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Pro-Pot Group To File Final Signatures For Mass. Ballot

The logo of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
Facebook: Massachusetts Marijuana Initiative 2016

A group seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts says it has collected more than 25,000 signatures as a final step toward securing a spot on the November ballot.Sponsors of ballot initiatives face a Wednesday deadline to submit at least 10,792 signatures of registered voters to city and town clerks.

The proposal from The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol would allow people 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana. It would also create a 3.75 percent tax on retail marijuana sales.

“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 Jim Borghesani, the campaign’s communications director, in a 2015 interview with WAMC.  

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey are among those opposing legalization.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate 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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