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Massachusetts residents to vote on legalizing marijuana

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Voters in five states will decide on Tuesday whether recreational use of marijuana should be legalized.

Massachusetts is among those states, but a police chief in Connecticut said the outcome could mean a new challenge for local departments.

"We need to remind Massachusetts residents that when they cross the state line, they're subject to Connecticut law,” said Suffield Police Chief Richard Brown.

If the majority of voters select 'yes' on question four this Election Day, people age 21-and-over would be allowed to have pot, and to grow certain amounts of it as well.

"We are in the process of speaking with our neighboring police departments, Southwick and Agawam, and we know if/once this passes, it will become a topic quite quickly that we'll know we need to address,” Brown said.

If the ballot question passes, adults could possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana in public, and have up to 10 ounces locked away at home.

Connecticut lawmakers have approved the use of medical marijuana for some serious illnesses, but, if you don't have a medical marijuana card, and you're caught with less than a half ounce, state police say the marijuana will be seized and you'll have to pay a $150 fine.

If it happens again, you’ll be paying even more.

If you’re caught with a larger quantity, you’ll be arrested and it is up to the courts to decide your punishment.

"I’m actually fine with it, I don't think there's any issue with someone carrying around one ounce,” said Deb, of Suffield.

However, others feel it sends a bad message.

"How many kids would be tempted to do something like that,” Eleni Pitsouli of East Hartford asked.

Amid the campaign, AAA has adopted a new policy, opposing the legalization of marijuana because of the negative safety implications.

Police maintain it's something they're always looking out for, and will do everything they can, to ensure drivers stay safe.

If the ballot question passes, it would go into effect Dec. 15 of this year.

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