Published On: Wed, Aug 31st, 2016

Citizens Initiative Review panel backs key Yes on 4 message points

Citizens Initiative Review panel backs key Yes on 4 message points

“Key Findings” section of final report draws entirely from Yes on 4 campaign assertions; no opposition claims are included

BOSTON—The Yes on 4 campaign today praised the panelists of the state’s first Citizens Initiative Review (CIR) for including five primary campaign messages in the “Key Findings” section of its report while including no statements, claims or assertions from opponents.

“The panelists had full authority to put any and all information they determined important for voters in the Key Findings section of their report. They included five points from our fact-based arguments and nothing at all from our opponents’ fear-based arguments,” said communications director Jim Borghesani. “This speaks volumes about our campaign’s message to voters, which is that the current marijuana system has failed at every level and that a regulated and taxed system presents a far better approach.”

The Key Findings section—which is the heart of the CIR report—found that the ballot measure backed by Yes on 4 provides “significant control” to local authorities while protecting business and landlord rights; replicates an alcohol beverage regulatory system that works well in the state; proposes a system that is “transparent and accountable;” and prohibits marketing and branding toward children, among other findings.

“These 20 citizens heard arguments from us and our opponents, and they heard from a wide range of policy experts. Their decision to include no claims from our opponents in the Key Findings section sends the unmistakable message that they found no credibility in the regressive, fear-based campaign our opponents are waging,” Borghesani said.

The Yes on 4 campaign and its opponents spent three days presenting to the panelists and answering questions. Borghesani praised state Rep. Jonathan Hecht, Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life, and other CIR organizers for putting together a “thorough, well-structured process to investigate all components of the initiative and present voters with a short and clear guide” for making a decision.

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