Pubdate: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
Source: North Shore Sunday (Beverly, MA)
Copyright: 2012 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Author: Steven S. Epstein, Esq.
Note: Attorney Steven S. Epstein of Georgetown is a founder of the
Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition and the coordinator of the
Massachusetts Sixth Congressional District Cannabis Club that put
this question on the ballot. He has written many letters and columns
lauding liberty and cannabis.


I write in follow up to my Sitting In column, "Should Congress repeal
pot prohibition?" (North Shore Sunday and,
Oct. 28). On Election Day, the voters in Minority Leader Bruce
Tarr'=C2=80=C2=99s First Essex and Middlesex District, Democrat Lori Ehrl
8th Essex House and Republican Marc Lombardo'=C2=80=C2=99s 22nd Middlesex
all approved of instructing them to vote in favor of a resolution
calling upon Congress to repeal the federal prohibition of marijuana,
so that the states may regulate it as they choose.

The vote was not close. It won 54 percent to 32 percent of all ballots
cast. This could also be reported as a 63 percent to 37 percent victory
for the Commerce Clause and the 10th Amendment among those with an
opinion. Fourteen percent of voters perhaps fatigued by the length
of the binding questions had no opinion.

So now I wonder, will any of the politicians instructed introduce the
resolution? In the 113th Congress, will Mr. Tierney sign on as a sponsor 

with Michael Capuano of the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of

Steven S. Epstein, West Street, Georgetown
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