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Summary of Question 4
The proposed law would permit the possession, use, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana in limited amounts by persons age 21 and older and would remove criminal penalties for such activities. It would provide for the regulation of commerce in marijuana, marijuana accessories, and marijuana products and for the taxation of proceeds from sales of these items. The proposed law would authorize persons at least 21 years old to possess up to one ounce of marijuana outside of their residences; possess up to ten ounces of marijuana inside their residences; grow up to six marijuana plants in their residences; give one ounce or less of marijuana to a person at least 21 years old without payment; possess, produce or transfer hemp; or make or transfer items related to marijuana use, storage, cultivation, or processing. The measure would create a Cannabis Control Commission of three members appointed by the state Treasurer which would generally administer the law governing marijuana use and distribution, promulgate regulations, and be responsible for the licensing of marijuana commercial establishments. The proposed law would also create a Cannabis Advisory Board of fifteen members appointed by the Governor. The Cannabis Control Commission would adopt regulations governing licensing qualifications; security; record keeping; health and safety standards; packaging and labeling; testing; advertising and displays; required inspections; and such other matters as the Commission considers appropriate. The records of the Commission would be public records. The proposed law would authorize cities and towns to adopt reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of operating marijuana businesses and to limit the number of marijuana establishments in their communities. A city or town could hold a local vote to determine whether to permit the selling of marijuana and marijuana products for consumption on the premises at commercial establishments. The proceeds of retail sales of marijuana and marijuana products would be subject to the state sales tax and an additional excise tax of 3.75%. A city or town could impose a separate tax of up to 2%. Revenue received from the additional state excise tax or from license application fees and civil penalties for violations of this law would be deposited in a Marijuana Regulation Fund and would be used subject to appropriation for administration of the proposed law. Marijuana-related activities authorized under this proposed law could not be a basis for adverse orders in child welfare cases absent clear and convincing evidence that such activities had created an unreasonable danger to the safety of a minor child. The proposed law would not affect existing law regarding medical marijuana treatment centers or the operation of motor vehicles while under the influence. It would permit property owners to prohibit the use, sale, or production of marijuana on their premises (with an exception that landlords cannot prohibit consumption by tenants of marijuana by means other than by smoking); and would permit employers to prohibit the consumption of marijuana by employees in the workplace. State and local governments could continue to restrict uses in public buildings or at or near schools. Supplying marijuana to persons under age 21 would be unlawful. The proposed law would take effect on December 15, 2016.

Question 4: Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 3, 2016?

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Berkshire County Results
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City/Town Ward Pct Blank Votes Total Votes Cast
Totals 37,955 26,655 1,898 66,508
Adams More »
 
2,287
1,714
79
4,080
Alford
 
189
98
20
307
Becket
 
690
338
19
1,047
Cheshire
 
1,039
824
28
1,891
Clarksburg
 
448
392
56
896
Dalton More »
 
1,745
1,671
67
3,483
Egremont
 
537
285
23
845
Florida
 
200
165
35
400
Great Barrington More »
 
2,364
1,323
77
3,764
Hancock
 
207
173
17
397
Hinsdale
 
605
460
71
1,136
Lanesborough
 
1,016
705
26
1,747
Lee
 
1,671
1,353
75
3,099
Lenox
 
1,601
1,404
91
3,096
Monterey
 
330
192
32
554
Mount Washington
 
68
34
5
107
New Ashford
 
101
52
8
161
New Marlborough
 
532
290
49
871
N. Adams More »
 
3,531
2,172
176
5,879
Otis
 
525
367
32
924
Peru
 
306
204
9
519
Pittsfield More »
 
11,646
8,293
539
20,478
Richmond
 
568
424
13
1,005
Sandisfield
 
299
155
34
488
Savoy
 
214
163
24
401
Sheffield
 
1,124
693
125
1,942
Stockbridge
 
767
502
36
1,305
Tyringham
 
154
131
14
299
Washington
 
190
126
11
327
W. Stockbridge
 
541
347
13
901
Williamstown More »
 
2,160
1,387
76
3,623
Windsor
 
300
218
18
536
County Totals 37,955 26,655 1,898 66,508