Barney Frank backs repeal of laws at state’s first Medical Marijuana Expo

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Posted: February 27
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Barney Frank backs repeal of laws at state’s first Medical Marijuana Expo

By David Hench dhench@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. told the state’s first Maine Medical Marijuana Expo on Saturday that current laws against marijuana use are expensive, are applied unevenly and ought to be repealed.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

Maine Sunday Telegram photo by Tim Greenway

“People who make a personal decision to smoke marijuana should not be subject to prosecution,” said Frank, noting that the movement has allies in the libertarian wing of the Republican Party. “This is the kind of fight that’s worth making. It’s winnable.”

The message was well received by an enthusiastic audience of about 100 people, including many vendors set up for the day-long exposition at the Fireside Inn Suites on Riverside Street.

The event included vendors exhibiting the latest in equipment for growing marijuana. Earlier in the day, prominent doctors in the field discussed the therapeutic use of marijuana for a range of debilitating conditions.

State representatives, retired law enforcement and civil libertarians also addressed the group.

Maine approved the use of medical marijuana in 1999, and in 2009 voters approved legalizing dispensaries as one system for giving

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