The first in our series of debates on the four ballot questions facing Massachusetts voters this November. Question 4 asks voters whether to legalize recreational marijuana.
A new state budget cycle gets underway next week in Massachusetts and the proceedings this year will carry extra weight for local aid to cities and towns.
Michael Botticelli says Baker’s proposal to allow hospitals to hold substance-using patients against their will could bring up civil rights questions.
The energy debate is set to surge on Beacon Hill with a hearing on clean power bills, including plans from Governor Charlie Baker to draw more hydroelectricity into Massachusetts.
Healey says the substance is often added to heroin without the user knowing to increase the high–and make the combination more addictive.
Anti-addiction activists are calling for Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to step down. They say her agency’s policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. That criticism is shared by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.