Duxbury Selectmen voted in favor to sending a letter to the governor after listening to the facts regarding ballot question #4 on Monday night.
The Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Question Four, will be on the ballot this November.
Retired Hanover Police Chief and member of the Coalition Against the Legalization of Marijuana, Paul Hayes, spoke to Duxbury Selectmen at Monday night’s meeting.
Hayes said voters need to be informed about the facts and that marijuana if legalized will be used by underage persons.
“I say the main thing is to give people information and facts. People usually go with compassion, they don’t usually go with facts. If people really believe that this ballot initiative is not about money and someone making a lot of money off people’s misery than they are mistaken. If they also believe that this marijuana is not going to fall in the hands of people under the age of 21 then they are also sadly mistaken,” said Hayes.
Duxbury Police Chief Matt Clancy said the reasons why legalizing marijuana is NOT a good idea is simple.
“For me, very very simplistic. We are in the middle of a heroin epidemic and substance abuse crisis we have never seen before. To legalize another drug and truly a gateway drug is just completely irresponsible in my opinion,” said Clancy.
If Massachusetts voters say yes to Question Four in November, the state will join Colorado, Alaska, Washington State and District of Columbia in legalizing marijuana for recreational use.