The package store group’s decision came as a shock to Bill Downing, member liaison for MassCann, the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
“Now that it’s coming, they want in on that cash game,” Downing said, adding, “as far as I’m concerned — welcome aboard.”
Downing expects the day will come when no one bats an eye when pot is sold as freely as aspirin.
“I believe it’s inevitable,” he said. “People are going to look back on Prohibition as horrifically stupid, and we’ll just move on with moderation from there.”
Downing scoffed at fears that legalization will prompt a flood of marijuana into communities across the state because, he says, it’s already everywhere.
“It’s not as though you’re creating this new market,” Downing said. “It’s changing from a below-the-ground market to an above-the-ground market.”