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Massachusetts: Recreational marijuana taxes increase before it is available for sale

In November 2012, 63.3 percent of voters approved Massachusetts’ medical marijuana initiative, An Initiative Petition for a Law for Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana, making it the 18th state in the nation, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize medical marijuana.

Four years later, by a vote of 53.6 percent to 46.3 percent, voters did the same for recreational marijuana with the Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative (also known as Question 4). Both were citizen-initiated efforts.

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