Massachusetts Ballot Question on Recreational Marijuana Reworded

Majority of Massachusetts Voters Oppose Legalizing Marijuana

A Massachusetts ballot question on recreational marijuana was reworded by the state’s Supreme Judicial Council, but it can still appear on the November ballot, according to a July 6, 2016, article at

The ballot question, originally titled “Marijuana Legalization,” should be changed to “Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana,” Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants ruled.

The wording of the ballot question’s summary was changed to include “edible products” in place of THC and to say only adults 21 or older would be allowed to use marijuana recreationally. The new summary now says, “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.”

Gants wrote the changes were not significant enough to require the ballot question to be pulled from November’s ballot.

Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, said the title change “accurately reflects the intent of our initiative.”

“The court issued a victory for the voters of Massachusetts today, assuring that their voices will be heard on the issue of legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana, an approach that is working in Colorado and other states and will work in Massachusetts,” he said.

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