MMS Responds to TV Ad on Question 4

The Yes on 4 group advocating for the legalization of recreational marijuana in the Commonwealth has announced a television ad featuring a physician urging passing of the referendum.  In response,  Dr. James Gessner, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, has issued the following statement:

“The television ad represents one physician’s perspective and is attempting to confuse the recreational marijuana issue with medical marijuana, which is governed by strict regulations set down by the Department of Public Health.  Question 4 lacks any public health oversight of recreational marijuana and has no provision for health education, prevention, or treatment programs.   The Massachusetts Medical Society and 10 state physician specialty societies believe Question 4 would result in bad public health policy, and have stated their overwhelming opposition to the ballot question because of the multiple public health dangers it presents: the risk of addiction, impaired cognition, and damage to the developing brains of adolescents.”

James S. Gessner, M.D.
October 17, 2016

Related: The President’s Podium: The Real Issue of Question 4 


  1. Margaret-Mary Williams, MD says:

    Having just seen this TV ad this AM, just wondering if the MMS can help create and/or contribute to a TV ad to respond to this very misleading presentation and to counter the info it’s providing to the general public. The above statement by the MMS is spot-on, but unfortunately the general public – the voters – will not have access to it like they would w a TV ad ……

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