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Terry Franklin: Move forward on psychedelic drug legislation


Thursday, July 14, 2022

On June 24 I attended the event sponsored by the UMass library honoring the life of Lester Grinspoon on what would have been his 94th birthday. Grinspoon was a professor at Harvard Medical School, and a world renowned advocate for drug policy reform.

Later that day I ran across a table run by young activists who were collecting signatures, asking for ending the prohibition of psychedelic drugs. I signed.

In view of the Gazette’s article in which some members of Town Council were concerned that some signers were not aware their representatives would be contacted, I want to say that it was clear, both in the verbal pitch and in the wording of the “petition” that names were to sent to legislators. It may be true that not everyone reads everything they sign, but if anyone felt deceived in any way, I’m sure the percentage was very small.

This is an important cause with widespread public support, and it is heartening to see young people working hard to bring it to the attention of legislators, both locally and at the state level. I urge those legislators to move forward.

Terry Franklin

Amherst