Supporters of Initiative Deny Legalization Goal

Supporters of Initiative Deny Legalization Goal
Posted by CN Staff on September 25, 2008 at 15:57:30 PT
By Edward Mason
Source: Boston Herald 
Boston, MA -- Backers of a ballot question to decriminalize some pot possession fired back at charges that their initiative is a gateway for weaker drug laws - and took aim at the Herald for uncovering who’s funding the movement.“(The Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy) does not support marijuana ‘legalization’ or endorse or condone marijuana use, as the Herald is well aware” wrote campaign manager Whitney Taylor in an e-mail.
Taylor, who would not be interviewed, also wrote: “The Herald’s effort to confuse Bay Staters into thinking Question 2 is about marijuana legalization is a disservice to voters.”The Herald reported yesterday that the ballot committee received 30 percent of its money from the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C., group that promotes legal, over-the-counter sales of marijuana.Overall, $400,000 - 63 percent - of the $635,000 it raised came from George Soros, a billionaire philanthropist. He is on the board of the Drug Policy Alliance Network, a New York group that backs legalization of marijuana.If passed, Question 2 would not make pot legal. It would make having an ounce or less of marijuana a civil rather than criminal offense punishable by a $100 fine. Minors would have to complete a drug awareness program if caught, and their parents would be notified.Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone said it’s fair to scrutinize the money behind the movement.“The fact that Question 2 is being financed by activists who support over-the-counter marijuana is further evidence that they have a larger, pro-drug mission,” Leone said in a statement.Complete Title: Supporters of Initiative To Change Pot Laws Deny Legalization GoalSource: Boston Herald (MA)Author: Edward MasonPublished: Thursday, September 25, 2008Copyright: 2008 The Boston Herald, Inc.Website: letterstoeditor bostonherald.comRelated Articles & Web Site:Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy 'Question' About It Marijuana be Legalized? Yes or No 
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Comment #2 posted by rchot on September 26, 2008 at 13:27:25 PT
i don't know about them ,but i want it legalized, because if its still illegal it only fuels the black market plan and simple.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on September 25, 2008 at 16:59:39 PT
Marijuana should be legalized! The sooner the 
better.See Milton Friedman and read his articles from 1972 below!
On a mission from God!
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