Massachusetts’ youth smoke marijuana at a rate 30% higher than the national average. Now a ballot question may cause the number of Massachusetts teen marijuana smokers to rise.
The proposed law in ballot question 3 has notable loopholes that require further examination. To educate the public about how this law is written, the Burlington Drug & Alcohol Task Force will hold a community forum on Tuesday October 9 at 7pm in the Murray-Kelly Wing of the Council on Aging at 61 Center Street.
Presentation of the specific details of this controversial proposed law will include:
- No minimum age requirement to purchase marijuana.
- 35 marijuana dispensaries in the state in the first year. More can open after the first year.
- Non-medical employees will distribute marijuana instead of doctors, nurses, pharmacists or health professionals.
- Legal possession of a 60-day supply of marijuana. The exact amount is undefined.
- Growing marijuana plants in the home.
- Any illness can qualify for marijuana, not just serious or terminal illnesses.
- Marijuana laced foods would also be allowed.
- Marijuana remains illegal under federal law regardless of how Massachusetts votes.
For more information please attend this educational forum on marijuana Tuesday October 9, at 7pm at the Murray Murray-Kelly Wing of the Council on Aging, 61 Center Street, Burlington MA.