Massachusetts is one of two East Coast legalization attempts for the 2016 general election.
Polling has shown that a majority of Massachusetts voters support the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, though the campaign faces steep opposition in the form of anti-legalization adverts and a $1 million contribution towards the anti campaign by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Nevertheless, advocates have out-fundraised and have hopefully out-performed their opposition throughout the year.
Check back later for updates to this post as election results come in!
Update 11:54 pm EST – Question 4 has been declared successful, with 53 percent support and 47 percent opposed, making Massachusetts the first state to legalize recreational cannabis on the East Coast.
Update 9:41 pm EST – The Associated Press via Google Election Tracker shows Question 4 polling at 52 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed with 18 percent of precincts reporting.
Update 9:02 pm EST – The Associated Press via Google Election Tracker shows Question 4 polling at 50/50 with 5 percent of precincts reporting.
Question 4, “Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act”
Personal possession limits: 1 ounce of flower in public, 10 ounces at home, 5 grams of concentrates in public.
Taxes: 3.75 percent excise tax, plus state sales tax. Local government can add up to a 2 percent tax.
Fees: $3,000 retail, product manufacturer, cultivator, and testing application fee.
$15,000 for retail, cultivation, and product manufacturing licenses.
$10,000 for a testing license.
Revenue disbursement: Does not specify, will be determined by commission.
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