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What Hurdles Are Left for Legalized Marijuana?

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    What Hurdles Are Left for Legalized Marijuana?

    Steven Epstein of Bay State Repeal, which penned a draft of a ballot question to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Massachusetts, and psychiatrist Kevin Hill, the author of "Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About the World's Most Popular Weed," discuss legalization. (Published Monday, April 20, 2015)

    Judging by opinion polls, legalized recreational use of marijuana is just a matter of time.

    Massachusetts faces a likely ballot question in 2016. Late last week, Bay State Repeal released proposed language for the question.

    The draft addresses many concerns about implementing legalized marijuana. High on the list is the challenge of keeping legal marijuana out of the hands of minors.

    Steven Epstein of Bay State Repeal and psychiatrist Kevin Hill, the author of "Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About the World's Most Popular Weed," joined Steve Aveson on Broadside to discuss the measures being taken to tackle that issue.

    "A second offense of distribution of marijuana to a person under the age of 21 can result in a five-year sentence," said Epstein. "I can't think of anything stronger than going to a state prison."

    "I think everyone can agree that we don't want to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, leading it too more use among youth," explained Hill.

    The guests also discussed other aspects that will need to be considered in the legalization process.

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