VOTE NO TO LEGALIZING THE COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY:
Wrong for our kids
Marijuana use has long-term negative consequences for kids, and allowing the commercial marijuana industry into Massachusetts will lead to increased use by young people.
Marijuana is far more potent than it was a generation ago. Studies have put marijuana potencies at around 20% THC, and getting as high as 30%, compared to the 1980s when federal officials said the potency was about 4% THC.
Scientific evidence has proven that marijuana is addictive. The earlier kids begin using marijuana, the higher their risk of addiction - one in six users who start as minors become dependent.
Since becoming the first state to legalize, Colorado has also become the #1 state in the nation for teen marijuana use. Teen use jumped 20% in Colorado in the two years since legalization, even as that rate has declined nationally.
According to studies by the National Academy of Sciences and other organizations, marijuana use by adolescents can impair brain development, impact long-term career growth, and even lower IQ. Marijuana is associated with long-term health risks, including increased susceptibility to heart attacks and mental health issues.
Edible marijuana products account for more than 50% of the industry’s profit model. Marijuana infused products such as gummy bears, candy bars and “cannabis cola” are often indistinguishable from traditional products and attractive to children, placing them at significant risk of accidental use.
The proposed law is written to benefit the commercial marijuana industry, not the people of Massachusetts
This new proposed law is written by and for the commercial marijuana industry, not the people of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts has already acted to decriminalize personal possession and authorize medical marijuana. People are not being jailed for marijuana use nor are they receiving a criminal record for such activity.
The petition has specific language that limits communities’ (and the state’s) ability to restrict the locations and growth of pot shops. Two years into legalization, Colorado has more marijuana stores than Starbucks and McDonalds combined—and the numbers just keep growing.
As the industry profits, taxpayers will be left to foot the bill for the increased costs in health care and public safety. For instance, Colorado saw a 29% increase in marijuana-related emergency room visits the year marijuana was legalized, and a substantial rise in the number of traffic deaths involving marijuana.
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