- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - School superintendents say they’re concerned about a proposed ballot question that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, which represents 425 superintendents and assistant superintendents, says legalizing the drug would have a harmful effect on young people.

The group says marijuana use by minors and young adults has increased in states where the drug is permitted.

They say regular marijuana use that begins during adolescence has been shown to impair brain development and impede success in school and careers.

Supporters of the question, which is likely headed to the November ballot, say the measure would prohibit the sale of pot to anyone under 21.

Those opposed to legalizing marijuana include Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey.

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