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GOVERNOR BAKER, Attorney General Healey, and Mayor Walsh make a compelling argument against the legalization of marijuana in the Commonwealth (“Do not legalize marijuana in Massachusetts,” Opinion, March 7) based on critical criteria: scientific evidence that the drug can be harmful, the impact on our medical resources, and the public health and safety of our citizens.

On that basis alone, voters should reject recreational marijuana. But our elected public officials have stressed another serious concern: the potential adverse health effects on our adolescents and children. We should learn from the experience of other states and should not expand access to a drug that can endanger our young people, especially when we are battling an epidemic of prescription drug and opioid abuse that is already disrupting and destroying too many lives.

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Dennis M. Dimitri
President, Massachusetts Medical Society
Waltham