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119 legislators oppose pot legalization


Politics is sport. And sometimes the game is: Who has the bigger team?

Just ask the coalition aiming to defeat the November ballot question that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. The Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts announced Wednesday that 119 legislators — representatives and senators, Democrats and Republicans — are opposing the measure, which would greenlight retail pot sales starting in 2018.

That represents more than half the members of the 200-seat Legislature.

And it is no coincidence that the press release announcing the news came out the same day as the pro-legalization campaign, YES on 4, held a State House event trumpeting the support of two Boston city councilors.


Ten legislators have gotten on board the legalization train.

Game on.

See the legislators who are against marijuana legalization here:

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos and subscribe to his weekday e-mail update on politics at bostonglobe.com/politicalhappyhour