Archive for March 3, 2009

Urge Martha Coakley to Block Town Bylaws

As the Attorney General of Massachusetts, Martha Coakley has the power to block town bylaws that attempt to recriminalize marijuana (by adding increased penalties and arrest for public use). This is a direct attempt to violate of the will of the voters – 65% of whom voted specifically to decrimalize possession.

This letter is ready to be printed and mailed to the address below. Feel free to write your own instead if you so choose.

Attorney General Martha Coakley
100 Cambridge Street

Boston, MA 02108

Dear Madame Coakley,

Like 65% of our state, I voted in favor of Question 2. Like 65% of our state, I believe that possession of small amounts of marijuana should be punished like a minor traffic violation.

Question 2 has been in effect for two months, and there has been no sudden spike in the public use of marijuana. The $100 fine – already a hefty sum for many – has proven to be enough of a deterrent.

I strongly urge you not to support any town bylaw that attempts to levy an additional punishment for public use of marijuana. When I voted for a $100 fine for possession of marijuana, I intended this fine to be the only punishment for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Smoking marijuana in public is already illegal – punishable by $100 and confiscation of the substance – and that should be the only punishment. Some proposals for new laws include fines of up to $300, which increases the total fine to $400, and some even include arrest. I consider these proposals to be subversion of the will of the nearly 2,000,000 Massachusetts voters who cast their ballots in favor of Question 2 this fall.

Thank you for your help with this new law, and I hope that you take the intent of the voters into consideration regarding new town bylaws.


March 3, 2009 at 11:27 pm Leave a comment

Illinois Votes Tomorrow on Medicinal Marijuana

Tomorrow is a big day for Illinois. House Bill 2514 is to be presented to the Human Services Committee in the House.

And, in the afternoon, the Senate Public Health Committee will hold testimonies regarding Senate Bill 1381.

Both bills seek to establish legal medicinal marijuana within Illinois. While it might be a little late to send a written letter, it’s certainly not too late to call. Contact the appropriate senator/representative for your district. Here is a sample script for a phone call (remember to identify the correct bill – 1381 or 2514 – for the person you are calling):

Dear ________ (name of state senator/representative),

I am calling to voice my support for Senate Bill 1381/House Bill 2514, and I hope that Senator/Representative______________ respects patients’ rights to well-being by supporting this measure. Cannabis has many documented medicinal properties, and people should have the option of this form of treatment for their ailments if they need it. I would like to see Illinois to become the 14th state to recognize that medicinal marijuana patients have the right to beneficial, prescribed medication, and I hope that Senator/Representative _________ supports this bill as well.

March 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment


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