Published On: Fri, Aug 5th, 2016

A powerful kickoff to the Yes on 4 Campaign!

On Wednesday, August 3, Boston City Council President Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, ACLU Massachusetts President Carol Rose, State Rep. David Rogers, and others endorsed and helped officially launch our newly renamed Yes on 4 Campaign on the steps of the State House in Boston.

Watch City Councilman Tito Jackson explain why he supports our initiative. And make sure you check out this article from the Boston Globe.

Speakers at the event emphasized a number of important issues. Boston City Council President Michelle Wu highlighted the injustice of our current policy:

“It just seems ridiculous that kids at Harvard can smoke pot and have incredibly successful careers while blacks and Latinos, particularly men and boys, who are using the same substance are sent to jail. It doesn’t make sense for our criminal justice system. It doesn’t make sense for our economy.”

Another strong supporter of Yes on 4, State Rep. David Rogers, explained his position:

“Sometimes when we make laws, we don’t always have perfect data or the empirical evidence to make good policy. We make judgment calls. In the case of marijuana, though, we have decade after decade after decade after decade of data, and our current approach has failed abysmally, and it’s obvious.”

Here’s more coverage of the Yes on 4 Campaign kickoff event: