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06 November, 2008

Massachusetts Decriminalizes Marijuana

Voted passed 65 to 35!

The people have spoken.

BOSTON - After Massachusetts voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, top law enforcement officials are scrambling to figure out what they need to do to put the law into effect - despite their efforts to defeat it at the polls.
Attorney General Martha Coakley, who joined all 11 of the state's district attorneys in opposing the ballot question, said Wednesday she was working to determine exactly what it will require the legal system to do.

"Question 2's passage not only authorizes the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, but also establishes a parallel civil regulatory structure that does not currently exist," Coakley said in a written statement. "At this time, we are reviewing all of the implications of the new law and whether further clarification or guidance is needed."

Massachusetts becomes the 12th state in the country to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. [I count 13th below] The measure passed Tuesday with 65 percent of voters supporting it and 35 percent opposed.

Adding Mass to the list of states that have decriminalized marijuana.
The conduct is treated like a minor traffic violation in the following states.

New York
North Carolina

Currently Rhode Island is a medical marijuana state. We hope the above will trickle down over the border and it will be decriminalized here soon.

Enough is enough! Sensible drug policy is a must. We have too many victims of the Drug War in prison while drunks drive around free! Let go of this Draconian drug policy.

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