Over the last 100 years, there have been numerous major government and private commissions around the world that have studied the drug laws and made recommendations for changes. They all reached remarkably similar conclusions, no matter who did them, or when, or where, or why.
They all agreed that the marijuana laws were based on ignorance and nonsense and do more harm than good. They all said that the current approach is fundamentally wrong and should be changed immediately.
You don't have to take my word for this. Google "Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy" and read all of them yourself.
This isn't hard. If we can make workable rules for alcohol and tobacco, which kill 500,000 people per year, then those same rules should work for the much smaller problem of marijuana. ...(full comment)
This is backwards. Public opinion is already way ahead of the law, there is no "softening" necessary.
Decriminalization and medical marijuana both passed with strong majorities.
And Massachusetts does have a much tougher Medical marijuana laws than California, as we will see as it plays out in the next year.
Nationally, we will see the impact of Colorado and Washington, and voters will have plenty of time to judge legalization there before a binding ballot initiative is likely in 2016.
Once again, the public will see that the sky doesn't fall, and marijuana prohibition is a strange accident of history. The time has come to end it.
As Northampton Attorney Richard Evans says: "The idea of a dispensary in their community is offensive to people who have been listening to the government propaganda for 50 years."
http://www.mymassachusettsdefenselawyer.com/marijuana-laws-expert-predicts-more-legalization-feds-out-of-marijuana-by-2017/ ...(full comment)
For those who know me well, I AM my mother's daughter. My mother passed away Monday. It matters not her age as she was not her age alone. In that one moment she lost her life, but she it NOT that moment. She WAS Celia Ann Peters Allen - my MOM. She brought light, love, and laughter to all she met. I hope to keep shining her light for as long as I live. ...(full comment)
I note that your second paragraph is a pro-choice argument. You are, of course, free to advocate for the anti-choice cause, or the pro-choice cause, but not both simultaneously. ...(full comment)
beverly jennings wrote:
10/26/2013 @ 10:19 AM EST
I grew up in Turners Falls and my mother and siblings still live there. It's a shame that this man can no longer display items outside of his store...it made the area look vibrant as opposed to looking drab. I live in Foxboro, MA and two of the downtown stores display items on the sidewalk in front of their stores and it makes the area come alive with vibrancy! The town should change their ruling in this matter.
Jennings ...(full comment)
the eastern part of the state (Boston!!!) and all other towns should be housing there own homeless in motels in there area!!! ....this places undo burden on the greenfield school system.....it lessens the rooms available for tourists visiting the area......The generous nature of the franklin county residents should be commended but it comes at a cost to the tax payers of greenfield...... ...(full comment)
Sharing archaeology and history with the public is important and should be considered by all who do this kind of work. After all isn't knowledge of the past helping us better understand the future? ...(full comment)
It was because of politics that the mayor withdrew Mr. Touloumtzis and Mr. Roberts. Where is the editorial chastising him for his ‘ideological test?’ Again the Recorder with the double standard.
Walmart pays a lot of money to put circulars in newspapers, so we won’t get any fair and balanced criticism on this issue. ...(full comment)
i think it's stupid to move. if they are working in ashfield and need supplies for the greenfield job they will have to go down to hadley and then come back up when they could just get whatever they need here in town. dumb. ...(full comment)