Mass. voters say ‘yes’ to legalizing marijuana
Joshua Miller Special to Global News Centre
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The vote means the drug will become legal for use on Dec. 15, and marijuana shops can open in 2018.
Massachusetts voters on Tuesday legalized marijuana for recreational use, sweeping away more than a century of prohibition and opening the door to a massive new industry.
The vote means the drug will become legal for use on Dec. 15, and marijuana shops can open in 2018. It will pose an immediate challenge for the slow-moving state bureaucracy, which will need to quickly craft new laws and regulations to oversee what could soon be a billion-dollar business.
Voters approved the measure 53 percent to 47 percent with 66 percent of precincts reporting at 11:45 p.m., according to unofficial results.
The passage of Question 4 came despite opposition from Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley who argued it would be a mistake to legalize a new drug while the state battles a scourge of opioid abuse and who said legalization would result in danger to public health and safety.