Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction

Question 4 results by town. Towns with a majority of "yes" votes in green and towns with a majority of "no" votes in light orange.

The Massachusetts Legalization, Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Initiative also known as Question 4, was an indirect initiated state statute question to legalize, regulate and tax recreational marijuana that appeared on the November 8, 2016 Massachusetts general election ballot.[1]

  • A "yes" vote supports this proposal to legalize marijuana, but regulate it similar to alcoholic beverages.[2]
  • A "no" vote opposes this proposal to legalize recreational marijuana, keeping only medical marijuana legal.[2]

The proposal was approved with 53.59% of the vote.[3]

Delays in implementation[edit]

In December 2016, the state legislature voted to delay the opening date for recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts by six months. The opening was delayed from January 2017 to summer and eventually to November 20, 2018, the first day of state-licensed cannabis sales in Massachusetts.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AN INITIATIVE PETITION FOR A LAW RELATIVE TO THE REGULATION AND TAXATION OF MARIJUANA" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 9, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Keegan, Anne (September 12, 2016). "Here Are the Massachusetts Ballot Questions for November 2016". Beacon Hill Patch. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization, Question 4 (2016)".
  4. ^ Miller, Joshua; O’Sullivan, Jim (December 28, 2016). "Legislature votes to delay marijuana shops". Boston Globe. Retrieved December 28, 2016.