Barney Frank did what he does best Monday afternoon: He talked courageously about an issue that makes most politicians crawl under the table.

Frank, at a late afternoon talk at Gallery X in downtown New Bedford, was absent the usual accompaniment of local mayors and legislative delegation members.

The same folks who fall over each other to piggy-back on Frank’s usual SouthCoast appearances were gone this time. Because Barney Frank was in New Bedford to talk about the need for the United States of America to end the hypocrisy of marijuana being illegal.

Frank, along with Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, in June sponsored federal legislation that would legalize marijuana, allowing each of the 50 states to develop their own rules for the use of marijuana within their borders.

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The Standard Times (New Bedford), Sept. 13, 2011