Senate President Stan Rosenberg says state lawmakers should consider putting a non-binding question on the 2016 ballot asking voters if they would support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts.
The Amherst Democrat said he's trying to avoid the possibility that voters might approve another, perhaps poorly written ballot question also aimed at legalizing pot.
Two separate pro-pot groups have already said they hope to put questions on the 2016 ballot aimed at the full legalization of marijuana.
Rosenberg told reporters after a Monday meeting with Gov. Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert DeLeo that the national trend appears to be in favor of lifting prohibitions on marijuana.
He said the non-binding referendum would give lawmakers a green light to craft a legalization law through the normal legislative process.