Legal Marijuana Approved by Voters in Mass.; Charter School Question Fails

Questions 4 and 3 were approved by Massachusetts voters, while Questions 1 and 2 were rejected

Voters have approved a ballot measure making Massachusetts the first state in the eastern United States to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Tuesday's approval marks a major national victory for proponents of legalized marijuana. Currently, using the drug recreationally is legal only in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

The statewide referendum passed despite opposition from top elected officials, including Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Many business and religious leaders also had come out strongly against legalization.

Meanwhile, voters rejected a ballot measure that would have expanded the number of charter schools in Massachusetts by up to a dozen a year.

Proponents expressed disappointment on Tuesday evening.

Baker had campaigned for the referendum. He said in a statement that he's proud of those who fought to create more charter schools in the state "to provide more education choices for students stuck in struggling districts."

Opponents had argued that the measure would have drained resources away from traditional public schools.

Question 3, which regulates farm animal containment methods, was approved by voters, while Question 1, which would have allowed the state's gaming commission to approve another slots parlor, was rejected.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us