Trooper's Widow urges Massachusetts Voters not to legalize Marijuana

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on October 26, 2016.

The widow of a State Trooper Thomas Clardy, who died in a roadside collision in March, is urging Massachusetts residents to vote against a ballot question that would legalize recreational marijuana.

Reisa Clardy said she believes there will be more accidents and more fatalities if voters approve Question 4 on the Nov. 8 ballot. Her husband was killed when a medical marijuana patient crashed into his cruiser.

Raisa makes her plea in a video released on Monday by the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, the committee that is opposing the marijuana legalization ballot measure.

 “I don’t think we will gain anything from it,” Raisa says in the video on Question 4, “You’re going to have more families that are going to be without their loved ones because we’re putting more people at risk”.

“If it happened to my family, it can happen to anybody’s,” Raisa adds. “Why would we take this risk right now?” In the video, alongside photos of her husband, her family, and her husband’s coffin, she said the crash changed her life greatly and questioned how anyone could get behind the wheel while impaired.

The emotional video also shows that marijuana-impaired traffic deaths rose in states that legalized the marijuana.

Thomas Clardy had stopped a car for a traffic violation in Charlton when his cruiser was slammed into by 30-year-old David Njuguna, who prosecutors claim was under the influence of marijuana shortly before the crash. In May, Njuguna was charged with manslaughter in Trooper Clardy’s death.

The ballot Question 4 in Massachusetts would legally allow people 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use as well as permit the home cultivation of up to 12 marijuana plants.

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