limits.

The initiatives up for vote in each of the five states (which we detail here) are all quite similar; they all allow the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, the personal cultivation of a small number of plants, and they all legalize state-licensed retail outlets. However, Massachusetts takes things a step further by allowing those 21 and older to possess up to 10 ounces in a private residence. Although it isn’t allowed to take that amount in public, the fact that the limit is 10 times higher than the amount allowed in most other legalization states is nothing to scoff at, and its passage would be a clear indication that voters are willing to accept the legalization of more than just one ounce.

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Massachusetts Marijuana Possession Laws

Massachusetts Marijuana Possession LawsMassachusetts Marijuana Possession Laws:

 

1 ounce or less:

Penalty: Civil infraction up to $100.

 

More than 1 ounce (first offense):

Penalty: Misdemeanor with up to 6 months in jail and/or a maximum fine of $500.

 

More than 1 ounce (subsequent offenses):

Penalty: Misdemeanor with up to 1 year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,000.

 

For further information on Massachusetts marijuana laws – including penalties for distribution and cultivation – click here. For recent updates to Massachusetts”s marijuana possession laws and other Massachusetts related stories, click here.

Group of 10 State Legislators Endorse Massachusetts Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

massThis November Massachusetts voters will be given the option of passing Question 4, The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, which would allow adults to possess up to 10 ounces of cannabis, cultivate up to six plants for personal use, and would establish a system of state-licensed retail outlets and cultivation centers. Now, not long after the measure officially qualified for the November ballot, a large group of state legislators have endorsed the initiative.

Those endorsing the initiative include; Senators Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont), Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and Pat Jehlen (D-Cambridge), as well as Representatives David Rogers (D-Cambridge), Marjorie C Decker (D-Cambridge), Tom Sannicandro (D-Framingham), Michael Moran (D-Brighton), Jay Livingstone (D-Boston), Brian Mannal (D-Centerville) and Mary Keefe (D-Worcester).

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Massachusetts Cannabis Legalization Initiative Officially Placed on November Ballot

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Massachusetts Cannabis Legalization Initiative

Massachusetts voters will decide this November on a statewide ballot measure to legalize and regulate the adult use and retail sale of cannabis.

The Secretary of State’s office has confirmed that initiative proponents, The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, submitted a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Legalization Initiative can Appear on November Ballot

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 Secretary of State Certifies Signatures for Cannabis Legalization Initiative, Sending it to a Vote

massachusettsThe Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office has certified 70,739 signatures submitted by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, sending it to a vote of the legislature and clearing the way for the petition to be placed on the 2016 general election ballot.

“Today’s announcement confirms that the people of Massachusetts want to vote on an initiative to regulate marijuana and end the practice of punishing adults for using a substance less harmful than alcohol,” says Campaign Manager Will Luzier. “We are excited to have reached this milestone and look forward to the legislative debate over the benefits of ending prohibition and regulating and taxing marijuana.”

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Enough Signatures Collected to Put Legalization to Vote in Massachusetts

massachusettsThe Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has just submitted over 103,000 signatures for their initiative to legalize recreational cannabis, well over the 64,750 signatures required to put it to a vote.

If the state verifies that enough of the signatures are valid (from registered Massachusetts voters), the initiative will be put before the state’s legislature. If the legislature decides against passing it into law, advocates will have a month (in June) to collect an additional 10,792 signatures, which would place it on the 2016 ballot in November.

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Massachusetts: Enough Signatures Collected on Legalization Initiative to Put it to a Vote

bud2The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, announced today it has collected more than 100,000 signatures in support of a ballot initiative to end cannabis prohibition in Massachusetts, well more than the 64,750 required to put the measure to a vote.

Now the signatures must be reviewed and certified by town and city clerks before being submitted to the secretary of the commonwealth by December 2. If enough of the signatures are valid (from registered Massachusetts voters) the issue will go before the state’s legislature. If the legislature decides not to pass the proposal into law, initiative backers must collect 10,792 additional signatures in June 2016 to place the initiative on the November 2016 general election ballot.

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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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