Last updated on: 1/3/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Charlie Baker, MBA Biography

Title:
72nd Governor of Massachusetts
Position:
Con to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The question before us now is whether marijuana should be fully legal and widely available for commercial sale. We think the answer is ‘no’…

In the year after the drug was legalized in Colorado, marijuana-related emergency room visits increased nearly 30 percent, as did traffic deaths involving marijuana. Edible marijuana products – often in the form of brownies, candy, or soda – pose a particular threat for children, who may mistake them for regular treats. According to data from the National Poison Data System, marijuana exposure has been on the rise among children under six, particularly in states where the drug is legal. High potency edible products also pose a risk to adults, who can easily consume more marijuana than intended and experience serious adverse effects.

The financial backers of legalization are not neighborhood leaders, medical professionals, or grass-roots activists. They’re big businesses and investors, who are spending millions on campaigns across the country because they will profit from the legalization of marijuana…

Decades of research have now debunked the myth that marijuana is harmless. The science also shows that regular marijuana users – especially those who start at a young age – are more likely to try more dangerous drugs…

Our emergency departments and drug treatment centers are beyond capacity, and our first responders are stretched to their limits. We should not be expanding access to a drug that will further drain our health and safety resources.”

Cowritten with Maura Healy and Martin J. Walsh, “Mass. Should Not Legalize Marijuana,” bostonglobe.com, Mar. 4, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to marijuana or drug policy. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to drug, crime, or public health issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor of Massachusetts, Jan. 2015-present
  • Board Member, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Board Member, Kenneth B. Schwartz Center
  • Former Entrepreneur in Residence, General Catalyst Partners
  • Gubernatorial Candidate, Massachusetts, 2010
  • Member, Board of Selectmen (town council), Swampscott, Massachusetts, 2004-2009
  • Chief Executive Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 1999-2009
  • Secretary of Administration and Finance, Massachusetts, 1994-1998
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services, Massachusetts, 1992-1994
  • Education:
  • MBA, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University
  • BA, English, Harvard University
  • Contact Info:
    Phone
    617-725-4005
    Email
    Online Contact Form
    Website
    Office of Governor
    Other:
  • Twitter handle: @CharlieBakerMA
  • Born Nov. 13, 1956 in New York
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?