State Sen. Jason Lewis Decides It's The 'Wrong Time' For Mass. To Legalize Pot

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In November, Massachusetts voters will very likely have a chance to decide whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

Someone who's thought a lot about this question is Mass. Sen. Jason Lewis, who chairs the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana. He's interviewed dozens of experts and traveled to Colorado to see first-hand how legalization works.

The Winchester Democrat had stayed neutral on the question, but now he's speaking out against legalizing pot in Massachusetts. He says it's the "wrong time" for the state to go down this road.


Sen. Jason Lewis, Massachusetts state senator, chair of the Public Health Committee and of the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana. He tweets @SenJasonLewis.


WBUR: Senate Committee Urges State To Proceed With Caution On Legal Recreational Marijuana

  • "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."

Massachusetts Legislature: Report of the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana

  • "In this report, the Committee recommends actions for the state to take to address numerous policy issues if marijuana were to be legalized. However, this should not be interpreted to indicate the Committee’s endorsement of marijuana legalization."

This segment aired on March 21, 2016.


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