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 is a freelance writer and marijuana journalist located in Panama City, FL. Passionate about writing, William is dedicated to journalistic integrity and providing quality insight on current events. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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