Monday, December 27, 2010

“I never thought I would spend so much time on grass,”~ Jeffrey Sánchez

 Jeffrey Sánchez
Bill Downing of the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann), and a Reading resident, said that public policy questions about reforming marijuana laws were on ballots in 18 districts throughout the state Nov. 2.

MassCann was not able to publicize the question because, “We are grassroots. We have no money,” Downing said.

He said that the JP measure, which calls on state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez to support the legalization of marijuana for medical uses, is intended specifically to influence Sánchez, who heads the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health.

“It’s the best damn poll you could ever get,” Downing said of the question, because of the large sample size and because it tracks the opinions of actual voters.

It passed with 66 percent support in JP. Sánchez won reelection, unopposed on the same ballot after beating a pro-medical-marijuana opponent, Jeffrey Herman, in a primary battle in September by a margin of 81 percent to 19 percent. During the primary campaign, Sánchez said he does not oppose medical marijuana, but he is not in favor of state policy that contradicts federal policy on the issue.

“I never thought I would spend so much time on grass,” Sánchez told the Gazette in a recent phone interview, commenting on the ongoing dialogue about the issue.

Downing said MassCann also hopes to use the positive voter response to secure funders for a campaign to get a binding medical marijuana question on the 2012 ballot.

FROM: Extra questions surprise JP voters

By David Taber November 19, 2010

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