When it comes to legalizing marijuana for recreational use here Massachusetts, most public officials are against it. Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Attorney General Maura Healey all say they would vote no on a possible ballot initiative next November.
And on Monday, the chair of the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana, state Sen. Jason Lewis told Radio Boston that he, too, is against legalizing pot in the Commonwealth.
"Opening the door to legalization will no doubt send a message that marijuana is safe," Sen. Lewis warned. "It will likely lead to more young people, even more than today, using the product. And opening the door to a commercial market is then going to lead to advertising and marketing and celebrity sponsorships and many of the strategies we've seen used by the tobacco industry in the past."
Lewis spent months looking into the subject, including traveling to Colorado, where recreational pot is legal. We check in with Colorado's lead policy expert about how that state is faring since the first recreational marijuana sales started two years ago, and what lessons it could provide for other states.
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