Marijuana to be Legal Thursday in Massachusetts

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Tokers of the Commonwealth, rejoice.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin warned last week that the measure legalizing marijuana might have to be delayed, but now says that won’t be necessary.

Galvin’s office said Friday he will submit official results of the voter-passed legalization measure to the Governor’s Council Wednesday for certification. Barring any unforeseen snafu — or dramatic intervention by the Legislature to undo the will of the voters — possessing, using, and growing marijuana at home will become legal on Thursday.

Advocates, who were rankled by Galvin floating the possibility of a delay, exulted.

“This closes the door on an era that was marked by hysteria, by injustices, and by ineffective public policy,” said Jim Borghesani, who helped lead the legalization effort. “This opens up an era that may take a bit of getting used to, but as in many other social transformations, people will look back and say: What were we so worried about?”

The initiative, approved by more than 1.7 million voters on Nov. 8, allows adults 21 years and older to possess, use, and purchase 1 ounce or less of marijuana, beginning on Thursday.

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