Braintree: Medical Marijuana ballot question among topics at town drug forum

Speakers at Braintree drug forum

Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan hosted Braintree’s second annual informational drug forum at Braintree Town Hall Wednesday night.

About 60 people turned out for the forum.

Public service videos produced by Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey were shown, featuring teens talking about how to cope with peer pressure and situations regarding alcohol and drugs. WATD’s John Penny spoke with the District Attorney about the videos.

“We think one of the ways you can reach younger people particularly is though videos – whether that’s through producing television programs or short little snippets put up on Facebook, YouTube, or downloading them from the district attorney’s website. Its great tool for parents to have a discussion with your kids, or come up with some ideas on how to deal with the problem of young people, being faced with the challenge of the use of drugs or alcohol”, Morrissey explained.

Arlene Goldstein from the Impact Quincy Drug Prevention Program tackled the issue of Question 3 on the ballot in November, which calls for the legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts.

Goldstein said, “Advocates are saying it’s all about the medicinal properties, that really hasn’t been proven – people have a choice and data shows that less than 5% use it for that reason. There are F.D.A. approved items, such as Marinol vs. smoked marijuana, which is what medical marijuana on the ballot is about – whether we legalize the purchasing and growing of marijuana that is to be smoked”. 

Other speakers included Senator John Keenan, Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti and recovering addicts from Gavin House in South Boston.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.