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Appeal to Concerned Actonites, participation in outreach and lawn sign campaign

#HIGHPRIORITY

 

The Acton Republican Town Committee feels strongly about the detrimental impact of recreational marijuana shops in Acton and is spearheading a promotional effort to inform people and promote the vote for the ban of the shops on Nov. 6th and Dec. 3rd.   As part of that effort, we are soliciting funds to help purchase signs to promote and achieve that end.  It should be noted that while we support the ban on recreational stores, we also welcome medicinal marijuana establishments – but, only as long as they remain solely medicinal.    

    

Accordingly, here is a brief recap of where we stand to date.

 

In 2016, Massachusetts voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana.  A year later, a five person Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) was established by the state and charged with regulating the marijuana industry in the Commonwealth.  As of July 2018, retail sales from licensed dealers are now officially legal.

 

However, during this 2 year period, more than 80 towns have enacted an outright ban on recreational marijuana shops.  Another 160 have some sort of moratorium in place.  Acton is one of those towns. 

 

But moratoriums are temporary and to effectively opt out, a ballot vote (Nov. 6th) and a town meeting vote (Dec. 3rd) are needed with a 50% plus 1 vote affirming the permanent ‘opt out’.

 

And why would Acton want to do this?

 

While there are many studies both pro and con regarding marijuana usage, the details of this “growth” industry and its rollout in Massachusetts are more troubling.

 

Specifically, while the legal age to buy is 21, the myriad of products to be offered often resemble the snack aisle in a supermarket, ranging from brownies to cookies to candies, all of which would certainly entice and endanger a child.  Furthermore, while retail establishments are required to test their products to determine the level of THC, no testing facility yet exists, nor has an application for one been filed.

 

Because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, federally insured banks are leery about financing and/or accepting deposits from MRBs (marijuana related businesses).  This will force pot shops to be cash only businesses, creating a tempting lure for criminals.

 

Recently, the CCC has started a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” PSA campaign.   While a commendable message, the fact is that Massachusetts has not yet set a threshold for a legal level of pot in the blood system, as some states with legalized marijuana have done.  Any combination of impaired driving along with the all too prevalent distracted driving (texting) spells carnage on our roads.

 

Acton can and should make the vote to ban recreational marijuana shops a priority.  Won’t you support this effort?  Please contribute to the Acton Republican Town Committee and put #highpriority on your check to have your voice heard.

 

Your contributions to this lawn sign promotion can be made to the Acton Republican Town Committee, PO Box 2015, Acton MA 01720.

 

Thank you.

PS: Please advise us if you would like to display a lawn sign!

 

Acton Republican Town Committee

 

Dave Lunger, Chairman

Tom Beals, Vice Chairman

Mike Majors, Treasurer

Jack Mahoney, Secretary (Bill Beebee, Acting Secretary)

 

White paper on "recreational" marijuana in Acton

Author: Tom Beals

Version: 1.0

ARTC on the retail marijuana ban

On November 6, 2018, Acton voters will be asked whether to ban the retail sale of marijuana in the town. The Acton Republican Town Committee (the ARTC) supports the ban.

In doing so, we are mindful that we are advocating to diminish our neighbors’ ability to participate in a market of their choosing. We advocate for free markets in general, so this exception impels us to be explicit in our reasoning.

Acton RTC Statement on Kelley's Corner Infrastructure Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact:  Dave Lunger, Chair

                                                                                                                Phone: 781 -775 -9922

                                                                                                                Email:actonrepubs@gmail.com

                                Kelley’s Corner

Acton RTC urges changes to Kelley’s Corner infrastructure plan

 

Acton, MA, July 7, 2018 – The Acton Republican Town Committee urges the MassDOT to consider modifications to its infrastructure plans for Kelley’s Corner. As a deeply divisive issue (it has failed recent Town Meeting votes), changes to the plan can and should be considered to increase consensus to improve the end result and the satisfaction that goes with it.

The following are the critical goals of the ARTC.  These objectives are shared by most Actonians:

  • Preserving town character, especially venerating our stately old-growth trees along Route 111, west of Kelley’s corner.
  • A Primarily residential Acton must maintain existing and promote new thriving and tax-paying businesses; certainly not discourage the business community with business-terminating takings.
    • If current business parking footprints are needed, then plan for replacement rather than elimination (for example, behind these businesses); and,
    • Further evaluation of the road alignment could be performed to assess if these business parking takings can be reduced or eliminated.
  • Supporting changes to Kelley’s to be driven and guided by trusted private sector entrepreneurism
  • Efficiency improvements of traffic flow, but not at the expense of pedestrian safety. For example, finding alternatives to turning lanes, such as finding alternatives to the northbound approach to Rt27 where there is a proposed turning lane onto Rt111.

 

In our view, the current infrastructure plan does not address sufficiently the above critical goals. However, we would rather see modifications to the current plan to address them, rather than starting anew. Doing so will increase the support throughout our small-town community with a better end result.

 

If you would like more information about this statement, please contact Dave Lunger, Acton RTC Chair, at 781-775-9922/davelunger@verizon.net

 

Caucus results selecting delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts GOP Convention

The Acton Republican Town Committee congratulates delegates upon their selection at the caucus held at the Bellows Farm Clubhouse on February 21. Delegates will represent all Acton Republicans at the Massachusetts GOP convention at the Worcester DCU Center on April 28, 2018 as part of the process selecting which candidates appear on the Republican primary ballot in the September 4, 2018 election.

The delegates are:

Bill Beebee

Anping Liu

Jim Conboy

Carol Mahoney

Beth Farley

John Norton

Tom Farley

Scott Smyers

Kristen Koehler

Siby Alakkatt

Jack Mahoney, secretary

Mike Majors, treasurer

Tom Beals, vice-chair

Dave Lunger, chairman

 

 

 

 

The Acton Republican Town Committee meets the third Wednesday of the month. Our meetings are open to all individuals interested in furthering the principles of limited government and individual liberty. For more information, see www.ActonRepublicans.org.

 

Meeting to Elect Delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts GOP Convention

TO:  Friends of the Acton RTC

From: Dave Lunger, Chairman of the Acton Republican Town Committee

Date:  February 11, 2018

Subject Matter:  Meeting to Elect Delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts GOP Convention

I am writing to invite you to participate in this year’s Town Caucus and/or the Republican State Convention.

Consider this your official notification of our meeting to elect delegates to the 2018 MA GOP Convention to be held April 28th in Worcester. We have been allocated spaces for 13 delegates. Unlike the 2014 convention, there will be no alternate delegates this time.

We will be holding the official meeting to elect delegates from our town on Wednesday, February 21st.  The meeting will start at 7pm at the Bellows Farm Clubhouse, 111 Davis Road, Acton MA.

Official members of our Republican Town Committee are the only eligible caucus voters, however any Republican can run for a delegate spot, if registered as a Republican as of December 31, 2017. If this meeting is postponed due to weather emergency, the snow date is Wednesday, February 27th, 7pm at 5 Wampanoag Drive, Acton MA.

If you are interested in putting your name forward as a potential delegate, be sure to do one of the following:

  1. Contact me at 781-775-9922 or davelunger@verizon.net to announce your intentions, or
  2. Attend the Acton RTC Caucus on February 21, 2018 at the Bellows Farm Clubhouse.

If you cannot attend the Caucus, but would like to be a delegate, you must make your intentions known to me in advance, so we can put your name on the ballot. Otherwise, please attend the meeting.

Please feel free to call/e-mail me with any questions.

Thank you

 

Meet Geoff Diehl

If you are willing and would like to bring a food dish, please indicate that when RSVP'ing. Thanks!

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