GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- On Thursday, you’ll be able legally to use marijuana, as long as you’re 21, but Senate President Stan Rosenberg wants to raise the legal age to 25.
“21 is fine because alcohol is already 21 so why change that for marijuana,” said David Cole of Deerfield. “If you’re going to make that kind of massive change, it should have already been on the ballot.”
The Senate President was among the few lawmakers who supported Ballot Question Four before the November 8th vote. He said there’s been research done showing that the full development of the brain doesn’t get complete until age 25 and smoking marijuana in large quantities can hurt its development.
The Recover Project in Greenfield helps community members struggling with drug abuse. Director Michael Lewis told 22News, 25 would be an appropriate legal age for marijuana.
“Using marijuana at that early of an age changes the course of people’s lives,” said Lewis. “Alcohol has been legal and the age is 21, there’s a reason why they moved that back.”
No other states that have legalized marijuana have set the legal age to 25. It will be at least a year until you can purchase marijuana. The first licenses for marijuana stores won’t be issued before January 1st, 2018.