Barney’s Frank talk about pot

February 28th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank was honored by pot enthusiasts in Maine Saturday for his advocacy of medical marijuana and an end to the war on weed.

The Newton Democrat was the keynote speaker and the recipient of the first-ever Patients’ Choice Award — a glass trophy in the shape of a marijuana leaf.

“It’s a fight that’s worth fighting, and it’s a fight that is very winnable. Most American people think it’s sensible, and are for it,” an impassioned Frank told a standing-room only crowd at the first Expo Cannabis in Portland on Saturday, according to a recording of the speech obtained by the Herald.

Frank, who is the ranking Democrat on the House’s powerful Financial Services Committee, was feted by the Maine Medical Marijuana Patients Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that’s spent nearly two decades convincing the government that terminally ill people should be allowed to grow, or purchase, medicinal marijuana.

Maine has allowed medical marijuana for 12 years, and the state is now in the process of licensing eight dispensaries.

Center founder Charles Wynott said the group is also working to reduce, and perhaps abolish, penalties for marijuana possession. Wynott presented Frank with the herb-shaped Patient’s Choice Award.

“I just like the man a lot,” Wynott told the Herald. “He’s very straight-forward, and very New England, and he’s the perfect guy to have on our side.”

Visitors to Frank’s offices on Capitol Hill and in the district hoping to see the weed award in the future may be disappointed, however.

“This trophy will stay in

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