Marijuana Legalization Health Risks? Massachusetts Hospital Association Votes Against Cannabis Ballot Measure

The Massachusetts Hospital Association has voted unanimously against a proposed ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, as debate over legalizing pot for people aged 21 and over continued to rage statewide. Massachusetts decriminalized cannabis in 2008 and made medical marijuana legal in 2012, and the state has begun seeing a push to legalize pot for recreational use in a November ballot measure, the Boston Globe reported. 

“Clinicians and healthcare leaders from around the state have a clear message — this ballot measure is the wrong prescription for Massachusetts,” Lynn Nicholas, chief executive of the hospital association, said. The board of trustees of the association, which represents 78 licensed member hospitals, voted against the ballot measure last week.

Critics of the proposed measure have said the science and safety studies surrounding pot have not been widely performed enough to say for certain that the drug is safe. Supporters...

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