Nov. 8 was an important day for cannabis legalization, with four states passing recreational marijuana, and 4 more states passing medical marijuana initiatives.
More than 1.7 million Massachusetts residents approved a ballot item item which allows adults 21 years and older to possess, use, and purchase 1 ounce or less of marijuana.
Those in the may be the first of recently legalized states to enjoy the benefits of legal marijuana, despite a last minute concern put forth by Secretary of State William F. Galvin that the Legislature could potentially undo the will of the voters.
However, no interference seems on the horizon, which means Massachusetts residents will likely be able to purchase legal cannabis on Thursday.
Galvin announced on Friday he will submit the official results of the election to the Governor’s Council Wednesday for certification and the next day, adults will be able to possess, use, and home-grow marijuana the following day.
“This closes the door on an era that was marked by hysteria, by injustices, and by ineffective public policy,” said Jim Borghesani aided the legalization effort. “This opens up an era that may take a bit of getting used to, but as in many other social transformations, people will look back and say: What were we so worried about?”