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Tom Keane

Next up in Mass.: Marijuana legalization

Ever feel like you’re one step behind? Massachusetts voted earlier this month to approve the use of so-called “medical marijuana.” Meanwhile, voters in Colorado and Washington state one-upped us, deciding simply to legalize pot altogether. No more games about decriminalization or having to manufacture fake diseases so one could get a fake prescription from a fake doctor. It’s just legal — like beer, wine, or (except in New York City) big sodas.

Coming soon, one suspects, to a future Bay State ballot initiative: full-blown legalization. And in all likelihood, that too will pass. There are, in fact, some risks to pot, especially for kids. So if government officials are truly worried about the consequences of legalization, then the time to start rethinking is now.

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