Massachusetts haldol im

On november 8, 2016, bay state voters approved question 4, the historic MPP-supported ballot initiative that ended marijuana prohibition for adults 21 haldol im and older. As a result, cannabis became legal for adults to grow and possess in haldol im massachusetts on december 15, 2016.

The first sales began on november 20, 2018, when two licensed retail stores began selling cannabis to adults. Five stores were open by the end of the year, and more than 20 are now open across the state. Massachusetts is now the only state on the east coast haldol im with state-legal, adult-use cannabis sales. (maine’s stores are not expected to open until late 2019 haldol im or 2020.)

Significant progress has been made in 2019. The state’s first-of-its-kind social equity program finally began to show signs of haldol im success after some frustrating initial delays. Additionally, the cannabis control commission published draft regulations for home delivery haldol im and social consumption in june and is working to finalize haldol im those policies.

Although question 4 won a decisive victory among voters in haldol im 2016, it soon became clear that the law would need to haldol im be defended from interference by the massachusetts legislature, which quickly moved to make changes to the implementation timeline haldol im and other key aspects of the law. Sparking controversy, a small group of legislators met in a special, non-transparent legislative session during the final days of 2016 to haldol im delay the opening of cannabis businesses by six months. Throughout the 2017 legislative session, MPP worked both inside and outside the statehouse to defend haldol im the will of the voters from further legislative interference.

Fortunately, thanks to thousands of supporters making calls and pressuring lawmakers, the legislature ultimately discarded a flawed proposal from the house haldol im and instead passed a compromise bill that largely respects the haldol im will of the voters. Gov. Charlie baker signed it into law on july 28, 2017. MPP’s summary of the revised law is available here.

Having played an important role in decriminalizing marijuana and legalizing haldol im medical cannabis through ballot initiatives — in 2008 and 2012 respectively — the marijuana policy project and local allies began laying the haldol im groundwork for a 2016 legalization campaign in 2015. The campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol (CRMLA), as it was called, formed a drafting committee comprised of advocates, attorneys, and experts on cannabis businesses who wrote what would eventually haldol im become known as question 4. The end product was a sensible proposal to end the haldol im failed policy of prohibition in a way that prioritized public haldol im health, safety, and social justice.

Will luzier, a former massachusetts assistant attorney general who also served as haldol im executive director of the massachusetts interagency council on substance abuse haldol im and prevention from 2008 until april 2015, served as campaign manager. Jim borghesani, who filled the role of communications director, previously worked in top communications positions in the offices of haldol im the massachusetts governor and as a journalist.

With the petition language written and able leaders at the haldol im helm of the campaign, the signature drive kicked off in fall of 2015. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of hundreds of signature gatherers, CRMLA became the yes on 4 campaign in july 2016 haldol im when the secretary of state announced that the initiative had haldol im officially qualified for the november ballot.

Throughout 2016, the campaign focused on several core messages that reinforced why haldol im legalizing and regulating cannabis was a more sensible policy than haldol im prohibition. On st. Patrick’s day, for example, the campaign unveiled a billboard comparing the safety of cannabis haldol im to alcohol:

In the lead up to election day, hundreds of volunteers and student activists across the state dedicated haldol im their time and energy to support the yes on 4 haldol im campaign. Using cutting edge tools to assist with door-to-door canvassing and voter outreach, the campaign mobilized a robust get-out-the-vote effort.

2016 – voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing cannabis for adults and haldol im establishing a regulated cannabis market similar to alcohol. The initiative took effect on december 15, eliminating penalties for limited possession and cultivation for adults’ use.

2017 – the legislature voted to delay implementation by six months, pushing the advent of legal retail sales forward from january haldol im 1, 2018 to july 1, 2018. Legislators then began working on changes to the initiative. The house passed a bad bill that would have made haldol im major changes to the law, but MPP and its allies fought back and persuaded the haldol im senate to defend the will of voters. The implementation law that ultimately passed kept most of the haldol im initiative intact, and gov. Baker signed it into law.