State lawmakers trying to determine how to implement legalization of marijuana

54 percent of Massachusetts voters said yes to legal pot Tuesday in Ballot Question 4.

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Massachusetts adults will soon be able to legally grow and smoke marijuana, with some exceptions. 54% of Massachusetts voters said yes to legal pot Tuesday in Ballot Question 4.

“I voted in favor of it. I think it’s a burden on the tax system and to fund the police to have to deal with it,” said Jesus Leyva of Greenfield. “Treat it the same way as they treat alcohol.”

With the majority of voters saying yes to Question 4, it will be legal in Massachusetts for anyone 21 or older to buy, possess, and use up to an ounce of marijuana starting December 15th. They also can grow up to six cannabis plants of their own. State lawmakers are trying to determine how to implement and enforce the new law.

“Even though that there will be guidelines for it, people aren’t going to listen,” said John Parks of Greenfield. “Yeah it may be the law now, but there will still be people who sell it.”

Retail stores won”t be able to sell pot in Massachusetts until 2018. The law allows for a 12 percent tax on marijuana. If unchanged, it would be the lowest of any state that has legalized pot.

Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. California and Nevada voters also legalized it Tuesday.

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