Marijuana opponents held State House news conference

The conference was at 10:30 a.m. at the Massachusetts State House steps

BOSTON (WWLP) – Opponents of marijuana legalization gathered outside the State House Tuesday morning to discuss how they believe the law would cause an increase in impaired driving.

Ballot Question 4 would legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, something that has been done in Colorado and Washington State, and is also being considered elsewhere. Tuesday’s news conference follows the release of an advertisement by Raisa Clardy, the wife of a Massachusetts State Trooper who was killed by a driver who allegedly smoked marijuana before the crash.

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Opponents of Question 4 cite a AAA study claiming marijuana-impaired traffic deaths doubled in Washington after marijuana legalization. Those favoring the law, however, say that OUI arrests for marijuana in Colorado actually went down following legalization; despite an increase in vigilance on the part of police.

Thursday’s news conference was held by AAA, Essex County District Attorney Jon Blodgett, State Representative and former Salem Police Chief Paul Tucker, and the No on 4 campaign.