The Massachusetts network of addiction prevention stakeholders has one final shot to advocate for a stay on marijuana home growing that takes effect tomorrow. One of our strongest defenses against youth drug use and addiction is using our voice to advocate and educate for sound drug policies that protect the health and safety of our people and communities. Today, we must speak loudly with a unified message to urge our legislative leaders to protect our communities and neighborhoods from black market drug activity.
Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg acknowledged, “Low-level pot dealers will likely escape law enforcement scrutiny when the cultivation and gifting of marijuana becomes legal on Thursday” (Berkshire Eagle). He publicly stated:
“I suspect it’s not going to be easy to have zero tolerance, even though that should be the law. If somebody happens to walk out of their house with six joints in their pocket, and just happens to bump into somebody who they give the six joints to, and they happen to put $10 on the table, or whatever it is – that may not be easy to ferret out.”
We know from the Colorado experience that the home grow provision in the new Massachusetts marijuana law passed by voters in November, will yield costly consequences for the taxpayers and communities of the Commonwealth. Even Colorado’s Marijuana Coordinator, Andrew Freedman, has publicly stated that their home growing has been their biggest mistake and problem. Freedman said this at an Edward M. Kennedy Institute forum with Jim Braude in September 2016:
“I would spend the entire time talking about our loose home grow laws and say that was the single biggest mistake Colorado has made. It’s not our licensees who do literally track every marijuana plant with a radio frequency identifier tag from seed to sale, it’s our very loose home grow laws that have created an incentive to grow inside Colorado and ship to other states.”
To learn about the dangerous home grow activity and push to crackdown in Colorado, read here>>
Find My Legislator
Dear Senator/Representative (insert your legislators’ name here)
We now have a marijuana law on the books which favors marijuana production, use and distribution over drug use and addiction prevention, public health and safety. I strongly urge you to work in the legislature to:
1) Stay and/or rewrite the “home grow” provision which beginning on December 15th allows up to 12 plants per household with no regulation, taxation or oversight, or commit to rewriting this provision as soon as possible.
2) Delay the unrealistic implementation schedule so that lawmakers can put in place a responsible regulatory program before commercial marijuana is sold.
3) Restore home rule to Massachusetts cities and towns regarding marijuana commerce.
4) Amend the law so public health and safety and addiction prevention are the guiding principles for this law and drug policy in the Commonwealth.
(Insert your name here)
Concerned Citizen of the Commonwealth
Be sure to communicate this message to the following three legislative leaders as well:
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg: 617-722-1500
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500
Governor Charlie Baker’s Office: 617.725.4005
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PLEASE FORWARD THIS NOTICE TO THOSE IN YOUR NETWORK AND URGE THEM TO JOIN IN TAKING THIS NEEDED ACTION.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE MASSACHUSETTS MARIJUANA LAW
Thank you for taking action on this very important drug policy issue in Massachusetts and thank you for doing your part in protecting youth, families and communities from drug use and addiction.