Backers to file signatures for pot legalization question


BOSTON >> Could recreational marijuana use be legalized in Massachusetts?

Those who say "yes" plan to file more than 25,000 voter signatures with city and town clerks by a Wednesday deadline, thereby clearing one of the last hurdles to secure a spot for their proposal on the November ballot.

Only 10,792 certified signatures are required at this stage, but sponsors of ballot initiatives typically try to gather much more in case some signatures are disqualified for various reasons.

Supporters of other proposed ballot questions tell The Associated Press they also have collected enough signatures to easily exceed the threshold.

Those measures include proposals to expand charter schools, abolish Common Core educational standards and ban the sale of food products from farms that keep animals in overly restrictive cages.


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