- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on the proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

The state’s highest court has cleared the way for a question that calls for legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts to appear on the November ballot.

The Supreme Judicial Court in Wednesday’s ruling rejected a legal challenge aimed at blocking the question, but ordered state officials to change the wording of the title and one-sentence statement that explains the measure to voters.

The justices say the current title and statement are “clearly misleading,” in part because they do not specify that the proposed law could allow for the sale of marijuana-infused food products.

The ruling was issued just hours before supporters of legalized pot turned in more than 25,000 additional certified signatures to the secretary of state, well above the 10,792 signatures needed to assure a spot on the ballot.

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10:45 a.m.

The state’s highest court has cleared the way for a question that calls for legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts to appear on the November ballot.

The Supreme Judicial Court in Wednesday’s ruling rejected an attempt to block the question, but did order state officials to change the wording of the title and one-sentence statement that explains the measure to voters.

The justices said the current title and statement are “clearly misleading.”

The court heard two lawsuits, one arguing that people who signed petitions supporting legalization were misled about the potency of marijuana products that could become available, including food and beverages.

The ruling came hours before supporters of legalized pot planned to turn in the necessary voter signatures to the secretary of state to assure a spot on the ballot.

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12:20 a.m.

Advocates for legalized marijuana in Massachusetts say they expect to submit more than enough signatures to get on the November ballot.

They’re among backers of four questions facing a Wednesday deadline to deliver a final batch of at least 10,792 certified signatures to the Secretary of State’s office.

A legal challenge to the proposed marijuana question is still pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

The other questions would let Massachusetts add up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools each year outside of existing caps, ban the sale of eggs and other food products from farms where animals are confined to overly restrictive cages and let the state issue a second slots parlor license.

The court last week blocked a fifth question related to Common Core educational standards.


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