Marijuana

Marijuana law must address race impact of War on Drugs

Marijuana law must address race impact of War on Drugs

Pending bill reintroduces regressive policies that voters rejected

IN NOVEMBER, MASSACHUSETTS voters chose to move our state’s drug policy into the 21st century by rejecting the failed War on Drugs and becoming the first state in the Eastern half of the country to legalize cannabis. Now, the Legislature is considering a bill which would reintroduce some of the same regressive principles that voters(...)

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For marijuana law, now the ‘Grown-Up’s Hour’

For marijuana law, now the ‘Grown-Up’s Hour’

State has long history of applying legislative fixes to ballot questions

MANY OF US have listened to Longfellow’s poem that reminds us that there “Comes a pause in the day’s occupations, that is known as the Children’s Hour.” Now that democracy has worked its magic in Massachusetts with the legalization of recreational use of marijuana, I suggest it is time for the Grown-Up’s Hour when it(...)

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The shock heard ‘round the world

The shock heard ‘round the world

Trump stuns the established order

DONALD TRUMP WAS elected president, upending the expectations set by virtually every poll going into Tuesday’s election. He won despite alienating and attacking everyone from Hispanics to Gold Star families, calling war hero (and fellow Republican) John McCain a loser, and boasting of his celebrity-fueled ability to grab women’s genitals at will. None of it(...)

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AAA says marijuana OUI laws useless

AAA says marijuana OUI laws useless

Auto club research says there is no standard to determine impairment

THE RESEARCH ARM of AAA says states that set legal limits for marijuana driving impairment have no scientific basis for the standards and urged a national effort to adopt uniform tests to ensure road safety. “Legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science, which could result in unsafe motorists going free(...)

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The gateway debate over marijuana

The gateway debate over marijuana

Science favors backers of legal pot, fear favors opponents

CHRIS LOWE, A 41-year-old carpenter on Martha’s Vineyard, has smoked pot since his early 20s, both legally and illegally. When he lived in Montana, he had a certificate to grow, sell, and use medical marijuana until the state changed its laws. He says he qualifies for medical marijuana in Massachusetts, but doesn’t bother because the bureaucracy(...)

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On weed, let’s stick to the facts

Facts are in short supply in the increasingly polarized debate over legalizing marijuana, which is why Jack Sullivan’s piece today in CommonWealth is refreshing. The article suggests the inability of law enforcement officials to test for marijuana impairment is a real problem, but also points to studies indicating a marijuana high isn’t the same as(...)

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Bipartisan buzzkill

After the struggle to get medical marijuana off the ground, did anyone really think there would be little institutional resistance to legalizing recreational use and commercial sale of pot? Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo are set to bring their considerable fundraising skills and estimable offices to the battle(...)

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Lawmakers hear testimony on pot legalization

Lawmakers hear testimony on pot legalization

Is marijuana harmless or the first step on a ladder to harder drugs?

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Activists in favor of the legalization of the adult use of marijuana squared off Monday with law enforcement officials and legislators in what one activist called “the eruption, at long last, of the first-ever public debate about marijuana in Massachusetts.” The Joint Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony on the statutory(...)

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