I supported Question 4, legalizing marijuana, because I feel there are too many ways for young people to get caught up in the criminal justice system. I think the ballot question needs little modification — but there are two kinds of troubling proposals under discussion in the legislature. I would welcome your thoughts before voting.
Last weekend, the Massachusetts Medical Society endorsed the legalization of safe injection facilities. I am the sponsor of a bill to create a framework for legal operation of these facilities. The bill speaks to a crying need, especially now that fentanyl is on the market being sold as heroin.
SD 792 was filed “by request” — it represents the views of one of my constituents, not my own views.
As a public advocate of marijuana legalization, I look forward to supporting the full implementation of the people’s will. However, I was not troubled by the decision yesterday to postpone the commercial sale of marijuana by six months. The real battles to protect the people’s will lie ahead.
I thought the Boston Globe got it just right in its recent endorsement of Question 4: The question may not be perfectly framed, but the answer is definitely yes.
I support the legalization of marijuana. The following summarizes why: The criminalization of marijuana has resulted in vastly unequal treatment between the white community and communities of color. The “crime” of marijuana possession has resulted in far too many people being involved in the criminal justice system, which has a long-term detrimental effect on person’s […]