Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts


 

Massachusetts State Legislation

The most direct way to affect change is to contact your representatives. Constituents need to let their elected officials know when there is legislation they want to support, as well as legislation that want to see blocked.

DPFMA provides updates and information on current Massachusetts drug policy-related legislation.

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See what drug policy-related bills are currently in front of the Massachusetts Legislature.

To find your State Representative and Senator, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth' Elections Division Website.

To learn more about what the current Massachusetts Legislature is doing visit the Massachusetts General Court Website.

Other Drug Policy Issues in the 2005-2006 Massachusetts Legislative Session

DPFMA is supporting its policy partners on bills relating to Mandatory Minimum Sentencing, Syringe Access, Parity for Drug Treatment Services, Increased Funds for Addiction Treatment Services and CORI Reform.

DPFMA will continue to monitor all legislation — reform minded or not — dealing with drug policy issues. In the 2005-2006 Massachusetts General Court Legislative Session there are over 250 such bills.

DPFMA Sponsored Legislation in the 2005-2006 Massachusetts General Court

Bill Summaries

Medical Marijuana 

Marijuana Decriminalization 

Diversion from Jail to Treatment 

 

Official Bill Text

Medical Marijuana - Senate Version

Medical Marijuana - House Version

Marijuana Decriminalization - Senate Version

Marijuana Decriminalization - House Version

Diversion from Jail to Treatment


Legislative Fact Sheets

Medical Marijuana

Marijuana Decriminalization

Diversion from Jail to Treatment 


Testimony by DPFMA

Marijuana Decriminalization

Medical Marijuana

Diversion from Jail to Treatment

Treatment on Demand

Asset Forfeiture

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reform

Selected reform based Massachusetts state legislation for the 2003-2004 session

Asset Forfeiture

Mandatory Minimums

Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Sentencing Guidelines

Syringe Access

Treatment

 
Fact
In 2002, the Bush administration spent more than $18.822 billion on the "War on Drugs."

Fact
The United States has locked up nearly a half a million people for non-violent drug offenses. We now have the largest prison population in the world.

Fact
In 2000, Massachusetts had the highest reported rate of illegal drug use in the nation. In 2001, there were over 14,000 adult drug arrests in Massachusetts, of which nearly 75% were for possession.

Fact
In 1999, minorities, who use & sell drugs at similar or lower rates than whites and who represent less than 20% of the state population, made up 54% of all state drug convictions, 80% of all mandatory drug convictions, and in Suffolk County, 89% of all school-zone convictions (imposing a mandatory minimum sentence of two years).

Fact
Research shows that decriminalizing marijuana in Massachusetts would save the state at least $24.3 million in law enforcement resources and would not lead to an increase in marijuana use.

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