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Massachusetts Marijuana Sales Begin; Rep. Joe Kennedy Supports Legalization

Citizens of the Bay State have much to be thankful for this week. On November 20th, just two days before Thanksgiving, adults over the age of 21 were able to legally purchase marijuana in the state of Massachusetts for the

Massachusetts High Court: Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Valid Measures For Determining Marijuana-Induced Impairment

Standard roadside field sobriety tests (FST) are not reliable indicators of marijuana-induced impairment, according to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Justices determined that there is a lack of scientific consensus as to the validity of FSTs for determining

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients’ Afforded Workplace Protections, High Court Rules

State-registered medical cannabis patients may sue a private employer for discrimination if they are fired for their off-the-job marijuana use, according to a first in the nation ruling issued today by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Opining for the court,

Massachusetts: Lawmakers Amend Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Measure

With little debate, House and Senate lawmakers voted today to significantly amend Massachusetts’ voter-initiated marijuana law. The vote sets the stage to delay the establishment of state-licensed marijuana retail facilities from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018. Governor Charlie

Massachusetts: Over a Century Of Cannabis Criminalization Comes to an End

Massachusetts today became the sixth US state to enact legislation eliminating criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis. The law change ends over a century-long policy of criminal cannabis prohibition in the Bay State. Massachusetts

Massachusetts Voters Approve The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

According to the Associated Press, voters in Massachusetts will approve Question 4, legalizing the adult use of marijuana for adults. The AP has the measure leading by a vote of 53 percent to 47 percent and has called the race. “Massachusetts

Massachusetts: Adult Use Marijuana Measure Qualifies For November Ballot

Massachusetts voters will decide this November on a statewide ballot measure to legalize and regulate the adult use and retail sale of cannabis. The Secretary of State’s office has confirmed that initiative proponents, The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol,

Massachusetts: Majority of Likely Voters Favor Legalizing Cannabis

A majority of likely Massachusetts voters support legalizing marijuana, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll released today. Fifty-three percent of respondents said that they “favor … the legalization of marijuana.” Thirty-seven percent of respondents opposed legalization. Ten percent were

Massachusetts’ Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect

Question 3, ‘An Initiative Petition for a Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana,’ took effect on Tuesday, January 1. Sixty-three percent of state voters approved the measure on Election Day. Massachusetts is the 18th state since 1996 to

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative Set to Win in a Landslide

Recent polling data released by the Boston Globe has Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 3, winning by a landslide. A survey of 502 likely Massachusetts voters, conducted between September 21 and September 27, has support for Question 3 at 69%,

Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 3, Maintains Strong Lead

Suffolk University, in conjuncture with 7NEWS, just released new polling data for Massachusetts’ medical marijuana initiative, Question 3. The new survey of 600 likely Massachusetts voters had support for the initiative at 59%, opposition at 35%, and 6% undecided. This

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved to Go Before Voters in November

A representative from the Secretary of State’s Office in Massachusetts has confirmed that an initiative seeking to allow for medicinal cannabis use by qualified patients has been approved for November’s ballot in the Bay State. The ballot language reads: “A

Marijuana Law Reform Marching On: Legalization Highly Favored In New Massachusetts Poll

58% support in Massachusetts for legalizing marijuana and regulating it as other agricultural commodities Georgetown, MA – This evening, attendees at the Second Annual Massachusetts Cannabis Convention hosted by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition/NORML (MassCann/NORML) at the Crowne Plaza in

Marijuana Law Refom Marching On: Legalization Highly Favored In New Massachusetts Poll

58% support in Massachusetts for legalizing marijuana and regulating it as other agricultural commodities Georgetown, MA – This evening, attendees at the Second Annual Massachusetts Cannabis Convention hosted by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition/NORML (MassCann/NORML) at the Crowne Plaza in

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana proposal: No home grow, no chronic pain

Massachusetts is one of the few states on the east side of our country that has the power of citizen initiative petitioning to create laws and constitutional amendments.  (See the I & R Institute for all the details.)  In 2008,

NORML.ORG – Massachusetts: Municipal Voters Back Marijuana Reform Questions

Boston, MA: Voters in over 70 cities and towns decided favorably on non-binding public policy questions regarding the taxation of the adult use of marijuana and the legalization of the physician-supervised use of medical cannabis. Approximately 13 percent of the