Massachusetts’ most important politicians came out fighting legal cannabis. Voters, there are on their way to choose whether to legalize cannabis on the ballot this November or prolong its prohibition. However, the state’s Republican governor and Democratic attorney general have worked with Boston’s mayor urging citizens to “Just Say No.”

Highlighting that Massachusetts has already decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis and is on its way to setting up a medical cannabis era, the politicians state that “the question before us now is whether marijuana should be fully legal and widely available for commercial sale. We think the answer is ‘no.'”

They state that regular cannabis use decreases IQ. However, studies state that it does not do that. They added that it has an effect brain development. Again, more recent research states that this is not true. In addition, they added that it has a poor effect on graduation rates and career success, but studies show that it is more complex than that. Finally, they say that a commercial market will lead to more youth using marijuana, which has not happened in Washington or Colorado up to now.

Basically, their conclusion is that “Marijuana is not safe.” Earlier this week, a Massachusetts Senate committee published a long report repeating these points and writing ways that lawmakers could reduce the effect of the ballot initiative if it goes through in November. In fact, a group of state senators went on a trip to Colorado to figure out the facts and even spoke to more than seventy-five experts to find a number of ways that the state legislature could retaliate if the drug was legalized.

The most prominent Senate recommendation that they were able to find was limiting the availability of certain edible products that might appeal to the youth, such as candy and gummy bears.

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