Marijuana opponents argue legalization would expose children to pot advertising

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8

A blown-up version of a marijuana advertisement from Colorado was set up alongside Sen. Jason Lewis on Wednesday, who referenced it as an example of how ads could target children if Massachusetts legalizes marijuana usage for adults. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

BOSTON (WWLP) – Marijuana opponents argue that legalizing recreational pot would expose minors to drugs through billboards and other advertising. Ballot question supporters are firing back – calling it a “scare tactic.”

Opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts gathered on the State House steps Wednesday. The Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts warned parents to vote against Question 4 because they say children would be exposed to advertisements promoting marijuana products.

“Kids and teenagers will see advertisements for enticing and highly potent pot products everywhere,” said state Sen. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester).

Massachusetts voters will decide this November whether to fully legalize, regulate and tax the sale of recreational marijuana for adults ages 21 and up.

Catherine Fennelly’s son died of a drug overdose last year. She told 22News her son became hooked on heroin after developing an addiction to cigarettes and marijuana. “I can’t stand back and watch my two other daughters have to grow up in a world where we’re teaching them anti-drug and now you’re going to legalize a drug,” said Fennelley.

Ballot question supporters believe a legalized and regulated marijuana industry could prove to be a safer alternative to the black market. “Yes on 4” Campaign’s Jim Borghesani said, “There’s just no connection between legal, regulated marijuana and increased teen use. It’s just a scare tactic.”

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8 – 34-days away.