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In 1981, attorney Dick Evans visited Beacon Hill to advocate for the full legalization of marijuana. He was pretty much laughed out of the State House. Almost 35 years later in Massachusetts, pot has been decriminalized, its medical use is legal, and Dick Evans is still pushing for full legalization.
In four states — Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Colorado — recreational marijuana use is permitted and it's likely that Massachusetts will vote on the issue in 2016.
That would represent long overdue progress for Evans, chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts.
Dick Evans, Northampton-based lawyer and chairman of the Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts.
Dr. Kevin Hill, addiction psychiatrist and clinical researcher at McLean Hospital. He's also author of the book “Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About The World’s Most Popular Weed.” He tweets @DrKevinHill.
This segment aired on May 19, 2015.