New poll shows majority of residents in Massachusetts believe legalization of cannabis is overall positive for state

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A poll published this week showed that only a fraction of residents in Massachusetts believe legalization of marijuana has negatively impacted the state.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst and WCVB published a poll on Monday in which 61% of respondents said legal adult-use cannabis has overall been positive for the state. While 25% said it was neither positive nor negative, only 13% said it was negative.
“This poll also shows that legalization is reducing the stigma historically associated with cannabis, which will only enable the Commission to continue making headway on efforts to ensure full participation in this industry by disproportionately harmed communities,” Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven J. Hoffman said in a statement.
 
“Our work is far from done, and my colleagues and I will continue to be vocal about the solutions that are needed to ensure Massachusetts meets its equity mandate.”
 
The poll was conducted from Nov. 9 through Nov. 16 and consisted of 750 respondents.
 
On Nov. 8, 2016, Massachusetts voters approved the legalization, regulation and taxation of cannabis with 1,769,328 voters, or 52%, in favor of Question 4, and 1,528,219 voters, or 45%, in opposition. Legalization came following the 2012 approval of cannabis for medical use and the decriminalization of small amounts of the plant in 2008.
 
Nov. 20 represented the three-year anniversary of the first adult-use marijuana retailers opening in Massachusetts — the first on the East Coast.
 
Since then, 179 stores have started operations. A total of 325 adult-use marijuana establishments, including indoor and outdoor cultivators, product manufacturers, microbusinesses, delivery businesses, and independent testing labs, have opened, according to the Cannabis Control Commission.
 
The adult-use industry has generated more than $2.3 billion of gross sales revenue in that time, the CCC said.
 
 
 
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