Earlier this week, Governor-elect Charlie Baker told The Republican that he thinks marijuana is a gateway drug and plans to “vigorously oppose” its legalization. Now Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has said he hopes to work with Baker to keep marijuana illegal:
Boston Mayor Walsh said he looks forward to teaming up with Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to defeat a likely marijuana legalization initiative in 2016.
"Absolutely," Walsh said when asked if he would work with Baker to defeat marijuana legalization efforts...
"I just think it's a slippery slope. I've spent a lot of time in my career working on issues around substance abuse and marijuana is a gateway drug and I am very clear in my opposition to it," said Walsh while speaking with reporters outside the groundbreaking at One Seaport Square.
Walsh opposed the two most recent ballot campaigns that liberalized marijuana laws in Massachusetts.
While Walsh certainly has the right to be on the wrong side of history, I would think the mayor of a city where police have failed to solve even half the city's murders over the past decade would have better things to worry about than putting people in jail for selling or smoking a harmless plant.
Thankfully it isn't up to Marty Walsh or Charlie Baker whether marijuana will be legalized. 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. Furthermore, several non-binding questions about marijuana legalization all passed during the last election. Walsh and Baker can try all they want, but all signs point to the voters legalizing marijuana in 2016. Maybe once they do, the two politicians can start worrying about real problems instead.