On November 8, Massachusetts voters chose yes on Question 4 — a bill to legalize the recreational use, possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana. Previously, marijuana was only permitted for medicinal purposes, but under the new law individuals at least 21 years old will be able to use, grow and possess cannabis.
The measure creates a regulatory structure called the Cannabis Control Commission, which will oversee marijuana legalization and issue licenses to groups that seek to sell marijuana products. The Commission will consist of one commissioner and two associate commissioners who will be appointed by the State Treasurer. No more than two members of the commission may be of the same political party.
The measure stipulates that individuals can possess under 10 ounces of marijuana inside their homes and under 1 ounce in public. They will also be able to grow up to 6 marijuana plants in their homes.
Local towns and municipalities have the option to ban local grow operations and/or retail stores, but such a ban may only come about through a full vote of the local people, not just a city council ordinance.