Some in Canton see parallels between the current marijuana industry and the former tobacco association thinking.
“The marijuana industry is using the same marketing strategies to target youth that the tobacco industry used decades ago,” said Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse Chairman Nick Pirelli.
In the aftermath of the Nov. 8 election narrowly passing Question 4 legalizing recreational marijuana in the Commonwealth, CAASA plans to move quickly to protect its youth.
While neighboring towns narrowly passed Question 4, Canton voters turned down the ballot question 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent, or 5,885 to 6,761, a difference of 876 votes.
“We didn’t take a stand on Question 4,” Pirelli said. “Our concern centered on the portion of the legislation about edibles, which are extremely dangerous.”
Massachusetts had decriminalized the possession of small quantities of marijuana in 2008, and the result of decriminalization was that individuals are not being