Police chief urges residents to reject Question 2 - Sentinel & ...

There are 17 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Oct 31, 2008, titled Police chief urges residents to reject Question 2 - Sentinel & .... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

On Nov. 4th Massachusetts voters will be asked on Question 2 to consider decriminalizing marijuana possession of an ounce or less other than for medical use.

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Moparman

Spencer, MA

#1 Oct 31, 2008
I have not smoked in a very long time, but know people who still do. They go to work everyday, they have good jobs, and have a great family. They are very very well off, not from selling pot, but because they work hard. They choose to smoke over drinking. I think it is a wiser choice. Where ever they are getting their figures for the cost of an ounce of pot, man you are getting had, you would pay that for a QP. Here again, another scare tactic. It is not a gate way drug, cut the bull, people escilate because they want to, it is their sole fault. But believe what you will, if you can justify the effects of booze over smoking a little grass, than you are the sick ones. Please remember that when you have a little to much to drink, and punch your wife or kid. Or better yet, to your familiy when you have been poisoned because you thought you could handle all the booze, and die. I have seen it happen, how many of you have?? Get real, it is not as bad as the ney sayers are trying to make it out to be. Enough said!
Brian

Acton, MA

#2 Oct 31, 2008
It is time to fully legalize it, period. Legalize it, sell it package stores and tax the hell out of it. It is by far the safest recreational substance one can choose to use, I have never seen anyone using pot do anything close to resembling what people can do after a few drinks or those who use prescription or hard-core substances. Pot is a different doobie, pun intended. How many die from booze annually? And tobacco. Between those 2 alone, close to 600,000 a year.
MMm

Lancaster, MA

#3 Oct 31, 2008
O please!!!!!! I think anyone who has ever smoked a joint knows, that you get alot more buzzed from that then a couple of beers. Nobody should be behind a wheel of a car after smoking pot. I can see it now 16 and 17 year old drivers, driving around passing a joint. Nice!
joe Leominster

Princeton, MA

#4 Oct 31, 2008
Vote yes on two!
It will save millions of dollars for tax payer and will no longer prohibit some kid from getting a college loan, or joining the army to learn a trade.
Middle agers are responsible enough to "toke or not to toke". I choose free will and urge the voters of Ma. to do the same.

I'm for Weed and McCain!
NO NO DOPE

AOL

#5 Nov 1, 2008
I SAY NO TO DOPE
Bills Cat

AOL

#6 Nov 1, 2008
And we expected what from the police chief and DA and other elected officials? This is what they're sup[posed to say. To even hint that question 2 might be not bad would be political suicide. Pot is no more a 'gateway drug' leading to addicton than a beer is a gateway to alcoholism. If you're prone to go there, you'll go whether it's legal or not. That tired arugement has no steam to it, it's simply a speech for people won't can't think of a real reason or maybe can't publically be honest.
mr big

Fitchburg, MA

#7 Nov 1, 2008
people who been arrested for having a joint or two on them, do you think that the arrest detered them from ever purchashing pot or liting up again?
police can be more productive pursuing other matters more vital to public safety then wasting time on small time pot smokers
mr big

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Nov 1, 2008
just think ,...if they decriminilize pot soon on the next ballot question will be can they lite up in coffee shops ,.. huh? just like amsterdam
oh yeah smell that reafer
Moparman

Whitinsville, MA

#9 Nov 2, 2008
MMm wrote:
O please!!!!!! I think anyone who has ever smoked a joint knows, that you get alot more buzzed from that then a couple of beers. Nobody should be behind a wheel of a car after smoking pot. I can see it now 16 and 17 year old drivers, driving around passing a joint. Nice!
Don't know where you have been, but they do that now anyway, but they are also texting and talking on their cell phones. Oh, if you have an empty stomach, and you pound down a couple, I really doubt your skills improve. Sounds like your mad about the competition to be reckless.
Leominster resident

United States

#10 Nov 2, 2008
MMm wrote:
O please!!!!!! I think anyone who has ever smoked a joint knows, that you get alot more buzzed from that then a couple of beers. Nobody should be behind a wheel of a car after smoking pot. I can see it now 16 and 17 year old drivers, driving around passing a joint. Nice!
If the same laws applied to pot as due booze,cant drive while using it or on it.
And if you really think they are not driving around smoking now you are way out of touch.

“Hemp for building materials”

Since: Sep 08

Hampstead

#11 Nov 2, 2008
Follow the money. Who stands to gain the most if it were kept illegal? Certainly not those who could benefit from it medicinally.
In CA there is on the ballot Proposition 5, a criminal justice reform for non-violent offenders. I will post a copy/paste to give you an idea who benefits from keeping cannabis illegal:
A very powerful special interest: the prison guards union. It has funneled $1.8 million into the campaign to derail Prop 5.

For the guards, prison overcrowding means more overtime pay. So the state's prison industrial complex has unleashed the full force of its financial power -- funding an array of ads that blatantly mischaracterize Prop 5. Truth has gone out the window, replaced by overheated claims that the initiative is a "drug dealer's bill of rights," "a get out of jail free card" for meth dealers, and a law that will allow parents to abuse their kids and escape punishment.

Goodbye reform, hello fear. The special interests are, once again, overwhelming the public interest.
You can find the full article at Alternet.org
Bileman

Amherst, NH

#12 Nov 2, 2008
Vote YES on Question 2.

LIH above is quite correct. There is institutionalised, entrenched interest in keeping pot illegal.

Remove the criminal penalty for posession of small amounts of marijuana.

Vote YES on Question 2.
TOUGHER LAWS NEEDED

Gloucester, MA

#13 Nov 4, 2008
We should NEVER cave in to drug dealers! Not on any level! It's illegal for a reason and it's a crime to have it and to sell it for a reason. Too bad if people don't like it that way.
QEII

Bronx, NY

#14 Nov 4, 2008
TOUGHER LAWS NEEDED wrote:
We should NEVER cave in to drug dealers! Not on any level! It's illegal for a reason and it's a crime to have it and to sell it for a reason. Too bad if people don't like it that way.
You are not caving in to them by making it legal. In fact, they would be somewhat hurting on the Illegal trade of marijuana and would definitely hurt their lifestyles along with the money in their pockets. That is what the drug dealers thrive on the illegal part of selling. It could keep drug dealers at a minimum. Dealers will never go away but it can be one sure way to minimize it.

“Hemp for building materials”

Since: Sep 08

Hampstead

#15 Nov 4, 2008
If it were legal it would be harder for under 21's to get it. Just as a person can lose his/her store license selling to the underaged, they would lose their license if the shop owners sold pot to the underaged. The shops are regulated periodically, get "inspected" by the ALE. Dealers have no regulations to follow.
The reason Cannabis is a crime because in 1937 Harry Anslinger had a vendetta and a major lust for power. Tougher Laws Needed can you tell us what the reason Cannabis is illegal? Its illegality is based on lies, corruption and racism. I can provide links if you'd like. If you're closed minded no link is going to persuade you nor any other well-researched, fact-based debate. If lies about something are told often enough it becomes true. That is propaganda.
HUH

Brookline, MA

#16 Nov 4, 2008
TOUGHER LAWS NEEDED wrote:
We should NEVER cave in to drug dealers! Not on any level! It's illegal for a reason and it's a crime to have it and to sell it for a reason. Too bad if people don't like it that way.
SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED TO MOVE TO CHINA, OR MAYBE NORTH KOREA. AMERICA IS CALLED THE HOME OF THE FREE FOR A REASON. PICK UP A BOOK. IGNORANCE PISSES ME OFF.
mIKE

AOL

#17 Nov 4, 2008
IVE NEVER GOT BEHIND THE WHEEL AFTER SMOKING POT AND GONE OUT AND ATE ANYBODY TO DEATH! GET REAL PEOPLE NOR HAVE I EVER DONE A STRONGER DRUG BECAUSE I USED POT. I DRINK MORE THAN EVER SINCE MY FIRST BEER AND TO TELL YA THE TRUTH EVEN GOT BEHIND THE WHEEL WHEN I SHOULDNT HAVE WHATS MORE DANGEROUS? GET STICKTER ON DRINKING AND DRIVING NOT POT!

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