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Locals vote ‘yes’ on legalizing marijuana

By Bruno Matarazzo Jr.
Staff Writer

SALEM — Local voters said “yes” to the idea of legalizing marijuana
yesterday in two legislative districts.

It was a non-binding referendum question, but a chance to gauge the
opinion of residents. The question asked whether lawmakers should enact
legislation that would allow the state to regulate the taxation,
cultivation and sale of marijuana to adults.

Locally, it appeared on ballots in the 7th Essex District (Salem) and 8th
Essex District (Marblehead, Swampscott and part of Lynn.)

All four communities voted in favor, with a total vote of 16,255 to

Salem voted 6,877 in favor and 5,361 against. Swampscott voted 3,471 in
favor and 2,608 against. Two wards in Lynn voted 722 in favor and 644
against. Marblehead voted 5,185 yes to 3,999 no.

The question comes two years after voters in Massachusetts voted to allow
possession of less than an ounce of marijuana for personal use without
incurring criminal penalties. It was put on the ballot through the efforts
of the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition.