Massachusetts Senate President Endorses Legalization

Massachusetts Senate President Endorses Legalization

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On Oct. 20, 2016, Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg announced that he will vote in favor of Question 4, a ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana.

Taking to social media in the late morning, Rosenberg sent out a tweet stating that he plans to vote yes on the ballot question and that he would work to improve the law.

For many outside observers, Rosenberg’s endorsement comes as a surprise.

Although Massachusetts is seen by many as a liberal state, state officials and legislators on both sides of the aisle have come out against Question 4, many of whom went so far as to issue a press release urging voters to reject the measure.

But while Rosenberg’s endorsement of Question 4 may not make him popular among fellow legislators, the same cannot be said of his constituents. According to a new poll, approximately 55% of Massachusetts voters support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

In an e-mail to MassLive, Yes on 4 spokesman, Jim Borgehsani, praised Rosenberg and his endorsement.

“President Rosenberg deserves enormous credit for taking a courageous stand on replacing the failed system we have today with a regulated structure that will actually control marijuana in Massachusetts and generate much-needed revenue for taxpayers,” Borgehsani said. “We hope more elected officials follow his brave leadership.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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