EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


November 13, 2012

Letter: Vote shows people want end to marijuana prohibition

To the editor:

Regarding your story “Pot votes in Colorado, Washington raise specter of weed tourism” (Nov. 10), it is inevitable that the end of cannabis prohibition will soon come to Massachusetts. The proof is in the Election Day poll of the 142,652 voters in the 8th Essex House, 22nd Middlesex House and the 1st Essex and Middlesex Senate District, all within the 6th Congressional District. Of these voters, slightly over 54 percent want Congress to repeal the federal prohibition on marijuana. Only 32.5 percent opposed repeal and some 13 percent had no opinion or refused to answer by blanking the ballot.

These numbers demonstrate that the voters of the 6th Congressional District and by reasonable inference all Massachusetts voters reject the prohibition that never should have been. They also suggest three questions:

The first is will Rep. Marc Lombardo, R-Billerica, Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, and state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, and the eight representatives with whom Sen. Tarr shares at least one precinct sponsor the resolution and work to get it passed by both chambers of the General Court?

The second is will Congressman John Tierney, who squeaked by with a plurality of the vote, become a sponsor in the next session of Congress of legislation that will end the prohibition? I’ve already asked him yet again and await his reply.

The third is will the General Court and the governor get out front on ending the prohibition here in Massachusetts by passing legislation establishing constitutional cannabis control before the people do it for ourselves, as we did with Question 2 in 2008 and Question 3 this year?

Steven S. Epstein


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