BOSTON (CBS) – That is one of the questions Massachusetts voters will answer at the polls this November. Question 4 would legalize marijuana in the Commonwealth, as of December 15, 2016. Some of those who oppose the ballot question are concerned that legalizing marijuana will lead to more abuse of hard drugs, and that we could see an increase in motor vehicle accidents due to drivers operating under the influence. Those in favor of legalization say it would help keep nonviolent, low-risk offenders out of the prison system, and that the state could stand to make a lot of money on a market that already exists anyway. Matt Allen, Director of the Field Department for the Massachusetts ACLU, and Massachusetts D.A. Michael O’Keefe join Dan in the NightSide studio to discuss these issues and more.

Originally broadcast October 5th, 2016.

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Comments (2)
  1. One point last night was there wasn’t really anyone in MA who is currently in jail for only possession. But then why have marijuana be illegal? If no ones in jail why should it be treated as an illegal substance. Why leave it on the books to be slapped on with another violation?

  2. Question #4 is not really about legalizing marijuana, it is about regulating marijuana that has been decriminalized since 2008 and is widely available. This Boston University debate video clearly spells this out.

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