New England States
In Maine, supporters of legalization turned in over 99,000 petition signatures to have the referendum listed on the November ballot. But 47,000 of those signatures were deemed invalid, leaving the initiative almost 10,000 signatures short. After a legal battle, supporters were victorious and the referendum will be placed on ballot. Much like California’s proposal, Maine’s would legalized marijuana for recreational use and allow for the possession of up to one once of pot and six plants. It would also impose a 10% state tax on sales.
Like Maine, voters in Massachusetts turned in more than enough petition signatures, but opponents challenged them. The court ruled in favor of legalization supporters and the initiative will appear on the November ballot. The referendum allows for the possession of one ounce of marijuana, the storage of up to 10 ounces at home and the right to grow 6 plants. It would also impose a 10% sales tax.