Pubdate: Fri, 29 Jul 2005
Source: North Andover Citizen (MA)
Copyright: 2005 North Andover Citizen
Author:  Steven S. Epstein


To the editor:

"Time for serious talk about pot," was an excellent editorial, except for 
the understatement of marijuana arrests in Massachusetts attributed to the 
Criminal Justice Policy Coalition. The National Organization for the Reform 
of Marijuana Laws has tracked this issue for the years 1995 to 2002 and 
found 7,626  marijuana possession cases in 2002, of which 1,816 were 
juveniles. If  the news from the federal agency is correct, our police must 
be looking the  other way very often, perhaps because they agree with most 
voters that arrest  and criminal prosecution is too harsh.

Steven S.  Epstein, Esq.

Massachusetts  Cannabis Reform Coalition/ NORML Georgetown 
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