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List of Massachusetts Ballot Question 2 (2008) supporters

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Supporters of the Massachusetts Sensible Marijuana Policy Initiative (2008) (Question 2 on the ballot) include:[1]


  • National Association of Social Workers -- Massachusetts Chapter
  • Greater Boston Civil Rights Coalition
  • Criminal Justice Policy Coalition
  • American Civil Liberties Union — National
  • American Civil Liberties Union — Massachusetts chapter
  • Marijuana policy project
  • Brookline Police Department
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition, Inc.
  • Union of Minority Neighborhoods
  • The Boston Worker’s Alliance
  • Law Enforcement Against Prohibition


  • Ronald Ansin, ACLU, philanthropist
  • Charles H. Baron, Esq., Boston College School of Law
  • Jack Cole, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
  • Michael D. Cutler, Esq.
  • Richard Elliott Doblin, PhD, MAPS
  • Sergeant Howard Donahue, a 33-year veteran of the Boston Police Department
  • Lester Grinspoon, M.D., associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
  • John H. Halpern, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
  • Massachusetts state Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D-Second Middlesex), chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs and Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight
  • Wendy Kaminer, Esq., ACLU, author, journalist
  • Woody Kaplan, ACLU, philanthropist
  • Lieutenant Mark F. Gillespie MBTA
  • Thomas R. Kiley, Esq., Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley
  • Karen Klein, Brandeis University, Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform
  • Lanny Kutakoff, Partakers, Inc.
  • Dr. Robert Meenan, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health
  • Lieutenant Thomas Nolan, a 30-year veteran of the Boston Police Department who now teaches criminology at Boston University
  • Massachusetts state Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Fifteenth Norfolk), chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
  • Carl Valvo, Esq., Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley
  • Ernest “Tony” Windsor, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
  • George Soros, Hedge Fund Manager
  • Steven Epstein, Georgetown Lawyer and Founder of Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition
  • Massachusetts State Rep. Jim O’Day (D-fourteenth Worcester)[2]
  • Charles R. Nesson, professor at Harvard Law School
  • Jeffrey A. Miron, professor of economics, Harvard

Religious leaders

  • Rev. Jean Alexander, Auburndale
  • Rabbi Alan Alpert, Leominster
  • Rev. Molly Baskette, Somerville
  • Father Richard Beaulieu, Winchester
  • Rev. Jim Bronwell, Barre
  • Rev. Suzanne Brunnquell, Pittsfield
  • Rev. Sarah Buteux, Amherst
  • Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull, Cohasset
  • Rev. Thomas Carlton, Ludlow
  • Rev. Stephen Cook
  • Father Richard Crowley, Middleboro
  • Rev. C. Edward Deyton, Andover
  • Father Thomas Dilorenzo, Winthrop
  • Rev. Jonathan Drury, Andover
  • Rev. Leigh Dry, Hopkinton
  • Rev. Kathrene Duhon, Great Barrington
  • Rev. Lisa Durkee Abbott, West Brookfield
  • Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson, Billerica
  • Rev. Marc Fredette, Waltham
  • Rev. Tamarack Garlow, Ashley Falls
  • Rev. John Gibbons, Bedford
  • Rev. Jamie Green, West Groton
  • Rev. Edward Hardy, Abington
  • Rev. William Hobbs, Athol
  • Rev. Dr. Anne Ierardi, Yarmouthport
  • Ms. Marion Jansen, Great Barrington
  • Rev. David Johnson, Plymouth
  • Rev. Bill Leggett, Milford
  • Father John Lis, Williamsburg
  • Rev. Jeffrey Long-Middleton, Acton
  • Rev. Ian Lynch, Brimfield
  • Rev. Art McDonald, Essex
  • Rabbi Richard Messing, North Easton
  • Rev. Stephen Philbrick, Cummington
  • Rev. Susie Phoenix, Lee
  • Rev. Katherine Reis, Rockport
  • Rev. Edmund Robinson, Chatham
  • Rev. Ken Sawyer, Wayland
  • Rev. Dr. Victor Scalise, Somerville
  • Rev. Warren Scamman, Windsor
  • Rev. Richard Schlak, Foxboro
  • Rev. Stephen Shick, Hudson
  • Rev. Judith Smith-Valley, Brewster
  • Rev. Paul Sprecher, Hingham
  • Rev. C. William Steelman, Nantucket
  • Rev. Rachel Tedesco, Taunton
  • Rev. Jonathan Tetherly, Chicopee
  • Rev. Patricia Tummino, Middleboro
  • Rabbi Andrew Vogel, Brookline
  • Rev. Vicki Woods, Worcester
  • Rev. Dr. Judith Wright, Boylston

Newspaper editorial boards

  • The Daily Free Press
  • The Bay State Banner
  • The Harvard Crimson
  • The Newton TAB
  • The Milford Daily News
  • The Springfield Republican
  • The Metrowest Daily News
  • The Daily News Tribune
  • The Brookline TAB
  • The Fall River Herald News
  • The Danvers Herald
  • MIT Tech