Officials rally against Question 2

Officials rally against Question 2

There are 22 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Oct 17, 2008, titled Officials rally against Question 2. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Some of the region's top law enforcement officials are expected to gather on the steps of Pittsfield City Hall today at 11 a.m. to declare their opposition to softening marijuana penalties.

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Mink Frog

Monsey, NY

#1 Oct 17, 2008
Is this a good use of our payroll patriots' time? What happened to conflict of interest or the laws that prevent civil servants from being involved in political issues?
Obviously, I believe that people should vote YES on question Two. The penalties imposed by the commonwealth for minor possession are way out of proportion for the severity of the crime.
Pot prosecution is a major revenue stream for our courts. Time to acknowledge that, and disburse those monies (seizure, fines, witness fees, probation fees, etc.) back to real education.
pat the painter

Huntington, MA

#2 Oct 17, 2008
In the meantime the courts are backed up, while our Public Servants try to sway the voters on Question 2, more reason to vote Yes.
Mink Frog

Monsey, NY

#4 Oct 17, 2008
Capeless and Co. are busy vilifying 17 year olds across Berkshire County.
There are high schools where more than 50% of the graduates are on probation or "Community Intervention". What does that say? And these kids will have CORI's even if they have charges dropped. Most employers won't look at the details- just the fact that a name popped up.
And there is no financial aid at any State school if you have a drug record.
wha

Adams, MA

#5 Oct 18, 2008
yup, lets keep spending millions on prosecution of young people for having something a majority of americans have at least tried. vote yes #1, yes #2; then we could legalize it and tax the hell out of it and recoup some of the 12.5 billion we're supposedly going to lose for a yes vote on number one.
political action

United States

#7 Oct 19, 2008
aren't there more important issues these idiots could rally about? Like tougher laws for oui, domestic violence, child abuse, gangs and rapist? Let the man get roasted, rock the vote! Although, it's nice to see these morons with so much political power be passionate about something for once. It's just too bad that it's about something so lame. I mean think about it. If simple possesion was only a fine they would make money off it rather than spend money by running every stoner through the court system. Oh, and teenagers are going to do it regardless. Like they even care. I bet 90% don't even have a clue what question 2 is.

Since: May 08

Chicopee, MA

#8 Oct 19, 2008
No on ONE!
YES on TWO!
Yes on Three!
Robert Fuster

Syracuse, NY

#9 Oct 20, 2008
Hannity wrote:
capeless....don't you have better things to do with your time ?
He does but playing with himself even gets old for him doing it 24/7..........
Tom--Pittsfield

United States

#10 Oct 20, 2008
What is wrong with you people? Pot is a dangerous drug!!!! Do you want your kids smoking it and getting "dumb?" It dulls the senses and slows reaction time and destroys short term memory after years of use. It also leads to harder drugs. Did you all grow up in some fantasy land or what? VOTE NO!!!!!
Dave in Allendale

Woodbury, CT

#11 Oct 20, 2008
Tom--Pittsfield wrote:
What is wrong with you people? Pot is a dangerous drug!!!! Do you want your kids smoking it and getting "dumb?" It dulls the senses and slows reaction time and destroys short term memory after years of use. It also leads to harder drugs. Did you all grow up in some fantasy land or what? VOTE NO!!!!!
Tom Where do you get your facts? No I do not want kids smoking it, this bill will not result in kids smpoking more. Reaction time? I disagree. Senses? Some senses are hightened. The war on drugs? A huge misappropiation of resources and a disservice to our society in general. VOTE Yes on 2!
The Necromancer

Tampa, FL

#12 Oct 20, 2008
Tom--Pittsfield wrote:
What is wrong with you people? Pot is a dangerous drug!!!! Do you want your kids smoking it and getting "dumb?" It dulls the senses and slows reaction time and destroys short term memory after years of use. It also leads to harder drugs. Did you all grow up in some fantasy land or what? VOTE NO!!!!!
Tom, for me, it's not about what I want my kids to do. It's about whether or not the government has the power to outlaw a plant.

Just as prohibition was a pointless waste of public treasure that fueled a black market, so to is the "war on drugs".

I will still teach my children to stay clear of drugs of all sorts, as none of them help to focus their lives on the important things.

Removing the black market aspect from pot goes a long way to squash the violence that goes hand in hand with the drug trade.
wha

Adams, MA

#13 Oct 20, 2008
Tom--Pittsfield wrote:
What is wrong with you people? Pot is a dangerous drug!!!! Do you want your kids smoking it and getting "dumb?" It dulls the senses and slows reaction time and destroys short term memory after years of use. It also leads to harder drugs. Did you all grow up in some fantasy land or what? VOTE NO!!!!!
pot is dangerous, so dangerous you need 1,500 pounds of it to OD and you need to smoke it all in less than 30 minutes. thats way dangerous than say heroin, which is like 3 grams to OD. its way more dangerous than aspirin, which is like 10 pills. its way more dangerous than guns, cigarettes and alcohol put together! lets outlaw oxygen you can get high on it, lets outlaw nitrogen cause you can get high on it, lets outlaw nutmeg cause you can get high on it, lets outlaw cows because their flop is a perfect breeding ground for 'shrooms, lets outlaw anything and everything because with enough chemicals you can make anything (case in point meth). i guess i must be "dumb" tom 'cause i enjoy my freedoms; and don't think anyone outside of myself and my family have any right to tell me what i can and can not put in my body. its my right to choose.

as for my fantasy land, i live in the same world you live in. the same world in which amsterdam has legalized most drugs, prostitution and have taxed all of it and maintain a society of greater value culturally than the USA will ever be with the militaristic path we're on now. my short term memory is doing pretty good i'd have to say, and i smoked weed like 6 years ago for about 2 years... i guess by your book, i should be out sniffing coke off a whore's thigh or shooting up in the back alley behind burger king?

lets just sum it up like this tom: "Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. Do not... f*ck with us." there's more pot smokers than idiots like you tom, stop complaining and smoke a joint you'll enjoy your frigid wife's constant complains a little more dude.
Edison

New York, NY

#14 Oct 20, 2008
Yes on 1. Only an idiot would want to pay taxes if he didn't have to. Taxachusetts.
Yes on 2. Overdue. No worse than alcohol.
No on 3. What's the problem?
Twopoint Five

Granby, MA

#15 Oct 20, 2008
Mink Frog wrote:
Capeless and Co. are busy vilifying 17 year olds across Berkshire County.
There are high schools where more than 50% of the graduates are on probation or "Community Intervention". What does that say? And these kids will have CORI's even if they have charges dropped. Most employers won't look at the details- just the fact that a name popped up.
And there is no financial aid at any State school if you have a drug record.
If these 17 year old adults had better upbringings and better role models they would not have to worry about this issue. Leave the good jobs and financial aid for the students that are smart enough to choose not to use these substances.
Yellow Rose

United States

#16 Oct 20, 2008
Tom--Pittsfield wrote:
What is wrong with you people? Pot is a dangerous drug!!!! Do you want your kids smoking it and getting "dumb?" It dulls the senses and slows reaction time and destroys short term memory after years of use. It also leads to harder drugs. Did you all grow up in some fantasy land or what? VOTE NO!!!!!
What is wrong witih you Tom? I know people, several of them, who have been smoking daily for over 40 years....no dulled senses, reaction time may be slower,(also could be due to age), same with short term memory loss....mainly for unimportant things...and guess what?...NO harder drugs..unless you consider alcohol. These people have had successful careers, as doctors, nurses, teachers, public servants, business owners, CEOs, etc., etc. They have raised families successfully, and now are enjoying retirement. Don't go there Tom, you know not of what you write.
Yellow Rose

United States

#17 Oct 20, 2008
Twopoint Five wrote:
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If these 17 year old adults had better upbringings and better role models they would not have to worry about this issue. Leave the good jobs and financial aid for the students that are smart enough to choose not to use these substances.
You are soooo clueless. Even smart kids use pot...lots of them...and upbringing has little to do with it.
Twopoint Five

Granby, MA

#18 Oct 20, 2008
How can you label someone that uses any kind of drug/substance as successful? If they are so capable why do they make ignorant choices? This stuff not only effects them. There are second hand polutants invovled as well as setting poor examples for children.
Yellow Rose

Malvern, AR

#19 Oct 20, 2008
Twopoint Five wrote:
How can you label someone that uses any kind of drug/substance as successful? If they are so capable why do they make ignorant choices? This stuff not only effects them. There are second hand polutants invovled as well as setting poor examples for children.
Obviously, if someone has reached retirement age, has sucessful children, has had a successful career, money in the bank, a comfortable life style..is able to travel, enjoys good health...they could be called successful. I know dozens...it did not influence their children, some who use pot...some don't...does't matter because your assumptions are wrong on its effect on kids...as for poor examples...just the contrary in all cases...no second hand pollutants either when you use a vaporizer. As for drugs...how many people do you know who use drugs...pain killers, anti anxiety meds, or any other chemical substances??? Alcohol???? All worse for the body than marijuana. Would you call those people successful...with their drug and alcohol habits??? You say that is an ignorant choice...actually it is a very wise choice, as I said much less harmful than that little sleeping pill you get..and twice as effective....not an ignorant choice by any means.
Geoge

Northville, NY

#20 Oct 20, 2008
Mi familia en California se beneficiará si la gente blanca dejas a gente fumar la marijuana. gracias
Captain Toke

Albany, NY

#21 Oct 20, 2008
Tom--Pittsfield wrote:
What is wrong with you people? Pot is a dangerous drug!!!! Do you want your kids smoking it and getting "dumb?" It dulls the senses and slows reaction time and destroys short term memory after years of use. It also leads to harder drugs. Did you all grow up in some fantasy land or what? VOTE NO!!!!!
Afraid of liking it ain't ya. If it leads to other things it's because your weak and want it to lead there. If you can't handle the shizz don't use it, but don't push your views on those with enough brain power to regulate their own activities. Are you a Jehovah's Witness?
Phil

Quincy, MA

#22 Oct 20, 2008
In 2006 Marijuana possession arrests were 40% of all drug related arrests in massachusetts.. Lets vote yes on 2.. and see how effective the "war on drugs" really is.... without hiding behind simple marijuana possession arrests.

Irony.. at least 4 of the district attorneys have admitted smoking marijuana.. and they seem to have done fine for themselves.. as a matter of fact... the DA's should use a new statistics.

At least 40% of DA's in mass have smoked marijuana. about the same amount they quote for inmates in jail..

so the new statistic can be.. pot smokers have just as much of a chance to be a District attorney as they do a criminal..

well.. as long as they dont have a CORI following them around

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