In the summer of 2015, a coalition of local and national advocates drafted a ballot initiative that was certified by the Attorney General. In the Fall the campaign collected over 105,000 signatures, needing only 64,750 in the first round of signature collecting. After consideration by the Legislature resulted in no action, another 25,000 voter signatures were collected in the Spring of 2016, easily surpassing the requirement of 10,753 for final ballot access.
Just before the second round of signatures were certified, opponents of reform filed a lawsuit seeking to derail the process. In July 2016 the Supreme Judicial Court rejected those claims and placed our initiative on the November 2016 ballot.
As a result of the work of many committed advocates, voters in the Commonwealth will decide on November 8, 2016 on taxing and regulating the adult use of marijuana.