Sun Chronicle: The buzz on the Hill about legal pot

Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2016

From people who supported the legalization:

“This is a historic day for Massachusetts, and we urge all residents intending to use or grow marijuana to educate themselves.” – Jim Borghesani, spokesman for “Yes on 4,” the group that backed the initiative.

“I believe that legalizing marijuana will help reduce drug arrests, provide an alternative for addressing people’s pain and create a freer society.” – Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton)

“I am relieved that we are finally taking an important step toward ending the harmful war on drugs.” – Sen. Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville)

From people who opposed the legalization:

“It’s legal. I just hope everybody pays attention to the rules. We need to be cognizant of the fact that the people have spoken on this and we certainly believe there are things we can do to improve the public safety and public health in particular, but we need to respect the fact that the voters voted for this.” – Gov. Charlie Baker

“The people of Boston overwhelmingly supported the law, and I’m going to follow the will of the voters. There’s probably a small fraction of people that would like a moratorium, but it’s the law, so we’re going to live under the rules of the law.” – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

“The voters spoke in favor of legalized recreational marijuana on Nov. 8.” – House Speaker Bob DeLeo (D-Winthrop).

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