, Newburyport, MA

November 13, 2012

Voters backed repeal of marijuana prohibition

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

The Election Day poll of the 142,652 voters in the 8th Essex House, 22nd Middlesex House and the First Essex and Middlesex Senate District found slightly over 54 percent want Congress to repeal the federal prohibition of marijuana (“Non-binding questions win voter support, but little else,” Nov. 9). While only 32.5 percent opposed repeal and some 13 percent had no opinion or refused to answer by blanking the ballot, slightly over 60 percent of the same voters favored Question 3, while slightly less than 36 percent opposed it and only 4 percent blanked the ballot.

These numbers demonstrate that the voters of the Sixth Congressional District and by reasonable inference all Massachusetts reject the prohibition that never should have been. They also suggest three questions.

The first is will Rep. Lombardo (R-22nd Middlesex), Rep. Ehrlich (D-8th Essex) and Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-First Essex and Middlesex) and the eight representatives, locally Rep. Lenny Mirra, with whom Sen. Tarr shares at least one precinct, sponsor the resolution and work to get it passed by both chambers of the General Court? Senator Tarr would do well to take a closer look at the numbers before dismissing the will of his constituents as he did in your story.

The second is will Mr. Tierney, who squeaked by with a plurality of the vote, become a sponsor in the next session of Congress of legislation that will end the prohibition? I’ve already asked him yet again and await his reply.

The third is will the General Court and the governor get out front on ending the prohibition here in Massachusetts by passing legislation establishing Constitutional Cannabis Control before the people do it for ourselves, as we did with Question 2 in 2008 and Question 3 this year?

Steven S. Epstein