MA: Out of state money floods campaigns for marijuana legalization

Although Massachusetts voters will decide the outcome of the referendum questions on next fall's ballot, at least two of the ballot question campaigns will be shaped in large part by forces outside the state.

A review of campaign finance reports found that organizations outside Massachusetts are the major backers of questions to legalize recreational marijuana and ban the sale of meat and eggs from confined animals.

The outside money means that those committees will be able to fund strong campaigns, with advertising and grassroots organizing. But it also opens the organizers up to criticism for not representing the interests of Massachusetts.

"It's going to make it tougher, but not impossible, for folks in Massachusetts, who are going to have to live with the results of whatever happens in the ballot initiative, to get their voice heard," said Daniel Delaney, a Boston lobbyist who used to work in public...

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