Council certifies marijuana vote, law takes effect Thursday

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File – In this April 20, 2016 file photo, customers buy products at the Harvest Medical Marijuana Dispensary in San Francisco. California’s lopsided U.S. Senate is nearing a historic end and voters are pondering a long list of ballot questions that could legalize marijuana, end the death penalty and slap cigarette smokers with a $2-a-pack […]

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.

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.

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.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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