Legalizing recreational pot closer to the November ballot

The ballot question would be binding

(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Legalizing recreational marijuana moved a step closer to becoming a binding ballot question in November.

The proposed ballot question allows residents 21 or older to legally possess up to 1 ounce of the drug. It would also place a combined 10 percent state tax on the sale of marijuana.

Cities and towns would also have the option to add an additional 2 percent tax on the drug. Despite heavy taxes, some say the hype of legalization wouldn’t keep people away from buying the drug.

Imani Edwards of Springfield said, “They don’t care. It could be for a little bit, and they’ll pay an extra $20. They’re going to buy it. It doesn’t matter.”

Under the proposed ballot question, people would also be able to possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana in their home.

The ballot question would be binding, so if it passes it would become state law.

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