Letter to the editor,
Remember the guiding motto we all grew up with, "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time"? It represented a time when we held people accountable, and by doing so maintained the rule of law. But that was then, and this is now.
Today Massachusetts loses 6 people a day to drug overdose while our state government turns a blind eye to the foreign national drug traffickers in the spirit of being welcome to all.
Further adding to the state of lawlessness, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission now offers a "Social Equity" program for criminals seeking pot industry state licensing. What could possibly go wrong? To be eligible applicants must have "a prior drug conviction, or be married to or the child of a person with a drug conviction".
It appears the state sees it as a form of reparation for those held accountable for their drug crimes. I see it as further evidence our state government has become radicalized.
We have lost our way, and tragically people pay for it daily with their lives.