Thursday, November 10, 2016

In the News: marijuana passed, now what? ; Charter vote reflections

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Voters in Massachusetts have legalized marijuana, but it will likely be more than a year before the first pot shops open in the state. 
In the meantime, there’s a long to-do list for lawmakers and government officials. Following Tuesday’s vote, policymakers will soon begin the process of implementing and regulating pot sales in the commonwealth, a process that could potentially see legislators alter the new law by enacting higher marijuana tax rates and adding regulations. 
“I think there’s a general agreement that we need to respect the will of the voters and implement this, implement it in a reasonable amount of time and also resolve some issues that are not addressed in ballot question and some that were addressed but were not best practices based on the experiences in Colorado and Washington state,” said Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, one of the most prominent elected officials to support the pot legalization ballot question.

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"While local public school officials are thrilled that a ballot question to expand charter schools failed, charter school officials are feeling regretful that more students will not be able to reap the benefits of a charter school education. 
Ballot Question No. 2, which would have lifted the cap on charter schools, allowing 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions of existing schools across the state per year, was defeated 63 percent to 37 percent by Massachusetts voters Tuesday. 
Question 2 supporters argued that lifting the cap would provide under-served students in poorly performing school districts an opportunity to attend a charter school."

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the sidewalk on Oak St at the schools complex
the sidewalk on Oak St at the schools complex

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