There's been a rising chorus of official voices weighing in on the potential legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts. Voters will face the question on the November ballot.
Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and Attorney General Maura Healey came out in strong opposition to legalization, writing in an op-ed in The Boston Globe that "what the evidence show us...is that marijuana is not safe."
And Tuesday, a special report from the Massachusetts state Senate also raises concerns about the potential cost to public safety and public health. The report also explores options lawmakers might have to amend the law if voters legalize marijuana. And yet, the special Senate committee report does not take an official position on legalization.
Dr. Kevin Hill, director of the Substance Abuse Consultation Service in the division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital and author of "Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed." He tweets @DrKevinHill.
- "While not taking a position for or against legalization, the report strikes a cautionary tone, identifying few benefits and many potential pitfalls should Massachusetts become the fifth state to legalize recreational pot."
- "While not purchasing, senators stand wide-eyed as they pepper employees with questions about the products offered for sale, including cannabis oil and different types of edibles laced with a measured dose of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana."
This segment aired on March 8, 2016.