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Published: Wed, November 09, 2016
Health | By Constance Griffith

Death penalty, gun control, pot among ballot-measure issues

Death penalty, gun control, pot among ballot-measure issues

MA voters appear poised to enact Question 4, which allows adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana outside of their residences and up to 10 ounces of marijuana in an enclosed, locked space within their residences. Four states are also voting on raising taxes on a pack of cigarettes.

Both Massachusetts and ME previously voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and to authorize medical marijuana programs. A recently released survey from Western New England University Polling Institute found that 61% supported the measure compared to just 34% who opposed it. Proposition 64 would allow California residents 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of weed and grow six marijuana plants at home.

Those who follow live results of the marijuana legalization votes are likely to see numerous measures go through.

In Massachusetts, Question 4 is an initiative to regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use for adults 21 years and up, and polls suggest this one also will pass on November 8.

Washington state had a ballot measure that would allow judges to issue orders temporarily seizing guns from individuals who are deemed a threat. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and the District of Columbia. If approved, the measure would go into effect on December 15, 2016, and it would tack on an additional 3.75% excise tax on top of the state's existing 6.25% tax rate. The initiative, known as Prop 64, would add a 15% tax at the retail level on consumers ages 21 and up, but would also levy a cultivation tax of $9.25 per ounce on flowers and $2.75 per ounce on cannabis leaves.

Californians are expected to pass a ballot measure on Election Day legalizing recreational marijuana, and the prospect has cities and counties seeing dollar signs.

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Backers counter that removing prohibitions on adult use marijuana would largely remove the drug from the black market and generate a new stream of tax revenue. Businesses that have medical marijuana certification would be the first to be eligible for licenses.

Opponents, including Republican U.S. Sen.

Those fighting the measure drew millions from local and out-of-state donors, including casino owner Sheldon Adelson.

Shares of stocks considered by Wall Street to be pot plays rose Tuesday on optimism referendums to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California and medical purposes in Florida will be approved. If California votes "yes", recreational cannabis would be legal along the entire West Coast, giving the legalization movement powerful momentum.

As the Huffington Post noted, Election Day could end with almost one-quarter of the nation's population living in states where marijuana is now legal - with 29 states in total legalizing it in some form.

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