The Massachusetts Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced Wednesday that former assistant attorney general Will Luzier will lead the campaign in support of a 2016 ballot initiative to end cannabis prohibition in Massachusetts.
In addition to serving as assistant attorney general of Massachusetts, Luzier served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention from 2008 until April 2015.
“Marijuana prohibition has been just as big of a failure as alcohol prohibition, and Massachusetts deserves better,” Luzier said in a Wednesday press release. “Regulating marijuana like alcohol will replace the underground market with a tightly regulated system of licensed businesses. Marijuana should be sold by responsible Massachusetts companies, not violent criminals and cartels.”
The campaign also announced that Jim Borghesani , who has previously held positions in the offices of the Massachusetts governor and Syfolk County district attorney, has been hired to serve as communications director.
“Adults who consume marijuana responsibly are no more deserving of punishment than adults who enjoy a cocktail responsibly,” says Borghesani. “Regulating and taxing marijuana like alcohol makes sense. And it would make dollars. A regulated marijuana industry would generate significant new tax revenue for our state.”
According to Borghesani, “The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is working with a coalition of organizations, businesses, and activists to draft an initiative for the November 2016 ballot that would end cannabis prohibition in Massachusetts and replace it with a system in which cannabis is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project, which spearheaded successful legalization campaigns in Colorado and Alaska.