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Summary of Question 2
This proposed law would replace the criminal penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana with a new system of civil penalties, to be enforced by issuing citations, and would exclude information regarding this civil offense from the state's criminal record information system. Offenders age 18 or older would be subject to forfeiture of the marijuana plus a civil penalty of $100. Offenders under the age of 18 would be subject to the same forfeiture and, if they complete a drug awareness program within one year of the offense, the same $100 penalty. Offenders under 18 and their parents or legal guardian would be notified of the offense and the option for the offender to complete a drug awareness program developed by the state Department of Youth Services. Such programs would include ten hours of community service and at least four hours of instruction or group discussion concerning the use and abuse of marijuana and other drugs and emphasizing early detection and prevention of substance abuse. The penalty for offenders under 18 who fail to complete such a program within one year could be increased to as much as $1,000, unless the offender showed an inability to pay, an inability to participate in such a program, or the unavailability of such a program. Such an offender's parents could also be held liable for the increased penalty. Failure by an offender under 17 to complete such a program could also be a basis for a delinquency proceeding. The proposed law would define possession of one ounce or less of marijuana as including possession of one ounce or less of tetrahydrocannibinol ("THC"), or having metabolized products of marijuana or THC in one's body. Under the proposed law, possessing an ounce or less of marijuana could not be grounds for state or local government entities imposing any other penalty, sanction, or disqualification, such as denying student financial aid, public housing, public financial assistance including unemployment benefits, the right to operate a motor vehicle, or the opportunity to serve as a foster or adoptive parent. The proposed law would allow local ordinances or bylaws that prohibit the public use of marijuana, and would not affect existing laws, practices, or policies concerning operating a motor vehicle or taking other actions while under the influence of marijuana, unlawful possession of prescription forms of marijuana, or selling, manufacturing, or trafficking in marijuana. The money received from the new civil penalties would go to the city or town where the offense occurred.

Question 2: Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives before May 6, 2008?

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County Blank Votes Total Votes Cast
Barnstable More »
 
84,528
44,847
4,225
133,600
Berkshire More »
 
37,109
27,394
2,090
66,593
Bristol More »
 
140,934
93,263
11,715
245,912
Dukes More »
 
7,815
2,181
613
10,609
Essex More »
 
218,437
126,533
11,101
356,071
Franklin More »
 
26,621
11,497
756
38,874
Hampden More »
 
119,655
70,707
8,751
199,113
Hampshire More »
 
56,156
22,240
1,642
80,038
Middlesex More »
 
476,457
230,981
23,052
730,490
Nantucket More »
 
4,523
1,351
207
6,081
Norfolk More »
 
217,409
119,239
10,706
347,354
Plymouth More »
 
155,637
89,482
6,420
251,539
Suffolk More »
 
173,152
75,477
22,044
270,673
Worcester More »
 
231,271
123,331
11,446
366,048
Totals 1,949,704 1,038,523 114,768 3,102,995