Two pro-pot advocacy groups fought to add pot legalization to 2016 ballot
Massachusetts State Attorney General Maura Healey [Credit: WikiMedia Commons]
State Attorney General Maura Healey approved the proposed pot initiatives on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Voters will now be able to decide for themselves whether or not weed should be legalized in Massachusetts.
The proposed initiatives were submitted to by the Bay State Repeal and the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. The advocacy groups support marijuana legalization because regulation of sales and controlled access would make it more difficult for the drug to end up in the hands of America's youth.
Advocates now have until December 2 to collect more than 64,000 signatures. If the signature drive is successful, the Legislature would receive the proposal in May.
If officials then fail to enact the initiatives, an additional 10,000 signatures would be required in order to propel the proposed legislation onto the ballot in November of 2016. The proposal would then become a state statute, if passed.