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Nonbinding Vote Scheduled in Amherst 
Posted by FoM on February 22, 2000 at 08:41:11 PT
By Associated Press
Source: Boston Globe
Voters in this college town will get a chance to vote on legalizing marijuana next month. A coalition has gathered more than 1,892 signatures on petitions to add the nonbinding question to the March 28 town ballot. 
Supporters launched the petition drive after selectmen refused to place the question on the town ballot. Bryan Harvey, who chairs the selectmen, said he didn't object to a vote on legalization, but he opposed a portion of the question that urged police to de-emphasize prosecuting marijuana possession laws. ''We are hoping to inspire people in other communities to take up the fight,'' said Terry Franklin, a spokesman for Citizens for Sensible Marijuana Policy, which led the petition drive. It wouldn't be the first time that Amherst, which is home to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College, has sought to relax marijuana laws. In 1976, the Amherst Town Meeting endorsed the legalization of marijuana. However, the state Legislature took no action on its suggestion. Amherst, Mass. (AP)By Associated Press, 2/22/2000 Copyright 2000 Boston Globe Electronic Publishing, Inc. Related Articles:Column: A More Sensible Drug Policyhttp://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread3162.shtmlGrass Roots Campaignhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread3070.shtml
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Comment #1 posted by Jo Schlagenhauf on February 22, 2000 at 15:58:20 PT:
Legalization of Marijuana
I definitely think it is time that Marijuana was legalized, so that we can put an end to this madness of putting everyone in jail on conspiracy charges (when there are no drugs at all) and when minimal amounts are found. I hope our forthcoming President will be amenable to this and take a more realistic point of view than our Presidents of the recent past.
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