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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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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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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Massachusetts Legalization Campaign to be Led by Former Assistant Attorney General

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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