Massachusetts sheriffs opposed to marijuana legalization

The question could appear on the November ballot.

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BOSTON (AP) — The state’s county sheriffs are speaking out against a planned ballot question that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins and the state’s 13 other county sheriffs said Monday that the referendum would destigmatize drug use and make it easier for young people to get their hands on the drug.

Last week the Massachusetts Hospital Association announced it opposed the measure.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey and Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also oppose it.

The proposal would allow the recreational use of marijuana and possession of up to an ounce for those 21 and older.

It would also let individuals possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana in their homes.

The question could appear on the November ballot.

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