Urge Martha Coakley to Block Town Bylaws

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

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.


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