9 states to vote on marijuana legalization this year

WASHINGTON (WHDH) - Voters in nine states, including Massachusetts, will be voting next month on whether marijuana should be legalized for recreational or medical purposes.

Arizona, California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine will decide whether to legalize marijuana for personal use. Voters in Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana will decide if marijuana can be legalized for medicinal reasons.

A Gallup poll from last October shows more than half the country, 58 percent, think marijuana should be legal. Four years ago, Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

While some law enforcement officials said they are concerned that illegal marijuana use could rise with these votes, those who support legalization said the regulations will prevent illegal use.

“In all those that have passed it, you do have quality control assurance,” said Morgan Fox, the senior communications manager for the Marijuana Policy Project. “You have potency limitations, you have advertising limitations.”

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