The campaign in support of Massachusetts Question 4 to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older has raised over $2.4 million in 2016 in support of their effort, according to data retrieved from the state.
The $2.4 million raised for the Yes on 4 campaign is nearly seven times the amount raised by the initiative's opposition group, the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts. This group - which is supported by Governor Charlie Baker, among others - has only raised around $360,000 since it launched earlier this year.
The primary contributor to the Yes on 4 campaign is the New Approach PAC, which has donated $2.1 million of the $2.4 million garnered.
The Yes on 4 campaign has spent nearly all of the $2.4 million that they've collected, having just $22,500 on-hand. The majority of the money went to TV advertisements. Although the on-hand money is low, the New Approach PAC is expected to make another large donation soon.
To the contrary, the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts has spent very little of their funding, still having $320,000 on-hand.
If passed into law this November, Question 4 would legalize the possession and state-licensed distribution of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. The personal cultivation of up to six plants would also be legal, and those in a private residence would be able to possess up to ten ounces rather than just one.
Question 4 is up for a vote on November 8th. Cannabis legalization is up for a vote on the same day in Arizona, Nevada, Maine and California.
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