Friday, September 24, 2010

MASSACHUSETTS MARIJUANA NON-BINDING BALLOT QUESTION NUMBERS 
Hi Rachel,

   Good to talk to you this morning.  I read through the last few days of E-mails after we talked.  Thanks for that nice E-mail.

MASSACHUSETTS MARIJUANA NON-BINDING BALLOT QUESTION NUMBERS

                      Over 1 out of 8 Mass. Voters will be voting on Marijuana Reform!

                Over 1 out of 10 towns in Massachusetts will be voting on Tax and Regulate!

       The Elections Division of the state of Massachusetts just released ballot numbers for marijuana reform ballot questions that are appearing in 73 cities and towns in the state under the state’s Public Policy Question provision allowing non-binding votes in legislative districts with requisite number of signatures of registered voters handed in. 
       Many of the districts where Tax and Regulate is being run in were carefully chosen for an expected favorable vote based on voting results in the 2008 statewide decriminalization initiative vote breakdown.  Many of the districts were medical marijuana is being run are in the districts of incumbents the most inimical to marijuana reform.  We will take this battle right to the doorsteps of the opposition and decisively win.
       These Public Policy Questions that Massachusetts activists are using are the grassroots method that we used in elections across the state from 2000-2006 to make way for the huge 65.2% win that we had in the 2008 decriminalization vote.  Our 100% record of wins in 41 past district elections tends to silence the opposition, bring newspaper editorial boards over to our side, and to alert national funders that marijuana reform is a winnable proposition for the Massachusetts ballot.   Our opposition was totally defeated in a devastating over 30 point loss.
      Thanks to Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann/NORML), Suffolk University NORML, UMass Amherst Cannabis Reform Coalition, and the War on Lies and the many hours that hard working individuals put in to the effort.    


                          TAX AND REGULATE MARIJUANA LIKE ALCOHOL
QUESTION 4, 5, OR 6
Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate and tax marijuana in the same manner as alcohol?
Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Representative District (#4, except Falmouth, Pcts. 1, 2, 5, 6, and Gosnold, #5)
1st Franklin Representative District (#5, except Sunderland and Whately, #6)
3rd Hampshire Representative District (#4, except Granby, #5)
13th Middlesex Representative District (#5)
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                                 TAX AND REGULATE MARIJUANA     (VERSION 2)
QUESTION 4 OR 7
Shall the state senator from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate the taxation, cultivation, and sale of marijuana to adults?
1st Middlesex and Norfolk Senate District (#4, except Brookline, Pct. 5, #7)
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                               TAX AND REGULATE MARIJUANA   (VERSION 2)
QUESTION 4 or 5
Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate the taxation, cultivation, and sale of marijuana to adults?
7th Essex Representative District (#4)
8th Essex Representative District (#4)
3rd Middlesex Representative District (#4, except Hudson, #5)
13th Norfolk Representative District (#4)
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                                         MEDICAL MARIJUANA  (VERSION 1)
QUESTION 4 OR 5
Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow patients, with their doctor’s written recommendation, to possess, grow, and purchase marijuana for medical use?
2nd Bristol Representative District (#4)
14th Bristol Representative District (#4)
1st Hampden Representative District (#4, except Palmer, #5)
9th Norfolk Representative District (#4)
13th Worcester Representative District (#5)
18th Worcester Representative District (#4)
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                                         MEDICAL MARIJUANA (VERSION 2)
QUESTION 4, 5 OR 6
Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow patients, with the written recommendation of their doctor or other registered caregiver, to possess and grow marijuana for the patient’s medical use?
2nd Plymouth Representative District (#5)
3rd Plymouth Representative District (#5, except Cohasset, #4)
15th Suffolk Representative District (#6)

                      
                               Detailed information on Legislative Districts:



                          TAX AND REGULATE MARIJUANA LIKE ALCOHOL
“Shall the State Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol?”
Will be on the ballot in the following districts:

-Barnstable, Dukes, & Nantucket State Representative District, Rep. Eric Turkington (D):  Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Gosnold, Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, and pcts. 1, 2, 5, & 6 of Falmouth.
-13th Middlesex State Rep District, Rep. Thomas Conroy (D):  Lincoln, Sudbury, and Wayland.
-3rd Hampshire State Rep. District, Rep. Ellen Story (D):  Amherst and Granby.
-1st Franklin State Rep District, Rep. Stephen Kulik (D):  Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Wendell, Whately, Chesterfield, Goshen, Huntington, Pelham, Williamsburg, Worthington, and Pcts. A & D in Belchertown.

                                 TAX AND REGULATE MARIJUANA    (Version 2)
“Shall the state representative/senator from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate the taxation, cultivation, and sale of marijuana to adults?”
Will be on the ballot in the following districts:

-1st Middlesex and Norfolk Senate District, Sen. Cynthia Creem (D):  Newton, Brookline, and Pcts. A, C, D, & E of Wellesley.
-7th Essex State Rep District, Rep. John Keenan (D):  Salem
-8th Essex State Rep District, Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D):  Marblehead, Swampscott, and Pct. 4 of Wd. 3 & Pct. 4 of Wd. 4 of Lynn.
-3rd Middlesex State Rep. District, Rep. Kate Hogan (D):  Bolton, Hudson, Maynard, and Stow
-13th Norfolk State Rep. District, open seat:  Dover, Needham, and Pcts. 1 & 2 of Medfield.




                                             MEDICAL MARIJUANA   (Version 1)
"Shall the State Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow patients, with their doctor's written recommendation, to possess, grow and purchase marijuana for medical use?"
Will be on the ballot in the following districts:


-1st Hampden State Representative District, Rep. Todd Smola (R):  Brimfield, Holland, Palmer, Wales, Sturbridge, Warren, and Precincts B & C in Ware. 
- 18th Worcester State Rep District, Rep. Jennifer Callahan (D):  Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville, and Pcts. 1, 2, & 4 of Uxbridge and Pcts. 1 & 2 of Sutton.
-9th Norfolk State Rep District, Rep. Richard Ross (R):  Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham, and Pcts. 3 & 4 of Medfield, Pct. 1 of Millis, and Pct. 5 of Walpole.
-14th Bristol State Rep. District, Rep. Elizabeth Porrier (R):  North Attleboro, and Pct. B, Ward. 3 of Attleboro, Pcts. 2 & 5 of Mansfield, and Pct. 2 of Norton.
-13th Worcester State Rep. District, Rep.  Robert Spellane (D):  Paxton, and Wd. 9, Pcts. 1,2,3,&4 of Wd. 1, & Pct. 3 of Wd. 10 of Worcester.
-2nd Bristol State Rep. District, Rep. Bill Bowles (D):  Wds. 1,2,4,5,6, & Pct. A, Wd. 3 of Attleboro

                                              MEDICAL MARIJUANA   (Version 2)
“Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow patients with their doctor’s recommendation, or such patient’s registered caregiver, to possess and grow marijuana for the patient’s medical use.
Will be on the ballot in the following districts:

-2nd Plymouth State Rep. District, Rep. Susan Gifford (R):  Carver, Wareham, and Pcts. 1, 2, & 3 of Bourne.
3rd Plymouth State Rep. District, Rep. Garrett Bradley (D):  Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, and Pct. 3 of Scituate.
15th Suffolk State Rep. District, Rep. Jeffery Sanchez (D) (co-chair of Public Health Committee):  Pcts. 1,2, 3,5,6,7,8, & 9 of Wd. 10 & Pct. 6 of Wd. 11 & Pcts. 1,2,3,4,5,8, & 9 of Wd. 19 & Pcts. 1,2,& 4 of Wd. 20.  



                              Ballot Numbers by Town or City (73 municipalities total):
4-  Amherst
4-  Attleboro
4-  Aquinnah
4-  Belchertown
4-  Bellingham
4-  Blackstone
4-  Bolton
6-  Boston
5-  Bourne
4-  Brookline   (except Pct. 5 where it is Question 7)
5-  Carver
5-  Chesterfield
4-  Chilmark
4-  Cohasset
5-  Conway
5-  Deerfield
4-  Dover
4-  Edgartown
5-  Falmouth
5-  Goshen
5-  Gosnold
5-  Granby
5-  Hingham
4-  Holland
5-  Hudson
5-  Hull
5-  Leverett
5-  Lincoln
4-  Lynn
4-  Mansfield
4-  Marblehead
4-  Maynard
4-  Medfield
4-  Millis
4-  Millville
5-  Montague
4-  Nantucket
4-  Needham
5-  New Salem
4-  Newton
4-  Norfolk
4-  North Attleboro
4-  Norton
4-  Oak Bluffs
5-  Palmer
5-  Paxton
5-  Pelham
4-  Plainville
4-  Salem
5-  Scituate
5-  Shutesbury
4-  Stow
4-  Sturbridge
5-  Sudbury
6-  Sunderland
4-  Sutton
4-  Swampscott
4-  Tisbury
4-  Uxbridge
4-  Wales
4-  Walpole
4-  Ware
5-  Wareham
5-  Wayland
4-  Wellesley
5-  Wendell
4-  West Tisbury
6-  Whately
5-  Williamsburg
5-  Worcester
5-  Worthington
4-  Wrentham
 
John Leonard
toomuchfun33@hotmail.com

Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts 
www.dpfmass.org

                                                                                    
                                                                                 
                                                                                     

                                                                                    

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