MassCANN Files Decrim Initiatives for Massachusett

MassCANN Files Decrim Initiatives for Massachusett
Posted by FoM on August 06, 1999 at 08:26:03 PT
NORML Weekly Update News
Source: NORML
Aug. 5, 1999, Boston, MA: Initiative petitions supporting marijuana decriminalization have been filed and are now awaiting the State Attorney General’s ruling as to their constitutionality.
The Massachusetts Cannabis Coalition (MassCANN), a state affiliate of NORML, presented seven potential ballot questions which could appear on the November 2000 ballot.   The acts presented by MassCANN seek to permit the medical use of marijuana, decriminalize cultivation and personal use, and clarify defenses in criminal cases (for full text copies of the acts go to:   “The prosecution of adults for marijuana crimes is a phenomenal waste of our tax resources,” said Bill Downing, president of MassCANN.   State Attorney General Thomas Reilly must rule on theconstitutionality of the petitions and publish the summaries for the ballot by Sept. 1.   Downing said once they see Reilly’s wording they will decide on which measure to pursue.   MassCANN will be kicking off their petition drive at their annual Freedom Rally from noon to 6 p.m., on Saturday September 18th at the Boston Common.   For more information, please contact Bill Downing ofMassCANN   (781)944-2266 or Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation   (202)483-8751. Initiative Petition for a Law - 8/06/99
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