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Maura Healey, JD Biography

Massachusetts Attorney General
Con to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"

“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 Charlie Baker and Martin J. Walsh, “Mass. Should Not Legalize Marijuana,”, Mar. 4, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Massachusetts Attorney General, Jan. 2015-present
  • Chief, Business and Labor Bureau, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Aug. 2013-Oct. 2013
  • Chief, Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Feb. 2012-Oct. 2013
  • Chief, Civil Rights Division, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Mar. 2007-Feb. 2012
  • Former Counsel and Junior Partner, WilmerHale, Sep. 1999-Feb. 2007
  • Special Assistant District Attorney, Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts, Jan. 2004-July 2004
  • Law Clerk for Judge A. David Mazzone, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, Sep. 1998-Sep. 1999
  • Professional basketball player, European Professional Basketball League, 1992-1994
  • Former Captain, Harvard Varsity Basketball Team
  • JD, Northeastern University, 1998
  • BA, Government, Harvard University, 1992
  • Healey is the first openly gay Attorney General in the United States
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?