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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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Middlesex County Results
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City/Town Ward Pct Blank Votes Total Votes Cast
Totals 431,211 358,686 18,733 808,630
Acton More »
 
6,641
6,097
229
12,967
Arlington More »
 
15,245
11,436
590
27,271
Ashby
 
1,113
738
82
1,933
Ashland More »
 
4,773
4,416
137
9,326
Ayer More »
 
2,399
1,706
71
4,176
Bedford More »
 
3,732
4,194
140
8,066
Belmont More »
 
7,585
6,868
238
14,691
Billerica More »
 
11,505
10,506
347
22,358
Boxborough
 
1,533
1,490
46
3,069
Burlington More »
 
6,303
7,662
254
14,219
Cambridge More »
 
36,636
14,543
2,103
53,282
Carlisle
 
1,720
1,556
115
3,391
Chelmsford More »
 
9,911
10,242
289
20,442
Concord More »
 
5,725
5,532
190
11,447
Dracut More »
 
8,313
7,840
284
16,437
Dunstable
 
1,083
929
23
2,035
Everett More »
 
6,552
6,864
807
14,223
Framingham More »
 
15,866
13,419
743
30,028
Groton More »
 
3,798
2,952
62
6,812
Holliston More »
 
4,570
4,123
74
8,767
Hopkinton More »
 
4,444
4,814
78
9,336
Hudson More »
 
5,560
5,119
186
10,865
Lexington More »
 
8,590
9,565
436
18,591
Lincoln More »
 
2,088
1,799
70
3,957
Littleton More »
 
3,233
2,713
55
6,001
Lowell More »
 
19,896
15,627
1,823
37,346
Malden More »
 
11,866
10,004
1,125
22,995
Marlborough More »
 
9,416
8,536
384
18,336
Maynard More »
 
3,564
2,458
68
6,090
Medford More »
 
17,008
12,630
890
30,528
Melrose More »
 
8,595
8,077
289
16,961
Natick More »
 
10,674
9,067
356
20,097
Newton More »
 
25,516
20,796
1,157
47,469
N. Reading More »
 
4,168
4,865
121
9,154
Pepperell More »
 
3,721
3,046
79
6,846
Reading More »
 
6,912
8,476
217
15,605
Sherborn
 
1,309
1,387
27
2,723
Shirley
 
1,997
1,420
33
3,450
Somerville More »
 
30,099
9,684
1,091
40,874
Stoneham More »
 
6,121
6,886
286
13,293
Stow More »
 
2,377
2,052
58
4,487
Sudbury More »
 
5,291
5,518
131
10,940
Tewksbury More »
 
8,518
8,807
283
17,608
Townsend More »
 
2,903
2,258
69
5,230
Tyngsborough More »
 
3,562
3,200
83
6,845
Wakefield More »
 
7,381
8,179
258
15,818
Waltham More »
 
14,382
11,870
477
26,729
Watertown More »
 
11,005
7,201
462
18,668
Wayland More »
 
4,268
4,189
151
8,608
Westford More »
 
6,645
7,232
194
14,071
Weston More »
 
2,920
3,673
103
6,696
Wilmington More »
 
6,583
6,820
192
13,595
Winchester More »
 
5,503
7,262
223
12,988
Woburn More »
 
10,093
10,343
454
20,890
County Totals 431,211 358,686 18,733 808,630