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.
- "After robust Massachusetts majorities approved measures that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2008 and allowed its use for medical purposes in 2012, political analysts predict a legalization measure will probably garner the tens of thousands of signatures necessary to get on the ballot and enough votes to pass into law."
- "Dr. Kevin Hill argues there’s an abundance of misinformation about the weed — about addiction, about its effects on the brain and about how it could be or should be regulated. He says, 'If you think pot is a pleasant high with minimal risks,' the truth is, 'marijuana addiction is real' and that use by adolescents can damage development of the brain."
This segment aired on May 19, 2015.