According to The Republican, Governor-elect Charlie Baker believes in the marijuana "gateway drug" theory and opposes legalization:
Governor-elect Charlie Baker pledged to "vigorously oppose" the legalization of recreational marijuana, even as he plans to move forward with the implementation of medical marijuana...
Baker, asked about the issue in an interview with The Republican/MassLive.com in Boston on Monday, said, "I'm going to oppose that and I'm going to oppose that vigorously ... with a lot of help from a lot of other people in the addiction community."
Baker, a Republican, said many people dealing with addiction believe marijuana use is a "significant first step" toward addiction to other drugs. "There's a ton of research out there at this point that says, especially for young people, it's just plain bad," Baker said.
This isn't really news per se. Both Baker and Martha Coakley, the democrat who was running against him, said they opposed marijuana legalization during the campaign.
— Garrett Quinn (@GarrettQuinn) October 28, 2014
Thankfully, whether marijuana is legalized or not isn't really up to Charlie Baker. Massachusetts is one of a number of states expected to have marijuana legalization on the ballot in 2016 and recent polls indicate that the majority of voters support it.
Let's just hope that the politicians and bureaucrats in the state government don't find a way to screw it up like they did with the medical marijuana law.