ACEC/MA Urges Members to Vote NO on Question 4

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In August 2016, the ACEC/Massachusetts Board of Directors voted to urge members to Vote No on Question 4 on November 8

 

ACEC/MA Opposes Ballot Question To Legalize Commercial Marijuana

 
ACEC/MA Expresses Concerns About Construction Site Safety, Impact on Communities; Joins Coalition Of Organizations and Health Care Professionals Opposing Ballot Question
 
BOSTON – The state’s engineering business association, ACEC/MA has voiced its opposition to the ballot question to legalize commercial marijuana in Massachusetts. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) expressed concerns about worker safety on projects and the overall impact of commercial legalization on families and communities.
 
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is the business association of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island engineering industry, representing over 120 independent engineering companies engaged in the development of transportation, environmental, industrial, and other infrastructure. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Boston, MA, 
 
One of ACEC/MA’s major concerns is the impact of increased use of marijuana on the worksite, particularly based on the influx of legal edible products that would come with commercial legalization. Employees who test positive for marijuana have significantly higher rates of workplace accidents.
 
ACEC/MA is also concerned about the negative impact commercial legalization will have on families and communities. 
 
ACEC/MA joins a growing coalition of organizations, businesses, health care and community leaders, anti- addiction advocates, educators, first responders, and families who are opposing the legalization of commercial marijuana in Massachusetts.
 
Among the groups that have already come out in opposition to this initiative are: the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, the Association of School Superintendents, the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, the National Association of Mental Illness (Massachusetts Chapter), the Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police, and all Massachusetts District Attorneys.
 
The Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts is the Committee formed to oppose this ballot question. It has launched a website at www.safeandhealthyma.comand twitter account at  @safehealthyma.
 

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About ACEC/MA
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is the business association of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island engineering industry, representing over 120 independent engineering companies engaged in the development of transportation, environmental, industrial, and other infrastructure. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Boston, MA, ACEC/MA is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) based in Washington, DC.  ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations. For more information on ACEC/MA, visit their website at www.acecma.org. ACEC/MA is undertaking an awareness campaign to educate the public on the many contributions engineers make (or the engineering innovations) in everyday life through their hash tag #EngineeringGoFigure. Follow us on Twitter:  @ACECMA
 
 

 
 
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