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Marijuana legalization advocates eye Massachusetts for 2016

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Supporters of legalized marijuana are eyeing Massachusetts for a possible ballot question in 2016 that would propose legalizing the drug for recreational use.

Massachusetts decriminalized the drug in 2008, and in 2012 legalized the use and sale of medical marijuana with ballot measures. But now, according to an article in the Boston Globe, advocates are looking to get the issue of legalized recreational marijuana on the ballot in 2016. 

Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of NORML, a national lobbying group working to legalize the drug, said that in 2016, "Massachusetts will find itself in the crosshairs for cannabis reform."

Outside groups are already pledging financial support to push the measure, though some state lawmakers think passage of such a ballot question may not be easy.

In 2012, ballot measures passed in Colorado and Washington state that legalized the sale of marijuana in those states for recreational use, in addition to medicinal purposes.

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