Marijuana should not be legalized in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey says

BOSTON - Attorney General Maura Healey detailed her opposition to legalizing marijuana on Monday while distinguishing that stance from her prior support for a voter referendum that decriminalized possession of up to one ounce of the drug.

"I supported the effort to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana a few years ago, and I appreciated the motivation behind that move and ultimately, the law," Healey told Boston Herald Radio. "What I oppose though now is full legalization of marijuana."

Healey said her opinion was informed by conversations with attorneys general from Washington and Colorado, where voters passed marijuana legalization referendums in 2012. Healey said that those law enforcement officials have not seen a drop in drug trafficking and saw people from out of state purchase "vast amounts" of the drug to traffic it.

Following successful ballot initiatives to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2008...

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