Pubdate: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 Source: Boston Herald (MA) Copyright: 2015 The Boston Herald, Inc Contact: http://news.bostonherald.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/53 Note: Prints only very short LTEs. THE FINE PRINT ON MARIJUANA Speaking of complicated ballot questions (see above) we now have our first look at the effort to legalize the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Massachusetts and it is, to put it mildly, laughable. The draft law is exhaustive in its scope, stretches to 27 pages - and is all the proof we need that an issue like this should never be dropped in voters' laps. The group Bay State Repeal has submitted a draft of the initiative to Attorney General Maura Healey, a first step in qualifying the question for the ballot in 2016 (if lawmakers don't act first, which it appears they won't). And frankly we'd be surprised if it didn't take a whole team of assistant attorneys general months to sort through, ahem, the weeds. We find particular entertainment in the preamble, which declares existing efforts to stamp out marijuana use to be "unjust, intemperate and profligate of public resources, unwholesome, unreasonable and racially disparate." (Oh, that's all?) Adults, after all, "have the right to seek and obtain their happiness ... " Really, now - how have we waited this long to enshrine "finding our bliss" into the Massachusetts General Laws! The draft makes the unfounded claim that legalization will eliminate the black market for pot - which it hasn't in the states that have done it so far. And so much for the favored argument of potheads everywhere, which is that legalization is a financial boon because states can tax its sale. There's no pot tax here - in fact, this law would repeal the existing tax on medical marjiuana. Bay State Repeal pats itself on the back for the initiative's focus on preventing minors from obtaining marijuana. But read the fine print (which most voters won't). On the penalty side of all this there are enough loopholes to drive a tractor-trailer overflowing with pot through. No voter should go along with this elaborate con.