Rep. Joe Kennedy III: It’s Time to Legalize Marijuana at the Federal Level

Rep. Joe Kennedy III: It’s Time to Legalize Marijuana at the Federal Level

The anti-cannabis Democrat has changed his stance.

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November 20, 2018

The first recreational marijuana shops in the commonwealth of Massachusetts are opening their doors Tuesday, two years after Massachusetts resoundingly voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. It’s a familiar trend across the country, where popular support for marijuana has surged. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have now legalized marijuana in some form — three on Election Day just this month.

I’ve remained skeptical.

My reluctance to embrace legalization stems primarily from one place: my ongoing work with the mental health and addiction communities.

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