I received the following action alert out of Massachusetts yesterday:
As you are likely aware, numerous Massachusetts communities are moving forward with local ballot measures that would place bans or moratoriums on cannabis businesses. We all worked diligently last year to end the statewide failure of prohibition, and we do not want to see a patchwork of local prohibition policies take its place across the state.
The town of Milford will vote in a special election this Tuesday (September 19). This measure would ban new cannabis businesses in Milford. If you are registered to vote in Milford, please go to the polls on Tuesday and vote NO on this local ballot question.
To vote, go to your regular polling location between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. this Tuesday.
A local ban in Milford would create opportunities for the unregulated market to persist and would deprive the town of a new source of tax revenue. Regulating marijuana sales through licensed businesses is the correct public policy decision, and that’s just one reason why a majority of Milford voters chose to approve Question 4 last year.
We will continue to monitor local prohibition efforts so that you can vote against these misguided measures. And we will remain engaged in the implementation process at the state level to ensure that Massachusetts meets the July 1, 2018 deadline for opening stores.
Director of State Campaigns
Marijuana Policy Project