Sunday, October 26, 2014

Marijuana Public Policy Question #5 on the ballot

During the spring and early summer I spent the most time collecting signatures for the PPQ at Robinson's Hardware in the Pinefield Shopper Center, Concerts on the Common and at spring Town Meeting. It's always an experience asking for someones signature on a marijuana question. But you do get to hear how people feel about the subject and for the most part, as it was in the summer of 2000 when I collected signatures for the first Marijuana PPQ here in Framingham, most were very supportive. But at Town Meeting, it's a mystery to me why some Town Meeting Members would not want to let the question get on the ballot, while most believe in my right to ask sign the ballot without being asked. But democracy from the bottom up still counts and since 2000, free thinking reasonable people have voted in support of marijuana decriminalization and medicinal use. And when it came time to defend the State Law here in Framingham from the prohibitionist's actions, Town Meeting pushed back ALL attempts at banning and restricting a dispensary in this Town.

The positive reasons for legalization are numerous... the negative are few and farfetched. The one thing even the government has to agree with now, is that the majority of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized. And while some say these PPQ's mean little, I say, ignore the will of the people, and see what happens. Even the Feds are running around trying to figure out what to do. If all goes well with the PPQ's across the State, perhaps the deep pockets will fund a ballot question state wide in 2016.

Ballot Question 5 - PPQ Language

Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote for legislation that replaces the state’s restrictions on marijuana with a law that regulates the cultivation of and commerce in marijuana, by persons over the age of 21, in the same manner as laws that apply to the cultivation and sale of fruits, vegetables and herbs; such a law would (i) require persons covered by the law to take steps to prevent access to growing plants and marijuana by minors under the age of 18, (ii) punish distribution among and to such minors, (iii) retain for minors the civil offense of possessing one ounce or less of marijuana, and (iv) make no change to existing laws regarding driving while under the influence, and “drug-free” schools?


At October 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you give up again on updating this?

At October 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I did. To many irons in the fire... and not enough time to fan the flames.

Thanks for asking

At November 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it should be legalized.

At November 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

You may be in the minority on this one. Recent polls indicate that for the first time, most Americans believe it should be legal. And in our Town, since 2000, marijuana related questions on the ballot have won by overwhelming numbers.

Lets see how voters feel next Tuesday.

At November 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The majority will win on this one, so I am not worried that this will pass. Would like to see more frequent updates here. Enjoyed this when you wrtoe here before

At November 7, 2014 at 5:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey they opened some dispensarys today I heard. Any local? I need my meds.

At November 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

Nothing in the Metro West area yet. Our closest dispensary was to be in Milford, but it looks like they may have not passed all the criteria. Framingham should have a dispensary and TM knows I did everything I could to stop the prohibitionist at TM from blocking a center from setting up in Framingham.

The one center I had heard about in Framingham could not make the grade from DPH

It will be 4 months or so before any of them have product to dispense and sick people will have to find their medicine on the black market.

If anyone has a million dollars sitting around and would like to invest in this industry, please let me know.


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