Pushback on proposed marijuana legalization bill

The Massachusetts Sheriff's Association said that they do not support the legalization of marijuana

Boston, Mass. (WWLP) – Smoking pot in Massachusetts might not be all it’s cracked up to be.

Four days after the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) said a law that would legalize marijuana for adult use is the “wrong prescription,” the state’s sheriffs said they’re also against the bill.

Last week, members of the MHA unanimously voted to oppose the ballot question, citing health and safety concerns including increased accessibility to youth.

“Clinicians and healthcare leaders from around the state have a clear message – this ballot question is the wrong prescription for Massachusetts. Based on the clear evidence and concern for our patients and our communities,” said MHA President and CEO Lynn Nicholas, “the hospital answer to whether recreational marijuana use should be legalized in Massachusetts is a resounding ‘no'”.

If the bill passes a vote in November, adults over 21 will be able to have up to one ounce of marijuana outside of their home, and up to ten ounces inside.

On Monday, the Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association also unanimously voted against the bill—citing long-term negative health effects of marijuana legalization.

Supporters of the bill disagree, and said that the sheriff’s association’s decision is “regressive” and “1930s-era”.

In 2008 and 2012, marijuana activists used the statewide ballot to pass state laws decriminalizing the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Other states such as Colorado and Washington, approved ballot questions to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana.

Retail sales in those states began in 2014.

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