Massachusetts: Legal Marijuana Could Be Delayed

November 30, 2016

Massachusetts’ top election official said Monday that recreational marijuana might not officially become legal in the Bay State as soon as expected due to delays caused partially by the White House race.

Preliminary results of the Nov. 8 election suggest Massachusetts voted 54 percent to 46 percent on Election Day in favor of legalizing weed for cultivation, use and retail sale starting Dec. 15. First, however, a successful ballot initiative must be certified by an eight-member Governor’s Council in for it to officially become law.

William F. Galvin, the secretary of state for Massachusetts, told the Boston Globe on Monday that the Governor’s Council might not be able to certify the results of the marijuana ballot measure, “Question 4,” until after the legislation is supposed to take effect. The council only meets every Wednesday, and likely won’t consider the results of Question 4 until its Dec. 14 meeting, he told the Globe.

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