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

The Massachusetts Legalization, Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Initiative also known as Question 4 is an indirect initiated state statute question to legalize, regulate and tax recreational marijuana.[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. Former State Senator Ricky Cullen voted no recently, after winning re-election.[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 would be extended from January to summer 2018.[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 2016-11-09. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  2. ^ a b Keegan, Anne (2016-09-12). "Here Are the Massachusetts Ballot Questions for November 2016". Beacon Hill Patch. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  3. ^,_Question_4_(2016)
  4. ^ Miller, Joshua; O’Sullivan, Jim (2016-12-28). "Legislature votes to delay marijuana shops". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2016-12-28.