Vote certifying delay could slow rollout of Mass. marijuana law

Lawmakers are quietly engaged in discussions about delaying some of the deadlines in Question 4, including delaying legalization of home growing.
Lawmakers are quietly engaged in discussions about delaying some of the deadlines in Question 4, including delaying legalization of home growing. –John Blanding / Globe Staff / File

Secretary of State William F. Galvin said Monday that the results of the Massachusetts marijuana legalization measure passed by voters may not be certified in time for it to go into effect Dec. 15, when the drug is slated to become legal for possession and use.

A successful ballot initiative does not officially become law until it is certified by the eight-member Governor’s Council, a Colonial-era body that meets every Wednesday.

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