Massachusetts Voters Want Full Legalization

Massachusetts Voters Want Full Legalization

Bay State voters called for end of marijuana prohibition in non-binding policy questions

BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts became the 18th medical marijuana state Tuesday night, with state-wide Question 3 cruising to a 63% victory at the polls. But many voters in Massachusetts saw not one, but two, marijuana questions on their ballot as non-binding Public Policy Questions (PPQ) asked voters in 45 cities across the Bay State if they wanted to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana or repeal marijuana prohibition on a federal level.

The answer: A resounding YES.

Voters’ strong support of marijuana legalization in Massachusetts could likely pave the way for a legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot.

When asked if their congressional representative should vote in favor of a Congressional resolution asking for the repeal of Federal prohibition of marijuana, voters in 21 towns answered with a 65% yes vote, consistent with Massachusetts’ ongoing statewide percentage of voters who favor marijuana reform.

More impressively, when voters in 23 towns were asked if their representative on Beacon Hill should vote in favor of legislation that would allow Massachusetts to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in the same manner as alcohol, a resounding 73% shouted YES.

The questions, sponsored by grassroots activists statewide, are non-binding, but send a loud, clear message to Beacon Hill:  Legalize and tax marijuana now, or we’ll do it for you with a ballot question in 2016.

Four years ago Massachusetts voters approved Question 2, decriminalizing possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, and last night approved Question 3, making Massachusetts the 18th medical marijuana state in the Nation.

The full results of the Public Policy Questions can be found below: (source: The Boston Globe)

Regulate and tax marijuana

Summary: Should the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate and tax marijuana in the same manner as alcohol?
2ND BERKSHIRE STATE HOUSE
City or town Precincts
reporting
No Winner Yes
Bernardston 1 of 1 286 733
Charlemont 1 of 1 130 422
Colrain 1 of 1 200 544
Dalton 2 of 2 1,009 2,025
Greenfield 9 of 9 1,916 5,513
Hawley 1 of 1 46 132
Heath 1 of 1 109 235
Hinsdale 1 of 1 243 630
Leyden 1 of 1 103 309
Monroe 1 of 1 17 29
Northfield 1 of 1 427 995
Peru 1 of 1 74 310
Pittsfield 1 of 1 0 0
Rowe 1 of 1 51 140
Savoy 1 of 1 90 212
Windsor 1 of 1 144 292
Total 25 of 25 4,845 12,521
Updated 10:54 AM
1ST ESSEX & MIDDLESEX STATE SENATE
City or town Precincts
reporting
No Winner Yes
Boxford 3 of 3 1,844 2,751
Essex 1 of 1 519 1,173
Georgetown 3 of 3 1,411 2,916
Gloucester 10 of 10 4,431 8,778
Groveland 2 of 2 1,418 2,051
Hamilton 3 of 3 1,582 2,468
Ipswich 4 of 4 2,534 3,854
Manchester 1 of 1 1,053 2,063
Middleton 2 of 2 1,657 2,375
Newbury 2 of 2 1,412 2,708
North Andover 4 of 4 2,732 3,817
North Reading 4 of 4 3,134 4,329
Rockport 3 of 3 1,271 2,723
Rowley 1 of 1 753 2,356
Wenham 1 of 1 851 1,298
West Newbury 1 of 1 790 1,626
Wilmington 6 of 6 4,472 6,085
Total 51 of 51 31,864 53,371
Updated 10:54 AM
2ND MIDDLESEX STATE SENATE
City or town Precincts
reporting
No Winner Yes
Cambridge 9 of 9 3,089 9,993
Medford 16 of 16 7,134 15,695
Somerville 0 of 21 0 0
Winchester 4 of 4 2,057 3,532
Total 29 of 50 12,280 29,220
Updated 10:54 AM
MIDDLESEX & SUFFOLK STATE SENATE
City or town Precincts
reporting
No Winner Yes
Boston 14 of 14 3,303 9,299
Cambridge 18 of 18 4,205 15,951
Chelsea 16 of 16 2,323 4,191
Everett 12 of 12 4,170 6,116
Total 60 of 60 14,001 35,557
Updated 10:54 AM
Summary: Should the state representative from this district be instructed to vote for a resolution calling on Congress to repeal the federal prohibition of marijuana, so that states may regulate it as they choose?
8TH ESSEX STATE HOUSE
City or town Precincts
reporting
No Winner Yes
Lynn 0 of 2 0 0
Marblehead 6 of 6 3,581 7,128
Swampscott 6 of 6 2,321 4,500
Total 12 of 14 5,902 11,628
Updated 10:54 AM
22ND MIDDLESEX STATE HOUSE
City or town Precincts
reporting
No Yes
Billerica 11 of 11 7,726 8,920
Total 11 of 11 7,726 8,920

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