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Massachusetts voters are deciding on a second slots parlor, charter schools, confinement of farm animals, and marijuana legalization.

Question 4 would legalize marijuana for adult (21+) recreational use on Dec. 15.

What you need to know about Question 4

Massachusetts voters will consider legalizing marijuana for recreational use on Nov. 8.

Bob Lobel


Bob Lobel: ‘I’m not the pied piper of pot’ but is in favor of recreational marijuana

The legendary sportscaster explains why he supports the legalization of marijuana.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley spoke against Question 4 with other political, religious, and civic leaders Tuesday at Dorchester’s Deliverance  Temple Worship Center.

O’Malley on marijuana: ‘People are more important than money’

One week before Election Day, religious and political leaders issued a grave warning against Question 4, which would make marijuana legal.

An early ballot envelope was held at town hall in North Andover last week.

Outside money flows for Mass. ballot items

Spending on Mass. ballot-question campaigns will eclipse the record-breaking $30.2 million spent in 2014.

The Boston Archdiocese is spending $850,000 in an effort to defeat Question 4.

Archdiocese gives $850,000 to fight marijuana bid

The Catholic Church says increased drug use is a threat to the church’s health and social-service programs.

Medical marijuana buds.

Shirley Leung

Buzzkill: Just vote no on Question 4

As a mother of two young kids, I am skittish about legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts. But as a taxpayer, I am downright petrified.

A marijuana bud.

Should marijuana use matter in child welfare cases?

Massachusetts child welfare officials are warning that a ballot provision could effectively tie the hands of social workers.

JOHNSTOWN, NY - AUGUST 19: Cannabis plants grow in the greenhouse at Vireo Health's medical marijuana cultivation facility, August 19, 2016 in Johnstown, New York. New York state lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana for medical use in 2014 and the law took effect in January 2016. Currently, five organizations are allowed to grow and sell the drug for medical use in the state. New York's new law only allows people with 'severe debilitating or life threatening conditions' to obtain marijuana for medical use. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


Just say ‘yes’ on Question 4

Despite the proposal’s many flaws, the harm stemming from continued inaction on marijuana would be even greater.

A man smoked marijuana in Amsterdam.


Vote no on Question 4 — it’s an industry-driven mess of a proposal

If Massachusetts voters approve the legalization of recreational marijuana, pass the weed. We’ll need it.

You asked, we answered: What to know about legalizing marijuana

A yes vote on Question 4 means legalization would take place Dec. 15.

24freetown - A rendering of a 1 million-square-foot marijuana greenhouse and processing center AmeriCann Inc. hopes to build in Freetown. (AmeriCann Inc.)

Plans for massive marijuana greenhouse advance

On the eve of a legalization vote, construction of the state-of-the-art complex for medical marijuana could begin within months.

If marijuana is legalized, the tax rate could get higher

If voters make marijuana legal in Massachusetts, buyers may pay a higher tax than what is in the referendum.

2016 may be a tipping point on marijuana legalization

Voters in five states look like they’re leaning toward approving such measures.

02statdog - Scared dog. (Michael Pettigrew/Shutterstock)

This is your dog on marijuana

As Mass. voters consider legalizing marijuana, veterinarians offer a word of caution: Keep your pets away from it.


What a ‘yes’ vote might mean on Question 4

Marijuana could soon be legal if voters decide on Nov. 8 to approve the drug for recreational use.

Mass. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg

Rosenberg backs marijuana legalization

Mass. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg announced his support of Question 4 in a radio interview Thursday.

A marijuana bud is seen before harvesting at a rural area near Corvallis, Ore., Sept. 30, 2016. Marijuana growers and entrepreneurs have a lot riding on ballot measures in 50 Oregon counties and municipalities in the Nov. 8 election, with some places having allowed marijuana businesses and other having banned it. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Marijuana legalization effort is ahead 15 points in new poll

For proponents of marijuana legalization, the smell of victory is in the air.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley is urging religious leaders to work against legalizing marijuana.

O’Malley urges religious leaders to fight marijuana measure

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston warned that legal marijuana would worsen the opioid epidemic and entice children to use drugs.

Salem Ma 6/24/2015 Chuck Grant (cq) displays his medical marijuana that he picked up from Massachusetts first medical marijuana dispensary in Salem. It is about 7 grams of marijuana that was in his bottle. He suffers from sleeplessnes and arthritis. Staff/Photographer Jonathan Wiggs Topic: Reporter

What you need to know about Mass. marijuana legalization

Massachusetts voters approved legalizing marijuana for recreational use on Nov. 8.

Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson attends the U.S. presidential debate between Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Sheldon Adelson donating $1 million to Mass. anti-pot campaign

The Las Vegas casino magnate is joining the fight against a ballot question to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Massachusetts.

Stakeout of marijuana grower stirs debate

Seizure of a grandmother’s pot plant has given new life to one of legalization advocates’ oldest arguments.

A boy runs towards the body of his father, a bus driver who was killed by alleged gang members for refusing to pay them a


Marijuana opponents fight the wrong greedy capitalists

Bashing tomorrow’s corporate marijuana titans is easy, but what about the drug cartels operating now?

Watch: Debate on legalized marijuana ballot question

The Globe is co-hosting a debate on Question 4, which would legalize and tax recreational marijuana for those 21 years and older.

Should marijuana be legal in Mass.? Both sides to debate Question 4

The Boston Globe, in conjunction with UMass Boston and WBUR, will host a debate on the possible legalization of marijuana Tuesday afternoon.

Capital Source

A bipartisan effort: Block legalization of marijuana

Republicans and Democrats are coming together for a fund-raiser aimed at stopping a ballot question to legalize pot.

Veronica Olivier and Manley Paul relaxed during a rally on Boston Common in support of the marijuana ballot initiative.

Supporters of recreational use of marijuana fill the Common

Massachusetts voters will decide in November whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants with their buds covered in white crystals called trichomes, are a few weeks away from harvest in the

Group backing marijuana legalization vote raises $2.4m

Of the $2.4 million, $2.19 million came from the New Approach PAC, a group based in Washington, D.C. that supports legalization efforts nationwide.


Should voters in November pass the ballot question to legalize marijuana?

Read two views, then vote in our poll.

An employee laid out a display of manicured marijuana buds at the Pueblo West Starbuds dispensary.

In Colorado, a county revolts against legalized marijuana

Pueblo County voters are considering terminating retail marijuana sales and operations.

Capital Source

On marijuana question, some pros, some cons

The results of a new citizen review panel on Ballot Question 4 are in.

According to a new poll, about half of registered Mass. voters oppose a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana for people 21 years of age and older.


Half of Mass. voters oppose legalized marijuana question

A survey found that 51 percent of state voters plan to vote against the marijuana legalization question, while 41 percent said they would support it.

Baker, Walsh, and DeLeo combine to oppose marijuana legalization

The governor, House speaker and the Boston mayor spoke against the plan at a high school for kids struggling with addiction.

A woman exhales while smoking marijuana during the annual 420 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Cannabis possession is illegal in most countries under a 1925 treaty called the International Opium Convention. But just like the U.S., some nations either flout the treaty or don't enforce it. Legalization supporters consider pot possession either legal or tolerated in Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, Germany and the Netherlands. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

What a bummer: Marijuana question marred by errors

The attorney general can approve quick fixes, assuming they don’t change the substance of the ballot measure.

Massachusetts legislators toured the Riverrock Cannabis facilities in Denver in January.

State lawmakers draw battle lines over marijuana legalization

If the referendum passes this fall, state lawmakers are prepared to temper the vote with measures like outlawing home cultivation.

Sally Vander Veer, president of Medicine Man marijuana dispensary, paused inside a growing room at their facility in Denver last month.

In Colo., a look at life after marijuana legalization

In November, Massachusetts voters are likely to consider a ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana.

Marijuana legalization ballot question clears another hurdle

Secretary of State William F. Galvin said the proposed law had exceeded a minimum petition signature requirement of 64,750.

Chuck Grant displayed his medical marijuana that he picked up from Massachusetts first medical marijuana dispensary in Salem last June.

Marijuana, charter school ballot initiatives likely to advance

Massachusetts voters are likely to confront six ballot questions next November.


Can we please stop pretending marijuana is harmless?

The truth is it can be dangerous, especially for young people.

State health officials press marijuana winners

Regulators ordered companies that received licenses to submit sworn statements that their applications were truthful.