MassCann/NORML’s Written Testimony submitted to the Judiciary Committee of the 184th General Court

Regulation and Taxation hearing wrap up 




Commonwealth v. Richard Cusick and Russell K. Stroup
Massachusetts Appeals Court
Docket No. 2008-P-1410
On Appeal From Judgment of the Boston Municipal Court

Issues: Constitutionality of Prohibition and Jury Instructions


Written Testimony of MassCann to the Judiciary Committee against gutting Question 2, July 14, 2009

Written Testimony submitted to the Judiciary Committee on S 1739, July 14, 2009

VIDEO Judiciary Committee hearing July 14, 2009

Video from the Committee on Public Health hearing on H 2160 held May 19, 2009:

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Hearing Video Part 1
Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Hearing Video Part 2, MS Patient
Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Hearing Part 3
(Marci Duda, Grandmother & Medical User)

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Hearing Part 4, MassCann/NORML President
Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Hearing Part 5: John Madfis, Son Has Crohns

NORML “White Papers”:
Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis
Cannabis and Driving: A Scientifc and Rational Review
Cannabis Smoke and Cancer: Assessing the Risk
  Cannabis, Mental Health and Context


[California] State Board of Equalization, Staff Legislative Bill Analysis (AB 390),  July 15, 2009

“The Consequences and Costs of Marijuana Prohibition,” Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert, Law, Societies and Justice Program, University of Washington, 2009

“Marijuana legalization could yield California taxpayers over $1.2 billion per year,” Dale Gieringer, Ph.D., updated February 2009  

“The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Decriminalization and Legalization for Hawai’i,” Lawrence W. Boyd, Ph.D., University of Hawai’i West Oahu

“The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition,” Jeffrey A. Miron, Harvard University, 2005
“The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Legalization in Massachusetts,”
Jeffrey A. Miron, Boston University, 2003

“The economics of drug prohibition and drug legalization,” Jeffrey A. Miron, Social Research, Fall 2001

“Potential tax revenue from a regulated marijuana market: a meaningful revenue source,” Michael R. Caputo and Brian J. Ostrom, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, October, 1994

“Revenues from legalization,” Dale Gieringer, Ph.D., June 1994

“Economics of Cannabis Legalization,” Dale Gieringer, Ph.D., 1994




“The Epidemic of Pot Arrests in New York City, Harry G. Levine, AlterNet, August 10, 2009

“Legalizing Federal Crime: The Example of State Medical Marijuana Laws,” Robert A. Mikos, Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 08-05  

Marijuana Legalization Could Yield California Taxpayers Over #$1.2 Billion Per Year,” Dale Gieringer, Ph.D., California NORML Report, February, 2009

Talking About Legalization: Parts I and II, Rachel Godrey Wood, Council on Hemispheric Affairs, 2009

“Drug Decriminalization in Portugal,” Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies, Glenn Greenwald, Cato Institute, 2009

“Foros Para la Regulación de Cannabis en México,” April, 2009 (in Spanish)

“Time to Legalize Marijuana? 500+ Economists Endorse Marijuana Legalization,” Mike Moffatt,,  2009 (?)

“Commentary: Legalize drugs to stop violence,” Jeffrey A. Miron,, March 24, 2009

“How to stop the drug wars,” The Economist, March 5, 2009

“Drugs & Democracy: Toward a Paradigm Shift,” Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, February, 2009

“The Budgetary Implications of Drug Prohibition,” Jeffrey A. Miron, Department of Economics, Harvard University, December, 2008

“Report urges regulated market for cannabis to replace prohibition,” Duncan Campbell,, October 2, 2008

“All the Experts Admit that We Should Legalise Drugs,” Julian Critchley, The Sunday Independent, August 14, 2008

“Cannabis debate in Australia,”UNGASS 10-year review, June 4, 2008

“On the legalization–or not–of marijuana,” Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics, The New York Times, October 30, 2007After the War on Drugs: Tools for the Debate, Transform Drug Policy Foundation, July 2007

After the War on Drugs: Options for Control, Transform Drug Policy Foundation, February, 2006

“Undesirable Goods, Illegal Trade and Taxation,” Jeremy Bertomeu, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, October 14, 2005 (abstract)

“Legalize It!,” Milton Friedman,, June 2, 2005

“Legalization: An Introduction,” Richard M. Evans, Esq., and Stanley Neustadter, Esq., from Drugs and Society, U.S. Public Policy, 2005

“Should cannabis be taxed and regulated?,” Alex Wodak and Annie Cooney,  Drug and Alcohol Review , Vol. 23 (June 2004)

Reports of the Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, 37th Parliament (Canada), 2001-02

Marijuana Regulation Bibliography , Ethan Nadelmann et al., September 1998

“Optimal Government Policy regarding a Previously Illegal Commodity,” Michael R. Caputo and Brian J. Ostrom, “Undesirable Goods, Illegal Trade and Taxation,” Jeremy Bertomeu, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, October 14, 2005 (abstract) Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 62, No. 3 (Jan, 1996)

Cannabis Law, (Holland) , Mario Lap, 1994

“How Legalization Would Cut Crime,” Steven B. Duke, Los Angeles Times, December 21, 1993

“Legalizing Drugs: Lessons From (and About) Economics,” K.E. Warner, Milbank Quarterly Volume 69 Issue 4, 1991 (abstract)

Marijuana Legalization: The Time is Now,” Douglas McVay, Chapter 7 of The Drug Legalization Debate, edited by James A. Inciardi, 1991.

“Arguments for a Harmfulness Tax.,” Lester Grinspoon and James B. Bakalar, Drug Issues 20(4), 1990