BOSTON — Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts said they submitted more than enough signatures Tuesday to the secretary of state's office to keep alive their hopes of putting the proposal before voters next year.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said it collected more than 100,000 signatures on petitions around the state during the past two months, of which at least 69,000 were certified by city and town clerks.

Under state law, a minimum of 64,750 valid signatures from registered voters were needed to advance the proposed ballot question.

The proposal would allow Massachusetts residents 21 or older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana. It would also create a 3.75 percent state excise tax on retail marijuana sales that would be assessed on top of the state's 6.25 percent sales tax.

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