Almost all of the money that funds the legalization of marijuana comes from out of state Washington, D.C., special interest groups. It is all about the money for them.
All of the vote “no” money comes from those concerned with public health. That alone should tell you something.
Joan Vennochi’s Vote No Globe article on Friday outlines how this ballot question was written by the proponents and lacks many of the safeguards which it would need if passed. She highlights how they have basically written their own ticket.
This will be a billion dollar industry that will wreak havoc on many should it pass. There will be pot shops in our town squares. Edibles like gummy bears, cookies, cupcakes, candy, cannabis cola and more will find its way into our children’s hands.
While we are talking about that, the front page of the Globe Thursday had an article quoting a Colorado veterinarian saying they are having several emergency cases a week of dog sickness caused by them getting into edibles.
Also, this is not the marijuana you smoked in college, it is much more potent. It will suck the energy and ambition from our youth and substitute complacency. Ask anyone in recovery and they will say marijuana was a step toward their addiction.
Yes it is a gateway drug, not for all, but for many. Of those many there will be addiction, and from that addiction people will die!
Good for Governor Baker, Speaker DeLeo, Attorney General Maura Healey, Mayor Marty Walsh, Joe Kennedy, a multitude of legislators along with medical and law enforcement communities and the Catholic Church for their opposition to this very dangerous ballot question. They are the ones that are concerned with our public health! The fallout here will be great should this pass.
In Colorado, there are more marijuana shops than Starbucks and McDonalds. Colorado has had a 29 percent increase in marijuana related emergency room visits and a substantial rise in traffic deaths involving traffic in marijuana since its passage.
Watertown has created a task force to address this problem, we have held candlelight vigils highlighting awareness, Erasing the Stigma, prevention, and those we have lost to this crisis.
Why would we ever, in the midst of this national crisis, be foolish enough to pass this question?
PLEASE VOTE NO ON QUESTION 4!
John S. Airasian
(Editor’s Note: the last letters about the Nov. 8 election will be run on Sunday Nov. 6, and must be submitted by Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m.)