Massachusetts is trying to rally the troops and make
legalization happen in the state, but there are still a few who are strictly
opposed to making that happen. One of the people leading the charge for the
opposition is Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston.
“I just think it would be a mistake to legalize marijuana in
Massachusetts,” Walsh told the Boston
Globe. “I’ve seen too many lives ruined by starting to smoke ‘weed’ and
then, eventually, going to other types of drugs.” Apparently, Walsh is an
ex-alcoholic, and takes a very strong stance on any kind of substance use or
Massachusetts is currently in a tight spot, as many
lawmakers and citizens want cannabis legalized, but there is still opposition
from key figures like Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey,
and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. However, most public figures
are tentative to take an extremely aggressive stance on the plant and prefer to
walk the line in order to receive bi-partisan support. Walsh, on the other
hand, is very open and aggressive about his stance on cannabis, since he sees
it as a personal, moral issue.
“I view it as a gateway drug,” he stated in the interview.
“Some people can, I guess, smoke it recreationally and they don’t get addicted
to it, but there’s a large number of people that are in recovery now or that
are struggling on the streets with addiction, and they got their start by
He was also not to be swayed by the argument that cannabis arrests
are often racially charged and therefore lead to discrimination. “So because of
racial disparities we legalize a drug that potentially could kill people, lead
to death?” he asked The Globe. “I
don’t think that’s a good enough reason to do it.”
It appears the mayor has good intentions at heart–addiction
can be hard to deal with, and according to his staff, it’s not all talk–he
still regularly volunteers to help out with those who suffer from alcoholism.
But his rhetoric about gateway drugs and cannabis being a killer is just tired,
and has recently been pretty much proven untrue. We hope that the good
advocates of Boston can educate Walsh on the benefits of medicating and treating
addiction with cannabis, so he may back down from this harsh stance and gain
some scientific enlightenment.