BREAKING NEWS: Massachusetts Lawmakers To Debate Marijuana Legalization Measure Tomorrow!

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director October 13, 2009

    [Editor’s note: A version of this post was previously list-served to NORML’s membership in Massachusetts. To receive updates about pending legislation in your state, sign up for NORML’s free list-serv service here.]

    REMINDER — On Wednesday, October 14, Massachusetts state lawmakers will hear testimony in support of taxing and regulating the commercial production and distribution of marijuana for adults age 21 and older.

    Members of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue are scheduled to hear House Bill 2929, ‘An Act to Regulate and Tax the Cannabis Industry,’ on Wednesday at 10 am in Room B2 of the State House. House Bill 2929, along with its companion bill SB 1801, were introduced by request in March.

    NORML founder and Legal Counsel Keith Stroup will testify in favor of the measures [Editor’s note: Read Keith’s written testimony here.] — along with NORML Advisory Board member Dr. Lester Grinspoon (Harvard Medical School emeritus) and members of NORML’s state affiliate, the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition.

    This hearing is historic because it is the first time the state legislature has ever debated legalizing the adult use of marijuana.

    If you live in Massachusetts, please show your support for these measures by contacting your state elected officials and urging them to support these common sense proposals. If your elected officials are members of the Joint Committee on Revenue or the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, then it is especially important that they hear from you. For your convenience, a pre-written letter will be e-mailed to your state senator and representative when you enter you go here. The Joint Committee on Revenue may also be contacted at:

    House Staff Telephone: (617) 722-2320
    Senate Staff Telephone: (617) 722-1625

    For additional information about tomorrow’s hearing, please visit the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition/NORML at: http://www.masscann.org or visit: http://www.cantaxreg.com.

    106 responses to “BREAKING NEWS: Massachusetts Lawmakers To Debate Marijuana Legalization Measure Tomorrow!”

    1. GO MASSACHUSETTS!!! 81% support medical marijuana…. i will be in love with my state if we are the first state to legalize….. we have A LOT of pot smokers here…. so many that most non-smokers know multiple people who use it…. that helps out like crazy because everyone can see how it doesnt affect lives like the government claims.

      Boston Freedom Rally helped also being so peaceful! I’ll be in Boston tomorrow showing my support!

    2. Caleb says:

      Come on, Massachusetts, you can do it!!

    3. Dan says:

      YES! We really need this, I am not a resident of MA, but, I am an advocate for cannabis and Massachusetts is a powerful state. It is close to New York and Maryland/Washington. All we need is one domino to fall guys!

    4. CannabisTV says:

      Awesome. I think if we can get the ball rolling in Mass. on the East Coast, and in Cali. and Oregon on the West Coast, the rest of the states would fall in line.

      Inform and educate people. Have them check out CannabisPlanet and CannabisTV.org

    5. wvmoonshin says:

      Can and will this hearing be recorded?

    6. wvmoonshine says:

      Can and will this hearing be recorded with video equipment, at least a small digital video camera?

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    8. R.O.E. says:

      Aweswome news! With things like this happening,it wont be long. Time to end the maddness. Stop ruining American lives, American families.

    9. Andrew says:

      Finally, they listen!

    10. Hopeful says:

      If all goes well, this could be the beginning of the end of the unjust prohibition of cannibus. Lets all keep our fingers crossed and our voices heard!