SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Voters in Massachusetts decided on four state ballot questions Tuesday night.
Both Question 3 and Question 4 passed and will soon become laws in Massachusetts.
Question 3 prohibits farmers to sell animal products from keeping animals in cages that prevent them from lying down, standing up, fully extending their limbs, or turning around freely. The measure passed by a large margin with 78 percent ‘Yes’ votes and just 22 percent ‘No’ votes.
The law prohibiting this type of containment of animals will go into effect in 2022. Farmers who violate the law could face a $1,000 fine.
Question 4 legalizes recreational marijuana throughout the state. This controversial measure passed by a much tighter margin with 53 percent ‘Yes’ votes and 47 percent ‘No’ votes.
This law will take effect December 15. Residents 21 years old and up will be able to keep up to 10 ounces of marijuana in their homes and less than one ounce of marijuana on them in public. The law will also allow residents to grow six plants inside their homes.
Questions 1 and 2 did not pass Tuesday.
Question 1 would have allowed a second slots license in Massachusetts. Voters rejected this measure with 61 percent of ‘No’ votes and and 38 percent ‘Yes’ votes.
Question 2 would have lifted the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts. If it was passed, it would have allowed at least 12 more charter schools to open in Massachusetts, or would allow existing schools to expand. This measure was rejected with 62 percent of ‘No’ votes and 38 percent ‘Yes’ votes.