Posts written by Ryan McCollum

Ending marijuana prohibition is good for Springfield and Massachusetts: Guest viewpoint

The recent straw vote of the Springfield Regional Chamber supporting the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts adds to the anti-prohibition momentum not just in the Bay State, nor the country, but in North America and beyond.

In Canada, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made marijuana legalization a top priority. In Mexico, the Supreme Court has opened the door to legal adult use. In Uruguay, legislators in 2014 passed the most far-reaching marijuana reform laws in the world.

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Viewpoint: Words matter when it comes to improving relationship between Springfield police and community

I commend Springfield City Councilor Orlando Ramos for taking a public stance about his concern over how victims of crime in Springfield are portrayed by the Springfield Police department.

In that article it was encouraging to hear that Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri is looking to potentially hire a civilian spokesperson, professionally trained in media relations, to handle public relations for the Springfield Police Department.
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