Local officials decry Question 2 - Se...

Local officials decry Question 2 - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 40 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Nov 2, 2008, titled Local officials decry Question 2 - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Voters on Tuesday will decide whether to change state law to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.

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leom res

Leominster, MA

#1 Nov 2, 2008
marijuana is not a drug, its no worse than alcohol, so if marijuana can't be decriminalized then we might as well make booze illegal!
Moparman

Lancaster, MA

#2 Nov 2, 2008
I love the scare tactics, science has put their "GATE-WAY" theory in the dirt. I love the figures they give, about how many have been busted for having some grass, what Ms. Coakley won't tell you is the figures of the convictions. Everything shows up on your record, they are full of it when they say it is sealed, it shows up as a record, as an offence, then you need to explain that at a job interveiw.

As far as the CORI, that system has been broken for a long time, and needs to be aboloished. It is as bad as the insurance SDIP, takes 7-10 years for a speeding ticket to finally disappear from your insurance, which can cost upwards of $300 per infraction.The CORI, nothing disappears. Try driving thru Bolton and being a non-resident of the town, or Princeton for that matter, if you do not live in those towns, you will surely get nabbed for some bogus thing, I could go on and on.

I have smoked pot in the past, I haven't in a long while, several years. I also have and had a great job, a nice house, good freinds who also have good jobs who smoked, you know the good things that come with hard work, and would love to light up if I had the time to. I never, never, never, felt the urge to do coke, crack, or any other nasty drug out their.

I also suffered a broken back, and a hip injury when I was younger, not because I was high, these were accidents. The doctors were all so willing to pump me full of pills and send me on my merry way. Well, I found something better for the pain, it helped me sleep thru night, instead of laying awake in pain. I made simple to follow rules, no smoking until all my work was done at home, their would be no driving, never at,before, or during work at my job. Overall, what every other decent person out their dose with their beer after work. Something earned for a hard days work.

I would rather toke on a joint, than have to take the medications for pain that I am subjected to. But I do not trust the police, or the courts to judge whether I am a criminal, or abuser, or what ever absurd thing they want to call it. For beer drinkers "it's 5 o'clock somewhere" well for me, I prefer 420 my self, it is so much sooner ;).

I would hope people put this into perspective, and think for them selves, don't let others push you into believing the world will come to an end if question 2 passes.

Blueboy

Newton Upper Falls, MA

#4 Nov 2, 2008
Marijuana is a drug just like booze is. The only difference is booze is legal and marijuana is not.Leave the law the way it is or we will be sending the wrong message to our youth.
Vote Yes

AOL

#5 Nov 2, 2008
More:

OUR VIEW: Vote Yes on Question 2, Fall River Herald News Oct 30
http://www.heraldnews.com/opinions/x119776512...

Editorial: Vote 'Yes' on Question 2, MetroWest Daily News Oct 21
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/opinions/ed...

Editorial: Question 2: Despite concerns, vote Yes, Belmont Citizen-Herald Oct 28
http://www.wickedlocal.com/belmont/news/opini...

My View: Plenty of good reasons to vote yes on Question 2, The Salem News Oct 28
http://www.salemnews.com/puopinion/local_stor...
Moparman

Lancaster, MA

#6 Nov 2, 2008
One more thing, if the cops are paying $500-$700 an ounce, man you been had. For quarter pound maybe, but an ounce,that is total bull. SCARE TACTIC!!!!!!!! Just like I am supporting terrorisim, Osama is selling dope now too, he is getting away from missles and WMD's because it is more profitable in Lunenburg to sell weed. These idiots will say anything.
Moparman

Lancaster, MA

#7 Nov 2, 2008
Blueboy wrote:
Marijuana is a drug just like booze is. The only difference is booze is legal and marijuana is not.Leave the law the way it is or we will be sending the wrong message to our youth.
Booze is legal, because prohabition failed, try keeping all the politicians sober, ya right, look at Ted Kennedy. Tried to play Superman with his car, and pitched him and a woman into the water, and killed her, yet he is a big voice of reason now. If he had smoked some grass instead of being an alchoholic, perhaps he would have just sat back that night and watched Howdy Doody, and fell asleep. 50% of what an elected official says is bull, the other 50% is lies. Wake up, stop following, and start leading.
Dan Leominster

Spencer, MA

#8 Nov 2, 2008
I hope it passes, Because if Obama wins I'm gonna need to smoke weed to calm me down when my taxes skyrocket to cover his redistribution of wealth plan. Hey I made $98 g's last year I'm rich in his book!
Get Real

AOL

#9 Nov 2, 2008
I was a teenager in the late sixties when the war began and it seems they have yet to solve the war on drugs. This law won't make it legal but it will put possession of small quanities in the same catagory as a speeding ticket. I am not a user but know some who are, they have decent jobs. Some of the write ups have said the police already have discretion, but do they use it? In Ashburnham you go to court for a couple joints.
Leominster resident

United States

#10 Nov 2, 2008
Glodis is a **** yes they do ask if you have ever been arrested and what for,get you hear out of your rectum Glodis!!
And every pot head i know has a job and is responsible, and as to it being a gateway drug,like i said before only if that gate leads to the fridge!
Leominster resident

United States

#11 Nov 2, 2008
Dan Leominster wrote:
I hope it passes, Because if Obama wins I'm gonna need to smoke weed to calm me down when my taxes skyrocket to cover his redistribution of wealth plan. Hey I made $98 g's last year I'm rich in his book!
Dan your comment is moronic and shows your ignorance of the politics,under Obamas plan YOU would get a tax break jack@#$.
Budman

Gardner, MA

#12 Nov 2, 2008
Pot isn't the gateway drug Alcohol is. It's in just about every ones home.Send the wrong message about drugs? All kids have to do is watch their parents get buzzed every weeked and have to make several trips to the package store. Alcohol is the most destructive drug but we keep focusing on pot.
Oh and by the way this **** about the weed being hundreds of time more powerful now are idiots!the **** around now doesn't compare to what we had in the 70's and 80's its all disinformation by people who never smoked pot!!
Marijauna has a long history in New England, Hemp was grown far and wide and made the best rope, used by The Boston Naval Yard in the 1700's and 1800's. Don't try to tell me our fore fathers didn't smoke the buds after they made their clothes and rope from the stems.
I was once told nothing God made was bad, bad things come from man.
God made marijuana, man made alcohol!

“I'm a Fitchburger and Proud ”

Since: Jan 08

Fitchburg ( of course)

#14 Nov 2, 2008
Blueboy wrote:
Marijuana is a drug just like booze is. The only difference is booze is legal and marijuana is not.Leave the law the way it is or we will be sending the wrong message to our youth.
Is St Johns Wort a Gateway drug. It is used to alter minds. Outlaw Peer Pressure, the real Gateway Drug.

“I'm a Fitchburger and Proud ”

Since: Jan 08

Fitchburg ( of course)

#15 Nov 2, 2008
Dan Leominster wrote:
I hope it passes, Because if Obama wins I'm gonna need to smoke weed to calm me down when my taxes skyrocket to cover his redistribution of wealth plan. Hey I made $98 g's last year I'm rich in his book!
No you're not...250,000. is considered wealthy. So you're safe.LOL
L in Lunenburg

Clinton, MA

#16 Nov 2, 2008
Vote yes on 2. This war on drugs **** has been failing since it started. Weed is just one of those things in that you can lecture all you want but people are going do it whether it's legal or not whether it's bad for you or not. Almost all employers run CORI checks these days. Should people who get caught posessing pot really have to settle for less the rest of their lives? Also, sounds to me that those under 18 will at least have to face consequences still. The deterents are still in place they just won't have to worry about going to juvy!In all fairness I can understand why the opponents are worrried but the current way of dealing with pot ruins futures. Most people grow out of pot smoking and many of those that don't, funtion just fine. What worries me is that a good share of pot smokers I know don't think their vote will make a difference. The last time we had a marijuana bill up for vote it lost 51% to 49%. Your vote matters!
TTT

Peabody, MA

#17 Nov 2, 2008
Leominster resident wrote:
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Dan your comment is moronic and shows your ignorance of the politics,under Obamas plan YOU would get a tax break jack@#$.
YOU'RE the **** if you think for a second that ANY Defocrap is going to give a tax BREAK
J_in _Ward _1

Lowell, MA

#18 Nov 3, 2008
I think it's a poorly written ballot question. Based on information from its supporters in the booklet from the secretary of state's office, penalties will increase for someone under 18 (and the parents will have to pick up the tab for counseling if it's not covered by their insurance) but decrease for someone who's 18 or older. This sends a hypocritical and contradictory message of "do what I say, not what I do" and punishes people who are expected to make judgment errors (teens) more severely than adults who should know better.
truth

Boston, MA

#19 Nov 3, 2008
the propaganda in the article was ridiculous. i bet almost all of the anti pot Nazis have never burnt one....and that's the problem. its funny cause i bet they're all alcoholics. lol.
annahn

Ashburnham, MA

#20 Nov 3, 2008
Lunenburg Police Chief Daniel Bourgeouis said an ounce of marijuana likely has a street value of between $500 and $700.

They also fail to include that these prices only reflect like 2 percent of the marijuana out there... your average marijuana is somewhere around 80 dollars, its called mids, or shwag and its everywhere. 500-700 is just foolish.

"Something's either illegal or it's not," he said. "You can't take an illegal substance and say, OK you can have a little bit."

speeding is illegal isnt it? im thinkin speeding kills more poeple then weed, because weed has never directly killed anybody... but yet we get speeding tickets, we dont go to jail... weed is a weak substance. ciggarettes are far more addictive. alcohol is far more dangerous. Leave the stoners alone, its a plant for gods sake.
gringo

Fitchburg, MA

#21 Nov 3, 2008
leom res wrote:
marijuana is not a drug, its no worse than alcohol, so if marijuana can't be decriminalized then we might as well make booze illegal!
I agree ,,,QUE VIVA LA MARIHUANA

“I'm a Fitchburger and Proud ”

Since: Jan 08

Fitchburg ( of course)

#22 Nov 3, 2008
TTT wrote:
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YOU'RE the **** if you think for a second that ANY Defocrap is going to give a tax BREAK
You are a M o r o n !!!period.

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