- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Supporters of one of several proposals to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts say they have begun collecting signatures to put the question before voters on next year’s state ballot.

The group calling itself the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol came to the Statehouse on Tuesday to tout the backing of several lawmakers, including Sen. William Brownsberger, a Belmont Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The proposed ballot question calls for regulating the sale of marijuana, including a 3.75 percent excise tax on retail sales.

The group says it will use paid signature gatherers to collect the minimum 64,750 signatures of registered voters around the state by a Nov. 18 deadline.

Four other U.S. states have laws that allow for the recreational marijuana use.

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