In Massachusetts legislatures are taking big strides with their new bill which will essentially regulate marijuana similar to alcohol. Ontop of that, The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act of 2016 would legalize industrial hemp for manufacturing, as well as excuse previous criminal records due to marijuana and release innocent prisoners. If passed, this would be the first state to legalize marijuana through state legislature as opposed to popular vote.
“Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and to society, and it ought to be treated that way,” stated Matt Simon, New England Political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There is a mountain of evidence demonstrating marijuana is less addictive than alcohol, less toxic, and less likely to contribute to violent and reckless behavior. Adults shouldn’t be punished for making the safer choice.”