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Friday, October 5, 2012

MA Legalize Marijuana Vote on November 6‏

Vote Yes on Question 3 Medical Marijuana and also on these Public Policy Questions to let Dr. Kevin Sabet know that our wish to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts is no secret!

October 3, 2012

Marijuana Reform Local Initiatives on the Ballot November Election 2012 Voters in 44 towns to decide six (6) "Prohibition Repeal" or "Tax & Regulate" Public Policy Questions - One of eleven in Massachusetts will vote on legalization

Contacts:

Alex Arsenault 413-658-7257 alex@taxcannabis.org (DPFMA)
Jack Cole 617-792-3877 jackacole@leap.cc (Co-founder & Board Chair, LEAP)
Andy Gaus 617-331-3285 andygaus@sprynet.com (Masscann/NORML)
Steven S. Epstein 978-352-3300 epeggs@aol.com (Massachusetts 6th Congressional Cannabis Club)

Arlington - Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts announces that, for the 7th consecutive election cycle, Massachusetts citizens will vote on marijuana reform Public Policy Questions. Since 2000, voters in hundreds of towns across the Commonwealth have voted decisively in favor of marijuana reform PPQ's (see www.dpfmass.org for election results). Sixty-three (63) PPQ's on marijuana reform have been run since 2000; every one has been approved by Massachusetts voters.

In 2010, PPQ's were run in nine (9) districts asking voters if marijuana should be regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. All nine were approved by an average of 61%, indicating strong support for legalization in the Bay State.

For the 2012 election, a coalition of DPFMA, Masscann/NORML (www.masscann.org) and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (www.leap.cc) placed three (3) PPQ's on the ballot, two Senate and one Rep. district:

"Shall the State Senator/Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate and tax marijuana in the same manner as alcohol?"

2nd Middlesex Senate District – Senator Pat Jehlen. Medford, Somerville, 27% of Cambridge, and 50% of Winchester

Middlesex and Suffolk Senate District – Senator Sal DiDomenico. Chelsea, Everett, 52% of Cambridge, and the Allston and Charlestown sections of Boston

2nd Berkshire State Representative District – Representative Paul Mark. Greenfield, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Savoy, Windsor, Bernardston, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Northfield, Rowe, and 7% of Pittsfield

"Tax and Regulate" will appear as Question 5 except - Somerville: Question 6, Bernardston: Question: 7, and Dalton: Question 8

Three (3) additional PPQ's were placed on North Shore ballots by the Massachusetts 6th Congressional District Cannabis Club. Voters in two Rep. districts and one Senate will vote on repeal of federal marijuana prohibition:

"Shall the state Senator/Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling upon Congress to repeal the federal prohibition of marijuana so that states may regulate it as they choose?"

1st Essex and Middlesex Senate District - Senator Bruce Tarr. Georgetown, Newbury, West Newbury: Question 5. Hamilton, Wenham: Question 6. Gloucester, Boxford, Essex, Groveland, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Middleton, Rockport, Rowley, North Reading, Wilmington, and precincts 5 – 8 (44%) of North Andover: Question 4

8th Essex State Representative District - Representative Lori Ehrlich. Marblehead, Swampscott, and precinct 4 of ward 3, and precinct 4 of ward 4 (7%) of Lynn: Question 6

22nd Middlesex State Representative District - Representative Marc Lombardo. Billerica: Question 4

Criminal prohibition has failed to prevent easy access by minors and fosters violent disputes between illegal distributors. A regulated system of licensed distributors will enforce age limits and provide a new source of tax revenue for important services like school and roads.

A 2010 study by Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron estimated that the U.S. could save over $13.7 billion by implementing a system of regulated sales and taxation for marijuana. (see http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12192)

Jack A. Cole, co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which represents 80,000 police, judges, prosecutors, prison officials and supporters, says, “This is no different than when we ended alcohol prohibition in 1933. The next morning Al Capone was out of business and we can do more to limit expansion and violence of drug cartels by legalization of marijuana than we could ever do with a war on drugs.”

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