You may have to wait longer for legal pot in Mass.

 In Lifestyle, Local News, Recreational Marijuana, Regulation

Secretary of State William F. Galvin said Monday that the results of the Massachusetts marijuana legalization measure passed by voters may not be certified in time for it to go into effect Dec. 15, when the drug is slated to become legal for possession and use.

A successful ballot initiative does not officially become law until it is certified by the eight-member Governor’s Council, a Colonial-era body that meets every Wednesday.

Galvin, the state’s top election official, said the earliest that official ballot question voting tallies are likely to be presented is at the Dec. 14 meeting. “And that is a 50-50 proposition,” he said.

In an interview, Galvin said there is no calculated effort to delay implementation, and the law is certain to be certified by the beginning of next year.


Photo credit: John Blanding/Globe Staff/File

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