Updated March 3, 2011

Unfortunately, these may just be the first of what we fear are more bills filed that will increase penalties for cannabis possession, cultivation, possession with intent to distribute and distribution,

Three more bad proposals:

H03147 An Act to provide for a mandatory minimum sentence for the sale of illegal drugs within one thousand feet of an elderly housing project or development
Sponsored by Representative John P. Fresolo (D – Worcester). Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary

H03138 An Act relative to the penalties for Class D controlled substance violations
(increases penalties for cultivating, distributing and trafficking in cannabis)
Sponsored by Representatives John J. Binienda (D- Worcester) and John P. Fresolo (D – Worcester). Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary

H03142 An Act relative to the civil liability of drug dealers
Sponsored by Representatives John J. Binienda (D- Worcester) and John P. Fresolo (D – Worcester). Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

Four more bad proposals:

H01383 An Act relative to the classification of synthetic cannabiniods as Class D controlled substances
Sponsored by Steven M. Walsh (D-Lynn) Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary

H01836 An Act regarding the decriminalization of marijuana and local option
Sponsored by, James M. Murphy (D-Weymouth) Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

H01837  An Act public possession of marijuana in a municipality
Sponsored by, James M. Murphy (D-Weymouth) Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

H00974 An Act to establish a substance screening program within the Department of Transitional Assistance.
Sponsored F. J. Barrows (R-Mansfield), Bradley H. Jones (R-North Reading), Steven L. Levy (R-Marlborough), Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleboro) , Stephen R. Canessa (D-New Bedford), Assigned to the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.

The first ones we found:

H00400 – An Act to create a narcotics offender registry
Sponsored by Representative Atsalis Demetrius, D-Barnstable; Senator Bruce Tarr, R. Gloucester, and, Representative Thomas Golden, D- Lowell. Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

H00477 – An act providing for drug and alcohol free school zones
Sponsored by Representative William Pignatelli, D-Lenox, Representative George Ross, R-Attleboro, and Representative Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams. Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

H00507 – An Act penalizing any offender in possession of marijuana in a school zone.
Sponsored by Representative Todd Smola, D- Palmer. Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

H00508 – An Act to criminalize the operation of a motor vehicle while in possession of marijuana.
Sponsored by Representative Todd Smola, D- Palmer. Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

Found after above posted early morning on Feb 15

H00413 – An Act making drug dealing subject to dangerousness hearing determinations.
Sponsored by Representative Antonio Cabral, D-New Bedford, Stephen Canessa, D-New Bedford, Senator Mark Montigny, D-New Bedford. Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

H00452 – An Act providing for drug free library zones. (1000 feet)
Sponsored by Representative Robert . Koczera, D-New Bedford. Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

H00424 – An Act Relative to Controlled Substances. (Prohibits Salvia and other substances)
Sponsored by Representative Viriato deMacedo, R-Plymouth, Representative Sheila Harrington, R-Groton, Representative Elizabeth Poirier, R-North Attleborough, Representative Bradley Jones, R-North Reading. Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

H00425 – An Act Relative to Controlled Substances. (Prohibits Blunts and Rose Bud Smoking Pipes, Salvia and other substances)
Sponsored by Representative Viriato deMacedo, R-Plymouth, Representative Joyce Spiliotis, D-Peabody, Representative Sheila Harrington, R-Groton, Representative Elizabeth Poirier, R-North Attleborough, Representative Bradley Jones, R-North Reading. Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

H00526 – An Act relative to controlled substances. (Prohibits Blunts and Rose Bud Smoking Pipes, Salvia and other substances)
Sponsored by Representative Daniel Webster, R-Pembroke. Assigned to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

 

As was the case when racial segregation was the law, it is time for America’s legal system to correct itself. Unfortunately, reform voices are muted.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, referring to the Drug War

Don’t You Mute Yours!

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