Sunday, January 4, 2009


Last November, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Getting caught with less than an ounce of pot is now punishable by a civil fine of $100. The state issued guidelines concerning the law and it went into effect on Jan 2.

I remember back when President Nixon established a commission to study marijuana. Their recommendation was to legalize it. He was so mad. Decriminalizing an ounce or less is a great step forward. It's a shame so many states are afraid to take that step. It's more of a shame that at the federal level marijuana is a Schedule I drug meaning:

* The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
* The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
* There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

Sounds a lot like alcohol, doesn't it? Heck, even methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug.

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