Cannabis Becomes Legal in Massachusetts on Thursday, December 15th

In less than a week – on December 15th – the possession and cultivation of cannabis will be legal for everyone 21 and older in Massachusetts.

December 15thUnder the new law, it’s legal for those 21+ to possess and use up to an ounce of cannabis; when at a private residence the limit is raised to 10 ounces. The 10 ounce cap is the most progressive possession limit of any cannabis legalization law passed in the United States.

The new law also allows for the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants. Cannabis retail outlets are also allowed under Question 4 (approved by voters last month); however, they aren’t expected to be open until sometime in 2018.

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Massachusetts Voters Legalize Cannabis

Massachusetts Voters Have Legalized Cannabis Through the Passage of Question 4

Massachusetts VotersVoters in Massachusetts have passed Question 4 to legalize cannabis. Massachusetts is now the 5th state in the U.S. to end cannabis prohibition, following Washington, Colorado, Alaska and Oregon.

Once Question 4 takes effect, cannabis will be legal for all uses for those 21 and older. This includes the possession of up to an ounce, and the cultivation of up to six plants. A regulated system of licensed cannabis retail outlets is also authorized under the measure.

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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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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Massachusetts

massA initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in Massachusetts was filed this morning with the office of state Attorney General Maura Healy. The measure was filed by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

“Next year, voters will have the opportunity to end the failed policy of prohibition and replace it with a more sensible system,” says campaign director Will Luzier, a former assistant attorney general of Massachusetts. “Marijuana is significantly less harmful than alcohol, and our laws should reflect that.”

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Bill to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Massachusetts Legislature

Legislationcannabud to legalize the possession, cultivation and distribution of cannabis for recreational purposes has been filed in Massachusetts’ House of Representatives. The measure is being pushed by the Marijuana Policy Project, which was instrumental in passing legalization initiatives in Colorado and Alaska.

House Bill 1561 would allow those 21 and older to possess and cultivate cannabis, and would create a regulated system of licensed cannabis retail stores, cultivation facilities, processing facilities and testing facilities. It’s sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 15 lawmakers.

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