Today, at the “Rise of the Senate” (around 4:30pm or so) in room 313 of the State House, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be hearing public testimony and comments on Senate Bill 334, which will create the “Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act.” This legislation, introduced by Senators Nesselbush, Miller and Lombardo would “legalize the possession of less than one ounce or less of marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, and a limited amount of marijuana plants.”
The War on Drugs, universally recognized as a destroyer of lives and families, a waste of government treasure yet a windfall for organized crime and a squandering of police resources, needs to come to an end. Legislation such as this is one means by which to accomplish this.
Protect Families First, a local organization that recognizes the devastating impact the war on drugs has had on families would like to see government regulate marijuana in much the same way as alcohol and tobacco. this would allow the government the opportunity to tax marijuana and direct some of the money currently wasted on prosecution and incarceration on treatment and prevention strategies.
If you think this is an important issue, you might want to be at the State House later today to let your voice be heard.