Sunday, September 21, 2008

Decriminalization campaign announces prominent endorsers‏

National Alert Header Marijuana Policy Project Alert September 16, 2008

Yesterday, the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy (CSMP) released a list of prominent endorsers of the marijuana decriminalization initiative that will appear on Massachusetts' November 4 ballot — including a former first attorney general, legislators, and public health experts.

Would you please consider donating $10 or more today to CSMP today so the campaign has the resources to keep this momentum going?

Prominent endorsers of the initiative announced yesterday include:

  • Tom Kiley, Massachusetts' first assistant attorney general
  • Sergeant Howard Donohue, a 33-year veteran of the Boston Police Department
  • Lieutenant Thomas W. Nolan, a 30-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, now a professor at Boston University
  • Dr. Robert Meenan, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health
  • Lester Grinspoon, M.D., associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
  • Jeffrey Miron, Ph.D, senior lecturer in the Harvard University Department of Economics
  • Massachusetts state Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D), chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs and vice-chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight
  • Massachusetts state Rep. Frank Smizik (D), chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
  • John H. Halpern, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
  • Charles Barron, professor at Boston College School of Law
  • ACLU of Massachusetts
  • the Union of Minority Neighborhoods

Meanwhile, the opposition, which is composed of the usual suspects — district attorneys, sheriffs, and police chiefs — has made a cornerstone of its opposition the allegation that the initiative is somehow outside of the mainstream ... which these endorsements belie.

There are only seven weeks left to go until Election Day — when Massachusetts voters will have the chance to remove the threat of arrest or jail for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana, replacing it with a $100 fine — and your help is needed for this final stretch.

Would you please consider donating $10 or more today to the campaign to help push it to victory?

As always, thank you for anything you can do to help.

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Rob Kampia
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The opposers are community leaders from the Boston and other city neighborhoods that will be affected when pot is even more available to young people. Shame on these supporters.