Massachusetts Ballot Questions Guide

By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-in-Chief) and Eli Hearne (Op-Ed Editor).

Question 1: Slots

A “yes” vote supports the proposal to grant the Massachusetts Gaming Commission the ability to issue an additional slots license. Massachusetts currently has one slot parlor and a “yes” vote would add another.

A “no” vote opposes this proposal, retaining the current law that allows three resort casinos and one slots parlor. Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville holds the only slots parlor license.

Question 2: Charter Schools

A “yes” vote allows for up to 12 approvals each year of either new charter schools or expanded enrollments in existing charter schools, but not to exceed 1% of the statewide public school enrollment.

A “no” makes no change in current laws relative to charter schools.

Question 3: Containment of Farm Animals

A “yes” vote prohibits any confinement of pigs, calves, and hens that prevents them from lying down, standing up, fully extending their limbs, or turning around freely.

A “no” vote makes no change in current laws relative to the keeping of farm animals.

Question 4: The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

A “yes” vote allows persons 21 and older to possess, use, and transfer marijuana and products containing marijuana concentrate (including edible products) and to cultivate marijuana, all in limited amounts, and would provide for the regulation and taxation of commercial sale of marijuana and marijuana products.

A “no” vote makes no change in current laws relative to marijuana.

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