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YOUR TURN: Medical Marijuana—Good for Mass?

Voters this fall will decide whether to grant doctors, patients and other care-givers the right to provide medical marijuana. What do you think?

The states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Washington, D.C., all allow medical marijuana to varying degrees—but is it right for Massachusetts?

That's the question state voters will decide this fall, when they consider “A Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana,” the first of three questions on the ballot this year.

The initiative “seeks to legalize the use and cultivation of marijuana as a medical drug” and ends penalties on “qualifying patients, physicians and health care professionals, personal caregivers for patients, or medical marijuana treatment center agents for the medical use of marijuana."

What do you think? Could someone in your family use medical marijuana? Is this just a backdoor way of getting recreational marijuana legalized in the state? Take our poll and share your views with other readers in our comments. 

Donal Waide July 19, 2012 at 04:49 PM
This begs the question on when cigarettes will become illegal...
jim hazel July 19, 2012 at 11:11 PM
If the legalize it, the war on drugs would take a major hit. When they tried to make booze illegal it made bootleggers millions. When they made booze legal again those profiting from illegal sales we left out in the cold. The same would happen to the Mexican cartels and the money they are making from the sale of illegal pot. If the gov't would just legalize it and tax it the country would be one step closer to clear the dept.
mplo August 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM
If other states can legalize marijuana, why can't the Bay State do likewise?
Trisha September 10, 2012 at 07:06 PM
still not allow to sell it to other more difficult and get right chemical i think better by PX it is for not everyone
Tom O'Brien September 10, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I wish the people advocating the legalization of marijuana could sit in on an Al-Anon meeting and listen to the stories of those addicted to pot. I know you'll say that it's not possible, but it most certainly is. And for those addicted to pot, often the next step is oxycodone or heroin. As Trisha said, it is not for everyone. And it is mind-altering, yet you cannot test for it in your system, so how do you handle car accidents caused by someone who may have been smoking pot?
Trisha September 10, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Tom here is about the information you share the comment is not wrong or right. i like your idea
A sane person September 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM
If you have a car accident while drugged u break the law Not a good argument for outlawing marijuana Marijuana makes ppl friendly and creative and helps cope width difficult deseases. It's very evil to deny ppl this drug and incarcerate users and dealers
Trisha September 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Ah thank you for your view
Jason September 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM
What are you saying...this comment is gibberish at best...are you medicating ....:)
Trisha September 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM
If u think I'm giisslish maybe u read glisslish got it. Thank you
Jason September 16, 2012 at 12:41 AM
@ Trisha and a sane person, Please, while you are posting, use complete words, you are not texting. Back to topic: As with all drugs, either legal or not, it's best to use them responsibly. As to whether or not to legalize pot, humpf, makes no matter, it'd just be another aspect to tax the citizenry. So who's pocket does the money go in the underlying question here. Wake up you anti-establishment types, throw your voice of reason at this one.
Trisha September 16, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Hmm
Trisha September 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I feel not proper for his comment I don't want to talk about me. We can talk about maryjane. The end.
jo September 16, 2012 at 09:57 AM
jason who died and made you chief moderator?
Jason September 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM
At Jo, free forum. You got a point?state it. Just be clear and concise. Pot is a drug, it needs to be handled as such.

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