I guess old habits are hard to break.
Last November, Massachusetts residents voted in favor of ballot question 2, effectively decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Reflecting an evolving national attitude, the electorate voted to replace criminal penalties with civil fines for those carrying an ounce or less of the drug. Despite hysterical objections of lawmakers and police brass, who predicted an increase in drug use and criminality, the measure passed with 65 percent of the vote.
Ten months later, Massachusetts finds itself in the early heat of a special election and still again, the lurid specter of marijuana has caused at least one U.S. Senate hopeful to contract a tragic case of Reefer Madness. Wrentham Sen. Scott Brown filed SB 1586, "An Act Punishing Possession of Marijuana in a Vehicle," back in January, a mere few days after question 2 became law. Similar in spirit to the state's open-container laws, 1586 will allow the courts to impose $1,000 fines on drivers in possession of pot and tack on a 90- day license suspension, regardless of the amount in question.
Today's WBZ online poll.
Which Democrat do you support for Senate?
Michael Capuano supports medical marijuana. Martha Coakley, one of the biggest opponents of Question 2 decrim, a law and order type candidate.
Go vote, then call and tell them, why you are voting the way you are. If you don't know yet, you can always say that.
"I'm waiting to hear all the candidates on marijuana reform, how they stand on legalization and medical us. So Im undecided until all the candidates are on the record."
I just left my message, it went something like this.
"Congressman Capuano has a record on supporting medical marijuana while Martha Coakley campaigned against marijuana decrim. Veterans are being denied VA medical care for medical use. I am confident we will find more support to stop this from Capuano than Coakley."
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