Massachusetts

Attorney General asking voters to "wait" on legalizing marijuana for general use

Attorney General Maura Healey is asking residents, if this does become a ballot question, to say no.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - In November a proposed ballot question could go before voters that would legalize marijuana for general adult use.

Attorney General Maura Healey is asking residents, if this does become a ballot question, to say no.

She wants to first see how it plays out in other states that have legalized marijuana.

"Not now, not at this time. We're in the midst of this Opioid crisis I think it's really important that we talk about the public health aspects which haven't really been talked about. Legalizing recreational marijuana I think is a really bad idea for many reasons but to me most important is the health and well-being on young people," said the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

The state has already legalized medical marijuana and decriminalized the possession of less than an ounce of Marijuana. This new measure would legalize general marijuana use for all adults.

The new measure would also add taxes on sales of marijuana and a commission that would oversee regulation.

The Massachusetts Hospital Association opposes legalization, citing safety concerns including greater youth accessibility. Legalization supporters say that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol.

"There's people out there hoping that this could happen so they can be able to take it legal and not illegal and then have a problem with it when they're just normal citizens," said Joshua Andino of Springfield.

Colorado and Washington began retail marijuana sales in 2014. Oregon and Alaska have also legalized the recreational use but have not begun sales.


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