The coalition is not taking a position on the question, she said, and is instead trying to educate the public about what its passage would mean, letting people make their own decisions.
Since marijuana was decriminalized, according to Needham officials, more than 80 towns and cities have increased the fine for public consumption.
“It doesn’t make it criminal, it just bumps up the fine,” said Fogg. “One hundred dollars did not feel like it was dissuading people.”
Officials are not trying to block access to medical marijuana, she said. Rather, they are trying to ensure that public spaces stay marijuana free.
“We expect there will be more availability of marijuana for both legitimate medical users, patients, as well as people who are not legitimate,” if the measure wins approval, she said. “If somebody has a card for medical marijuana and is smoking on their property, that is perfectly fine. If they went to the middle of town in the Fourth of July parade, and they were smoking in public, that is an intoxicant, and not appropriate.”
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