Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts

 

November 7, 2012

Six Districts Approve Marijuana Reform in 2012 Election

Voters in 44 towns pass Prohibition Repeal, Tax & Regulate Public Policy Questions

 

Arlington - For the seventh consecutive election cycle, voters in select State Representative and Senate districts delivered overwhelming victories on six marijuana reform Public Policy Questions.

 

Massachusetts passed a decriminalization referendum in 2008 with 65% approval, and established a medical marijuana law yesterday with 63% in favor.  This year Massachusetts voters also passed non-binding marijuana legalization Public Policy Questions in six districts.  Since 2000, voters have approved a total of 69 marijuana PPQ's around the state on reforms including decriminalizing possession, allowing medical use, and repealing prohibition on sales and taxation.  For 2012 voters in 44 towns took part in deciding 6 marijuana PPQ's.  

 

With the passage of binding marijuana legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington, the 2012 election demonstrates coast-to-coast support for the regulation and taxation of marijuana.  The first states have now fully legalized marijuana on the west coast, while voters in Massachusetts have approved non-binding initiatives calling for similar laws to be passed.  Over 19% of the Commonwealth has voted in support of legalization PPQ's since 2000.  Support for marijuana legalization has reached the tipping point of electoral viability, and the passage of these legalization PPQ's shows that support for these laws is not limited to the West. 

 

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 services like schools 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.”


2012 PPQ Election Results (complete results TBA)

 

For the 2012 election, a coalition of DPFMA, Masscann/NORML (www.masscann.org) and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (www.leap.cc) placed three 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: WIN 74% to 36%

 

Middlesex and Suffolk Senate District – Senator Sal DiDomenico.  Chelsea, Everett, 52% of Cambridge,  and the Allston and Charlestown sections of Boston: WIN 72% to 38%

 

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: WIN 72% to 38%

 

Three 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 approved 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, Hamilton, Wenham, Gloucester, Boxford, Essex, Groveland, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Middleton, Rockport, Rowley, North Reading, Wilmington, and precincts 5 – 8  of North Andover:  WIN 65% to 35%

 

8th Essex State Representative District - Representative Lori Ehrlich. Marblehead, Swampscott, and precinct 4 of ward 3, and precinct 4 of ward 4  of Lynn: WIN 66% to 34%

 

22nd Middlesex State Representative District - Representative Marc Lombardo. Billerica: WIN 54% to 46% 

 

Complete Marijuana Legalization PPQ Results 2004 - 2010


PPQ Map

These districts represent one-fifth of the Massachusetts electorate.  All cannabis legalization PPQs were approved by voters with no losses.  Percentage of "yes" votes in each 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?"

2012        73.6%  2nd Middlesex Senate District – Medford, Somerville, 27% of Cambridge, and 50% of Winchester

2012        71.7%  Middlesex and Suffolk Senate District – Chelsea, Everett, 52% of Cambridge, and the Allston and Charlestown sections of Boston

2012        72%   2nd Berkshire State Representative District – Greenfield, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Savoy, Windsor, Bernardston, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Northfield, Rowe, and 7% of Pittsfield


 "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?"

2012        65.1%  1st Essex and Middlesex Senate District - Georgetown, Newbury, West Newbury, Hamilton, Wenham, Gloucester, Boxford, Essex, Groveland, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Middleton, Rockport, Rowley, North Reading, Wilmington, and (44%) of North Andover

2012        66.3%  8th Essex State Representative District - Marblehead, Swampscott, and precinct 4 of ward 3, and precinct 4 of ward 4 (7%) of Lynn

2012        53.5%  22nd Middlesex State Representative District - Billerica

 
 “Shall the State Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol?"

2010    66.3%  Barnstable, Dukes, & Nantucket State Representative District – Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Falmouth, Gosnold, Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury

2010    68.6%  1st Franklin Rep. District – 50% of Belchertown, Chesterfield, Conway Deerfield, Goshen, Huntington, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Pelham, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Wendell, Whately, Williamsburg, Worthington

2010    69.1%  3rd Hampshire Rep. District – Amherst, Granby       

2010    62.1%  13th Middlesex Rep District, Rep. Thomas Conroy – Lincoln, Sudbury, Wayland


“Shall the state representative/senator from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate the taxation, cultivation, and sale of marijuana to adults?”

2010    56.2%  7th Essex State Rep District - Salem

2010    56.4%  8th Essex State Rep District – Lynn, Marblehead, Swampscott

2010    63.1%  1st Middlesex and Norfolk Senate District – Brookline, Newton, and 57% of Wellesley
               
2010    54.2%  3rd Middlesex State Rep. District – Bolton, Hudson, Maynard, Stow

2010    54%    13th Norfolk State Rep. District – Dover, Needham and 50% of Medfield


"Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate the taxation, manufacture and sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older provided that outlets are state licensed, do not sell alcohol, and are not within 500 yards of a school?"

2004      58% vote in support  1st Hampshire State Rep District – Hatfield, Montgomery, Northampton, Southampton, Westhampton


Complete PPQ Election Results 2012

Allow sales and taxation of marijuana

 “Shall the State 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?" (DPFMA, MassCann/NORML, LEAP)

2nd Middlesex Senate District

City or town

No

Yes

Cambridge

3,089

9,993

Medford

7,134

15,695

Somerville

6703

23650

Winchester

2,057

3,532

Total

18,983

52,870

(73.6% in favor)

 

 Middlesex & Suffolk State Senate

City or town

No

Yes

Boston

3,303

9,299

Cambridge

4,205

15,951

Chelsea

2,323

4,191

Everett

4,170

6,116

Total

14,001

35,557

(71.7% in favor)

 

2nd Berkshire State Representative

City or town

No

Yes

Bernardston

286

733

Charlemont

130

422

Colrain

200

544

Dalton

1,009

2,025

Greenfield

1,916

5,513

Hawley

46

132

Heath

109

235

Hinsdale

243

630

Leyden

103

309

Monroe

17

29

Northfield

427

995

Peru

74

310

Pittsfield

337

800

Rowe

51

140

Savoy

90

212

Windsor

144

292

Total

5,182

13,321

 (72% in favor)


Repeal 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?" (6th District Cannabis Club)

1st Essex & Middlesex State Senate

City or town

No

Yes

Boxford

1,844

2,751

Essex

519

1,173

Georgetown

1,411

2,916

Gloucester

4,431

8,778

Groveland

1,418

2,051

Hamilton

1,582

2,468

Ipswich

2,534

3,854

Manchester

1,053

2,063

Middleton

1,657

2,375

Newbury

1,412

2,708

North Andover

2,732

3,817

North Reading

3,134

4,329

Rockport

1,271

2,723

Rowley

753

2,356

Wenham

851

1,298

West Newbury

790

1,626

Wilmington

4,472

6,085

Total

31,864

53,371

(65.1% in favor)

 

8th Essex State House3,371

City or town

No

Yes

Lynn

449

1,471

Marblehead

3,581

7,128

Swampscott

2,321

4,500

Total

6,351

13,099

(66.3% in favor)

 

22nd Middlesex State House

City or town

No

Yes

Billerica

7,726

8,920

Total

7,726

8,920

(53.5% in favor)

 

Complete PPQ Election Results 2010

Allow physician-approved medical marijuana

“Shall the State Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow patients, with their doctor's written recommendation, to possess, grow, and purchase marijuana for medical use?” (DPFMA)

2nd Bristol Rep. District, Rep. Bill Bowles (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Attleboro

4,256

6,560

10,816

60.7%

Total

4,256

6,560

10,816

60.7%

14th Bristol Rep. District, Rep. Elizabeth Porrier (R)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Attleboro

512

739

1,251

59.1%

Mansfield

995

1,559

2,554

61.0%

North Attleborough

3,689

5,745

9,434

60.9%

Norton

593

909

1,502

60.5%

Total

5,789

8,952

14,471

60.7%

1st Hampden State Representative District Rep. Todd Smola (R)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Brimfield

668

822

1,490

55.2%

Holland

347

548

895

61.2%

Palmer

1,817

2,116

3,933

53.8%

Sturbridge

1,568

2,107

3,675

57.3%

Wales

250

426

676

63.0%

Ware

921

1,099

2,020

54.4%

Warren

645

876

1,521

57.6%

Total

62166

7,994

14,210

56.3%


9th Norfolk Rep. District, Rep. Richard Ross (R)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Medfield

1,124

1,344

2,468

54.5%

Millis

373

661

1,034

63.9%

Norfolk

1,588

2,516

4,104

61.3%

Plainville

1,167

1,835

3,002

61.1%

Walpole

376

520

896

58.0%

Wrentham

1,723

2,684

4,407

60.9%

Total

6,351

9,560

15,911

60.1%

13th Worcester Rep. District, Rep.  Robert Spellane (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Paxton

850

1,017

1,867

54.5%

Worcester

4,262

6,257

10,519

59.5%

Total

5,112

7,274

12,386

58.7%

18th Worcester Rep. District, Rep. Jennifer Callahan (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Bellingham

2,160

3,645

5,805

62.8%

Blackstone

1,067

1,867

2,934

63.6%

Millville

377

676

1,053

64.2%

Sutton

1051

1645

2,696

61.0%

Uxbridge

1,414

2,163

3,577

60.5%

Total

6,069

9,996

16,065

62.2%


Allow physician-approved medical marijuana

“Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow patients with their doctor’s recommendation, or such patient’s registered caregiver, to possess and grow marijuana for the patient’s medical use?" (Masscann/NORML)

2nd Plymouth State Rep. District, Rep. Susan Gifford (R)

Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Bourne

1,548

1,921

3,469

55.4%

Carver

1,946

2,316

4,262

54.3%

Wareham

3,302

3,993

7,295

54.7%

Total

6,796

8,230

15,026

54.8%

3rd Plymouth State Rep. District, Rep. Garrett Bradley (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Cohasset

1,368

1,987

3,355

59.2%

Hingham

4,716

5,637

10,353

54.4%

Hull

1,598

2,704

4,302

62.9%

Scituate

531

763

1,294

59.0%

Total

8,213

11,091

19,304

57.5%

15th Suffolk State Rep. District, Rep. Jeffery Sanchez (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Boston

2822

7177

9,999

71.8%

Brookline

299

718

1,017

70.6%

Total

3,121

7,895

11,016

71.7%

 

Allow sales and taxation of marijuana

“Shall the State Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol?" (DPFMA)

Barnstable, Dukes, & Nantucket State Representative District, Rep. Eric Turkington (D)

Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Aquinnah

59

145

204

71.1%

Chilmark

163

353

516

68.4%

Edgartown

571

1,087

1,658

65.6%

Falmouth

2,355

3,840

6,195

62.0%

Gosnold

?

?

?

?

Nantucket

1,382

3,050

4,432

68.8%

Oak Bluffs

659

1,224

1,883

65.0%

Tisbury

556

1,225

1,781

68.8%

West Tisbury

325

1,009

1,334

75.6%

Total

6,070

11,933

18,003

66.3%

1st Franklin Rep. District, Rep. Stephen Kulik (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Belchertown

797

1,478

2,275

65.0%

Chesterfield

147

340

487

69.8%

Conway

273

618

891

69.4%

Deerfield

736

1,317

2,053

64.2%

Goshen

151

282

433

65.1%

Huntington

284

507

791

64.1%

Leverett

205

712

917

77.6%

Montague

909

1,886

2,795

67.5%

New Salem

150

267

417

64.0%

Pelham

128

501

629

79.7%

Shutesbury

212

642

854

75.2%

Sunderland

422

814

1,236

65.9%

Wendell

71

334

405

82.5%

Whately

239

487

726

67.1%

Williamsburg

322

811

1,133

71.6%

Worthington

165

381

546

69.8%

Total

5,211

11,377

16,588

68.6%

3rd Hampshire Rep. District, Rep. Ellen Story (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Amherst

1,827

5,268

7,095

74.2%

Granby

1,239

1,575

2,814

56.0%

Total

3,066

6,843

9,909

69.1%

13th Middlesex Rep District, Rep. Thomas Conroy (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Lincoln

421

930

1,351

68.8%

Sudbury

2,993

4,476

7,469

59.9%

Wayland

2,085

3,611

5,696

63.4%

Total

5,499

9,017

14,516

62.1%

 

Allow sales and taxation of marijuana

“Shall the state representative/senator from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate the taxation, cultivation, and sale of marijuana to adults?” (Masscann/NORML)

7th Essex State Rep District, Rep. John Keenan (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Salem

5,361

6,877

12,238

56.2%

Total

5,361

6,877

12,238

56.2%

8th Essex State Rep District, Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Lynn

644

722

1,366

52.9%

Marblehead

3,999

5,185

9,184

56.5%

Swampscott

2,608

3,471

6,079

57.1%

Total

7,251

9,378

16,629

56.4%

1st Middlesex and Norfolk Senate District, *Senator Cynthia Creem (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Brookline

4,255

10,431

14,686

71.0%

Newton

11,842

19,131

30,973

61.8%

Wellesley

3,134

3,334

6,468

51.5%

Total

19,231

32,896

52,127

63.1%

3rd Middlesex State Rep. District, Rep. Kate Hogan (D)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Bolton

1,020

1,132

2,152

52.6%

Hudson

3,372

3,689

7,061

52.2%

Maynard

1,715

2,379

4,094

58.1%

Stow

1,398

1,686

3,084

54.7%

Total

7,505

8,886

16,391

54.2%

13th Norfolk State Rep. District, (open seat)


Town

No

Yes

Total Votes

Yes %

Dover

1,274

1,343

2,617

51.3%

Medfield

1,121

1,606

2,727

58.9%

Needham

5,906

6,784

12,690

53.5%

Total

8,301

9,733

18,034

54.0%

As reported by Boston Globe

 

Election Results - November 2008

Public Policy Question – Allow physician-approved medical marijuana

“Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow seriously ill patients, with their doctor's written recommendation, to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for their personal medical use?”

 1st Middlesex Representative District (R – Robert S. Hargraves)

Town

Yes

No

Total Votes

Yes %

Ayer

2,289

847

3,136

73%

Dunstable

1,032

443

1,475

70%

Groton

4,293

1,333

5,626

76%

Pepperell

4,353

1,506

5,859

74%

Townsend

3,418

1,289

4,707

73%

District Total

15,385

5,418

20,803

74%

21st Middlesex Representative District (D – Charles A. Murphy)

Town

Yes

No

Total Votes

Yes %

Bedford

5,033

1,678

6,711

75%

Burlington

7,863

3,667

11,530

68%

Wilmington

1,250

563

1,813

69%

District Total

14,146

5,908

20,054

71%

13th Norfolk Representative District (D – Lida E. Harkins)

Town

Yes

No

Total Votes

Yes %

Dover

2,268

849

3,117

73%

Medfield

2,373

863

3,236

73%

Needham

11,709

4,406

16,115

73%

District Total

16,350

6,118

22,468

73%

 6th Plymouth Representative District (R – Daniel K. Webster)

Town

Yes

No

Total Votes

Yes %

Duxbury

4,186

1,612

5,798

72%

Halifax

1,280

467

1,747

73%

Hanson

3,513

1,509

5,022

70%

Pembroke

6,270

2,561

8,831

71%

District Total

15,249

6,149

21,398

71%


PPQ Results by District: 

Representative Districts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District

Subject

Yes

No

Share

#

Election Year

Current Incumbent

Fourth Barnstable

Medical

14,315

8,804

62%

(5)

2000

Sarah K. Peake (D)

Third Berkshire

Medical

10,909

4,173

72%

(1)

2004

Christopher Speranzo (D)

First Essex

Decrim

9,223

5,811

61%

(2)

2002

Michael A. Costello (D)

Second Essex

Decrim

9,658

6,762

60%

(2)

2002

Harriett L. Stanley (D)

Fourth Essex

Decrim

11,481

7,023

62%

(2)

2000

Bradford Hill (R)

Eighteenth Essex

Decrim

8,397

5,681

60%

(2)

2002

Barbara A. L’Italien (D)

Second Franklin

Industrial Hemp

5,965

5,471

52%

(7)

2002

Christopher J. Donelan (D)

First Hampshire

Tax & Regulate

11,494

8,393

58%

(4)

2004

Peter V. Kocot (D)

Sixth Middlesex

Decrim

9,883

4,781

67%

(3)

2000

Pam Richardson (D)

Twenty-Fourth Middlesex

Medical

14,551

4,705

76%

(1)

2004

William N. Brownsberger(D)

First Norfolk

Decrim

7,425

5,173

59%

(6)

2002

Bruce J. Ayers (D)

Second Norfolk

Decrim

6,817

4,559

60%

(6)

2002

A. Stephen Tobin (D)

Sixth Norfolk

Medical

10,791

4,506

71%

(1)

2004

William C. Galvin (D)

Seventh Norfolk

Medical

8,386

4,820

64%

(1)

2006

Walter F. Timilty (D)

Tenth Norfolk

Decrim

11,568

7,625

60%

(2)

2004

James E. Vallee (D)

Twelfth Norfolk

Decrim

8,538

5,388

61%

(6)

2002

John H. Rogers (D)

Third Plymouth

Decrim

15,215

6,956

69%

(3)

2004

Garrett J. Bradley (D)

Fifth Plymouth

Decrim

9,467

6,339

60%

(3)

2002

Robert J. Nyman (D)

First Plymouth

Decrim

9,320

5,863

61%

(3)

2006

Viriato M. deMacedo (R)

Seventh Plymouth

Medical

13,784

5,902

70%

(1)

2004

Allen J. McCarthy (D)

Twelfth Plymouth

Decrim

8,862

5,919

60%

(3)

2006

Thomas Calter (D)

Second Suffolk

Decrim

4,227

2,914

59%

(3)

2002

Eugene L. O'Flaherty (D)

Fourth Suffolk

Decrim

4,923

3,907

56%

(3)

2002

Brian P. Wallace (D)

Tenth Suffolk

Decrim

7,734

5,164

59%

(3)

2002

Michael F. Rush (D)

Eleventh Suffolk

Decrim

5,616

2,436

70%

(3)

2002

Elizabeth A. Malia (D)

Thirteenth Suffolk

Decrim

3,672

2,627

57%

(3)

2002

Martin J. Walsh (D)

Fourteenth Suffolk

Decrim

3,944

3,596

52%

(3)

2002

Angelo M. Scaccia (D)

Fifteenth Suffolk

Decrim

6,429

2,423

74%

(3)

2002

Jeffrey Sanchez (D)

Seventeenth Suffolk

Decrim

3,846

1,749

69%

(3)

2002

Kevin G. Honan (D)

Eighteenth Suffolk

Decrim

4,202

2,109

67%

(3)

2002

Michael J. Moran (D)

Second Worcester

Decrim

6,647

4,783

59%

(3)

2002

Robert L. Rice Jr. (D)

Fifth Worcester

Decrim

7,409

5,230

59%

(3)

2002

Anne M. Gobi (D)

Sixth Worcester

Decrim

10,005

5,829

63%

(3)

2004

Geraldo Alicea (D)

Twelfth Worcester

Decrim

12,618

6,008

68%

(3)

2004

Harold P. Naughton, Jr. (D)

Fourteenth Worcester

Medical

6,717

4,197

61%

(5)

2002

James B. Leary (D)

Fourteenth Worcester

Decrim

6,298

4,420

59%

(3)

2002

James B. Leary (D)

 

 

Senate Districts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District

Subject

Yes

No

Share

#

Election Year

Current Incumbent

Second Essex

Decrim

45,956

26,612

63%

(2)

2004

Frederick E. Berry (D)

Third Essex & Middlesex

Decrim

36,505

19,752

65%

(2)

2004

Thomas M. McGee (D)

Second Middlesex

Decrim

33,403

17,185

66%

(8)

2000

Patricia D. Jehlen (D)

Third Middlesex

Medical

38,187

17,674

68%

(1)

2006

Susan C. Fargo (D)

Worcester & Norfolk

Medical

48,739

22,611

68%

(1)

2004

Richard T. Moore (D)

 

Town of Amherst

Decrim

1,659

981

63%

(9)

2000

Amherst Select Board

 

Total votes: Yes – 484,220; No – 276,875; yes/no ratio across the state as a whole - 64%.  (For reference, about 1.2 million people voted for Governor Patrick.)

Total Medical Marijuana approval rate: 68%

Total Marijuana Decrim. approval rate: 62%

Policy Questions

Shall the (Representative or Senator) from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation...

(1)... that would allow seriously ill patients, with their doctor's written recommendation, to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for their personal Medical use?

(2)... making possession of marijuana a civil violation, like a traffic ticket instead of a criminal offense, and requiring police to hold a person under 18 cited for possession until the person is released to a parent or legal guardian or brought before a judge?

(3)... that would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil violation, subject to a maximum fine of $100 and not subject to any criminal penalties?

(4)... that would allow the state to regulate the taxation, manufacture and sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older provided that outlets are state licensed, do not sell alcohol, and are not within 500 yards of a school?

(5)... that would allow patients with certain diseases, who have a written doctor's recommendation, to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for their personal use, until such time as the federal government puts into place an effective distribution system for these patients?

(6)... that would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil violation, subject to a maximum fine of $100 and not subject to any criminal penalties?

(7)... that would allow licensed farmers in Massachusetts to grow cannabis hemp (a crop containing 1% or less THC, the active ingredient in marijuana) for legitimate agricultural and industrial purposes?

(8)... that would make the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil violation, subject to a fine of no more than $100.00. The effect of this proposed legislation would be to amend existing law by repealing all criminal penalties for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

(9) “Shall the following proposal be passed? In affirmation and expansion of the Amherst Town Meeting vote of May 12, 1976 [Article 52, Part 2], we urge the members of the Select Board, and the Town Manager, to persuade our State Representative, State Senator, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senators to repeal the prohibition of marijuana; and, in the interim, before repeal has been effected, we urge the Amherst Police Department to deprioritize the enforcement of laws covering the possession of marijuana against persons over the age of eighteen.”

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