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Massachusetts Legalization Campaign Has Racked in $2 Million More Than Opposition in 2016 As Vote Approaches

The campaign pushing to legalize marijuana and establish a new pot retail system in Massachusetts has raised $2.4 million in 2016, with $2.1 million coming from one source, a D.C.-based cannabis reform advocacy group. The opposition campaign, which has the support of various politicians including Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, raised $363,000 since it launched in the spring.

The two sides are gearing up for a ballot question fight that will be decided on Election Day. They each filed campaign finance disclosures with the state Friday afternoon, offering the first insight of 2016 into their respective fundraising efforts.

The Yes on 4 campaign has spent most of the $2.4 million already, with the vast majority of the spending going toward booking television advertising, and has about $22,500 on-hand. The opposition group, the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, still has about $320,000 in the bank. [Read more at Boston Globe]

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