The College Democrats of Massachusetts encourages you to vote YES on ballot question 4 to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana for those over 21 years of age. The legalization of recreational Marijuana in Massachusetts is an important step forward. It furthers the case for decriminalization and preventing over-incarceration for Marijuana related drug offenses. The medical industry has debunked common myths of Marijuana having large adverse effects on the population as a substance and gateway drug. The legalization of recreational Marijuana use would provide a unique opportunity for the state to tax, regulate, and oversee the sale and use of Marijuana. Massachusetts would be the first East Coast state to legalize recreational use, which would set a precedent for a wider national initiative. With those reasons stated, CDM encourages you to vote YES on Question 4.