BOSTON (AP) — The Governor’s Council has certified the November ballot question that legalizes recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, though not without some contentious moments.
That means the law is now formally cleared to take effect on Thursday.READ MORE: 'George Floyd’s Life Mattered': Local Politicians React To Derek Chauvin Verdict
Jen Caissie, the only Republican on the eight-member elected council, pushed for a roll call on Question 4, which carried by more than 200,000 votes according to an official tally by the secretary of state’s office.
Caissie said she could not in good conscience vote to certify, calling marijuana a “gateway” to heroin.READ MORE: Gov. Baker Makes National Guard Available After Chauvin Guilty Verdict
Several other councilors objected to a roll call, saying their responsibility was only to certify the results of the election, not express their own views about the measure.
In the end, the results of the marijuana question were certified by a voice vote.MORE NEWS: Breaking: Derek Chauvin Found Guilty On All 3 Counts In Death Of George Floyd
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports: