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Warren Tolman Stakes out a Decrim Position On Marijuana for Massachusetts (english)
10 Sep 2002
Modified: 13 Sep 2002
Mr. Tolman decryed the burden that small time marijuana busts are placing on the criminal justice system in Massachusetts.
" We are spending resourses that should be spent removing violent criminals from our streets.
Warren Tolman Stakes out a Decrim Position On Marijuana for Massachusetts.

By Lloyd Hart


Today in a conversation with Warren Tolman on WGBH"s Cape and Islands talk show the Point hosted by Mindi Todd I asked Mr. Tolman where he stood on the issue of Medical Cannabis. "I support the use medical marijuana even more so than the other candidates and for the use in treating glacoma." But Mr. Tolman did not stop there, he went on to put his support for the decriminalization of Cannabis on the table.

Mr. Tolman decryed the huge burden that small time marijuana busts are placing on the criminal justice system in Massachusetts. " We are spending the resourses that should be spent removing violent criminals from our streets."

Thousands of college students lose their finacial aid for small cannabis busts every year throughout the US and especially hear in Massachusetts where great part of our economy is entrenched in higher education. These small time busts are effectively ruining these students lives.

Every year there are 500,000 incarcerations in the US as a result of harsh sentencing rules in many states and on the federal level.

Mr. Tolman has realized that there is a constituancy in Massachusetts that is suffering undue hard ships as a result of backwards laws that need reform. Warren Tolman is a Democrat running for governor of the state of Massachusetts against StateTreasurer Shannon O'Brien, Former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration Robert Reich and State Senator Thomas Burmingham.
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Marijuana as medicine to the economy (english)
13 Sep 2002
It's more than just that. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is broke. Flat broke. Cuts to every social service agency have been made last year, this year, with more hacks & slashes to come for next.
Add to this the increases in Workers Comp, liability insurance, other mandatory charges, plus the meltdown in the economy, upcoming crashes in the stock market, real estate market, and the effects of these combinations will be felt throughout the State with many suffering like no other time since the great Depression (still horrifying the memory banks of our elderly population).

And yet the government still has their assembly-line "crime and punishment" mentality toward marijuana users. Despite every effort to wipe pot smokers off the face of the map (even to the new Bush mentality of calling them "terrorists") the fact remains that it is a product used by many who prefer it to alcohol.

If I were running for election, I would propose that marijuana be sold by the government to people who agreed to use the product responsibly. The high excise taxes would still make it less expensive than sale through the underground economy. However, the taxes generated through this means would be earmarked to help the elderly buy prescription medications, and to improve the quality of our Veterans' Hospitals.