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Mass. AG Approves Most Ballot Initiatives Including Recreational Marijuana

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey (D-Mass.)

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has found that 22 of 35 initiatives for the 2016 ballot submitted to her office are constitutional.Efforts to prevent animal cruelty, strengthen the state’s public records law and legalize adult recreational use of marijuana are among the measures approved by the attorney general. Jim Borghesani is the communications director for the Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. 

“We think it is a much better idea to take a substance that is less dangerous and harmful than alcohol by any objective measure and make it a regulated substance sold by licensed facilities that generate revenue and jobs for the commonwealth,” said Borghesani.

Initiatives by Bay State Repeal would also legalize recreational marijuana, but include no additional taxation and less regulation than the other proposal.

Healey rejected a proposed law that called for legalizing fireworks sales in Massachusetts.

The next step for sponsors of certified questions is to gather 64,750 signatures by Nov. 28.

Jim is WAMC’s Assistant News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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