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Adult Use Marijuana Ballot Initiative Clears Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

An effort to create a legalized marijuana industry in Massachusetts cleared a key hurdle Wednesday when the Supreme Judicial Court ruled a ballot question approving the growing, selling and marketing of marijuana can be on the November ballot.

The unanimous ruling by the state’s highest court focused only on whether the question complies with constitutional rules for ballot measures. Supporters must still file signatures supporting the effort by the end of Wednesday with Secretary of State William F. Galvin’s office for it to be the ballot.

Writing for the SJC, Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants dismissed opponents complaints that the ballot question improperly combined two complex subjects – legalization of marijuana and regulation of medical marijuana treatment centers – into a single question that voters answer with a “yes” or “no.” [Read More @ The Boston Globe]


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