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Friday, October 16, 2009

Democratic Candidates For US Senate To Debate and Take Questions on Sunday, Ask Them About Marijuana Policy

I might be present and hope many others will too so that marijuana questions may make it through the screening process. Members of MassCann/NORML are planning on being there.

NORTH ANDOVER — The four Democratic candidates vying to fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat will be at Merrimack College Sunday for the race's first organized candidates forum.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, Stephen Pagliuca and Alan Khazei have all agreed to participate.

The North Andover Democratic Town Committee organized the event.

The forum runs from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Merrimack College's Rogers Center for the Performing Arts, off Route 114.

The event is open to the public.

Each candidate will take the stage for 30 minutes. They have five minutes to give their stump speeches and the rest of the time is dedicated to questions from the audience.

Questions will be screened.

The forum will be broadcast live on WCAP AM Radio 980. It also will be made available for rebroadcast on local cable access channels.

Some questions you should ask.

If elected would you introduce legislation in the Senate mirroring Barney Frank’s H.R.2943 - Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2009?

Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2009 - Prohibits the imposition of any penalty under an Act of Congress for the possession of marijuana for personal use or for the not-for-profit transfer between adults of marijuana for personal use. Deems the possession of 100 grams or less of marijuana as personal use (one ounce or less for a not-for-profit transfer between adults). Allows the imposition of a civil penalty under the Controlled Substances Act for the public use of marijuana if such penalty does not exceed $100.

Co-sponsored by 9 Reps (including Rep Capuano who is a candidate and scheduled to be present at the debate.)

If elected would you introduce legislation in the Senate mirroring Ron Paul’s H.R.1866 - Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009?

Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 - Amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana." Defines "industrial hemp" to mean the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. Grants a state regulating the growing and processing of industrial hemp exclusive authority, in any criminal or civil action or administrative proceeding, to determine whether any such plant meets that concentration limit.
Co- sponsored by MA Rep. Barney Frank and 15 others

If elected would you introduce legislation in the Senate mirroring Barney Frank’s H.R.2835 - Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act?

Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act - Transfers marijuana from schedule I to schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.

Provides that no provision of the Controlled Substances Act or the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict, in a state in which marijuana may, under state law, be prescribed or recommended by a physician for medical use:
(1) a physician from prescribing or recommending marijuana for medical use;
(2) an individual from obtaining, possessing, transporting, manufacturing, or using marijuana in accordance with such a prescription or recommendation;
(3) an individual authorized under state law to do so from obtaining, possessing, transporting, or manufacturing marijuana on an authorized patient's behalf;
(4) a pharmacy or other entity authorized to do so from obtaining, possessing, or distributing marijuana to such patients; or
(5) an entity established by such a state or local government thereof to do so from producing, possessing, or distributing marijuana for such a prescription or recommendation.

Co-sponsored by MA Rep. James McGovern and 28 others

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