Poll shows Support for Easing of Criminal Penalties for Marajuana Possesion

In Crime, local news, Marajuana, politics on August 19, 2008 by Editor Z

(H/T: Granby Mass)

Suffolk University:

Of the three questions on the Massachusetts ballot this November, only one question — #2 the decriminalization of marijuana — appears all but certain to pass, according to a poll analysis released today by 7NEWS/Suffolk University. Seventy-two percent favored the proposed law, which would replace the criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil penalty of forfeiture of the marijuana and a fine of $100. Twenty-two percent opposed the proposed law.

“The public may be signaling that pursuing small-time marijuana users is a waste of taxpayer resources,” said David Paleologos, director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University. “This issue suggests that there is a Libertarian streak in the thinking of Massachusetts voters.”

Here is the Ballot Question that the voters of Massachusetts will vote on in November.

But Federal Bodies such as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) could likely still pursue criminal penalties since in the larger picture Federal law can trump state law.

There are also two other referendums that will be placed on the November ballot. Question #1, supported by amongst others former gubenatorial candidate for the Libertarian party Carla Howell, would abolish the state income tax, while question 3 would ban grey hound dog racing within the state.



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