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Marijuana legalization backers say they have 100,000 signatures

Backers of a proposed ballot question to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts say they’ve collected more than 100,000 signatures in support of the initiative.

If certified, those would be well above the 64,750 signatures needed to continue the process of putting the question on the 2016 state ballot.

The measure would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow a limited number of marijuana plants in their homes. It would also create a 3.75 percent state excise tax on retail marijuana sales and establish a regulated system of licensed marijuana retail outlets and cultivation and testing facilities overseen by a commission similar to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.


The question is one of two proposed ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana in the state.