Politics of pain

By IAN DONNIS  |  January 7, 2006

Rob Kampia, executive director of the Washington, DC–based Marijuana Policy Project, which aggressively lobbied for the Rhode Island law, hailed the vote, saying, “[It] proves yet again that the movement to protect medical-marijuana patients from arrest is unstoppable. Last June, White House drug czar John Walters proclaimed ‘the end of medical marijuana as a political issue’ . . . but he couldn’t have been more wrong. . . . We will continue to roll back the government’s war on the sick and the dying, and the White House drug czar can’t stop us any more than he can make water flow uphill.”

As for Massachusetts, the public seems to be in favor of medical marijuana — all five non-binding medical-marijuana initiatives on ballots across the state in 2004 passed by at least a two-to-one margin. There are two medical-marijuana bills now sitting in committee in both the House and the Senate. And if one of them does wind up on Mitt Romney’s desk, it’s likely the legislature will be pushing to override him as well.

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