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Behind The Mic With Joe Mathieu: Recreational Pot Next For Mass?

By Joe Mathieu, WBZ NewsRadio 1030
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BOSTON (CBS) – We don’t even have medical marijuana dispensaries yet in Massachusetts and there’s already talk of full-blown legalization.

Talk of regulating and taxing pot like alcohol, as they do in Colorado and Washington State.

According to a report in the Boston Globe, groups pushing to legalize pot, like NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project have circled Massachusetts on the map in hopes of getting this issue on the ballot in 2016.

The advocates are targeting Massachusetts after voters here legalized pot for medical use after decriminalizing it five years earlier.

And because more young people turn out in a presidential election year, supporters of legalization think Massachusetts could be ripe for the smokin’.

Hard to tell how much appetite there is for this idea.

Polls have shown some reluctance to approve recreational use in Massachusetts but opinions have been evolving.

Keep in mind that decriminalization passed with more than 63-percent support about five years ago.

And for the first time ever this year, a clear majority of Americans support the idea of legalizing pot.

Gallup says 58-percent believe pot should be legalized, up from only 12-percent in 1969.

A lot of people will have strong opinions on this one way or the other.

But this movement clearly has momentum. Even lawmakers in New Hampshire this week will consider joining 20 other states in allowing medical marijuana.

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