State nursing group opposed to marijuana legalization

Nurses organization joins other state medical groups in opposition to Ballot Question 4.

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The 2000 member American Nurses Association Massachusetts has voted to oppose Ballot Question 4, an initiative that would legalize the use and sale of marijuana.

The group cited their concerns about the possible health effects of highly potent edible marijuana products if consumed by teens and children, as well as the dangers of an increase in impaired driving.  Other medical organizations opposed to Question 4 include the Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Hospital Association and Organization of Nurse Leaders.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association, a separate nurses union with 23,000 members, has not made any public endorsement on the referendum.

Learn more about the 2016 statewide ballot questions, and register to vote by October 19, at the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.