Terry Franklin (UMASS Amherst Cannabis Reform Coalition/ MassCann/NORML Lifetime Achivement Award) speaking at 20th Annual Boston Freedom Rally, Photo: Kate Samp.
The Valley Advocate: News - Legalize It?
"Regulation is the buzzword these days, especially in this state, so I don't see any way around it." And, he added, "Suffering under regulation and taxation is much better than having people taken away in chains and put in cages."
Should a marijuana taxation bill ever pass, Franklin said, "I hope the tax level ... isn't so excessive that the criminal justice industry merely turns the War on Drugs into the War on Tax Evasion." A provision allowing the growth of marijuana for personal use (which Evans' bill includes) "would alleviate some of the problems," Franklin noted.