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Massachusetts Marijuana Initiative Backers Respond To Baker, DeLeo, Walsh Opposition


massachusetts marijuana campaign 2016The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol issued the following statement in response to Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s announcement on Thursday that they have formed a committee to oppose the campaign’s initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Massachusetts.

Earlier in the day, the Western New England University Polling Institute released the results of a statewide survey that found 57% of Massachusetts voters support the proposed initiative and just 35% are opposed.

Statement from Jim Borghesani, communications director for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol:

“Our campaign will not allow our opponents to claim the high road on matters of public health and safety. The truth is that the greatest danger associated with marijuana is its illegal status. Our opponents seem to prefer that criminals control the marijuana market and sell untested, unlabeled products to people of any age.

“Gov. Baker and others need to understand that conflating the opioid epidemic with marijuana sends a very dangerous message to our youth. The blurring of lines between drugs in this country is a pattern that started with Richard Nixon more than four decades ago. And it has caused more harm than good. We need to be honest with our kids —heroin kills, marijuana does not. There is no more evidence that using marijuana leads to heroin than there is that riding a tricycle leads to joining the Hells Angels.

“We share the goal of reducing marijuana use among youth, but we think regulating it is much better than leaving drug cartels and criminals in control. The current system is very dangerous for consumers who purchase marijuana that is not tested, not labeled, and not packaged in child-resistant containers. And, of course, drug dealers don’t ask for IDs.

“The people of Massachusetts recognize that we as a society would be better off with marijuana sold in regulated stores. This is why 57% of voters — including 74% of voters under the age of 40 — said they would vote in favor of our initiative in a recent survey by Western New England University.”

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Source: The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is supporting a 2016 statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateMassachusetts.org.


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  1. saynotohypocrisy on

    Awareness that The Emperor Has No Clothes keeps growing. As someone said on this site recently: Immovable object, meet irresistible force. At least in the states that trust the people to decide.

  2. saynotohypocrisy on

    On this issue, as a group, yes, because older folks are more familiar with reefer madness than with the reality of weed (and some of them should be willing to admit this), and much, much less affected by prohibition than younger people. If young people feel so overwhelmingly that other young adults using weed instead of booze shouldn’t be a problem, why would a serious older person, who doesn’t know that much about young people today or about weed, feel the need to stand in their way, without at least trying to understand why young people feel the way they do about legal weed?

    I’ll double down on this: Old people in this country are screwing young people economically even without cannabis prohibition, so they don’t need to also screw young people by making their chemical buzz illegal while the oldster’s choice of killer alcohol is so very legal.

  3. Thomas Clark on

    I think you should try reading it. (Older folks should defer to younger voters ? )

  4. saynotohypocrisy on

    You call this post of yours an example of working together? I’m 65. Your post is so unrelated to where I’m coming from, I don’t even know where to begin. You think I was criticizing older reformers??? The only people I was insulting in my post are prohibitionists. Why don’t you try rereading my post?

  5. Thomas Clark on

    The people you consider old, are the people who got us here today. Old people as you like to say are the ones who have been fighting this war since before you learned to wipe your a–, I’ve been fighting the system for over 50 years, so don’t lay all your dislikes at some age barrier you think distinguishes you as the a noble one. Learn what it means to work together, or go ask an old person to help you understand it.

  6. “We share the goal of reducing marijuana use among youth, but we think regulating it is much better than leaving drug cartels and criminals in control.”

    Let’s change “think” to “know”. Just say know. We all know that legalizing cannabis reduces youth use. We’ve seen it in every state that has legal weed. Medical or just legal, it DOES reduce youth consumption. Let the prohibitionist wiggle in their own shit. They are on the wrong side of the people and what’s right.

  7. Thomas Clark on

    Good luck to everyone in Massachusetts. One more state closer to the goal of freedom.

  8. Lawrence Goodwin on

    I look forward to a trip next year to newly nicknamed Boston, “Bud Hub of the Universe.”

  9. saynotohypocrisy on

    74% of people under the age of 40 in favor! Maybe older folks should defer to younger voters on this. Younger people are much more directly affected by prohibition, that they feel so overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing weed should give any serious prohibitionist, if there is such a thing, grounds for some rethinking about cannabis.

  10. Good luck to the RMLA! I hope they are successful and the initiative wins in a landslide.

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