Public Health Experts Have Mixed Feelings About Legal Marijuana in Massachusetts
Boston Magazine - 11/14/2016
With post-election discussion focused squarely on president-elect Donald Trump, you may have forgotten that something kind of big happened here in Massachusetts: We passed Question 4, legalizing marijuana for those 21 and older.
The initiative saw both passionate support and opposition, with high-profile politicians taking both sides. But where do public health experts fall on the issue? Turns out, there’s division there, too.
We spoke with Vaughan Rees, director of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Global Tobacco Control; Leo Beletsky, a professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University; and Margie Skeer, an assistant professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Each has mixed feelings about the new law—because marijuana legalization isn’t only about getting high.
Here, their thoughts on some of the major public health issues associated with legalized marijuana.