Medical Marijuana: "Yes" or "No" on Question 3?

Where do you stand on Question 3 in Massachusetts, which concerns the medical use of marijuana.

In November, Massachusetts voters will decide whether or not to allow the medical use of marijuana in the state.

In Question 3 on the ballot, a "yes" vote would allow medical marijuana and a "no" vote would maintain the state's current laws, which don't allow for the medical use of marijuana.

Battle lines are already being drawn. Those who support the measure include The Committee for Compassionate Medicine and, to a degree, Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Those opposed to the measure include the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society.

For an interesting discussion on the matter, listen to WBUR's "Radio Boston," which addressed the issue on Sept. 25.

According to a guide to ballot questions published by the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office, Question 3 would do the following:

  • Eliminate criminal and civil penalties for medical marijuana
  • Require that qualifying patients must have serious debilitating medical conditions, such as AIDS or cancer
  • Allow qualifying patients to possess a 60-day supply of medical marijuana
  • Allow 35 non-profit "marijuana treatment centers" across the state, with at least 1 and up to 5 in each county
  • Allow certain qualifying patients to grow marijuana for medical use
  • Establish penalties for fraudulent use of a medial marijuana, including up to five years in jail

Supporters of Question 3 say it would help ease the suffering of patients with severe medical conditions and that medical marijuana would be tightly restricted by the state.

Opponents point to other states that allow medical marijuana, such as California, and say people abuse the system and use marijuana for non-medical reasons.

About 59 percent of Massachusetts residents supported Question 3 in a recent poll.

Where do you stand? Will you be voting yes or no on Question 3, and why?

Joshua Brightman October 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Mr. Johnson if shops were to "label it any which way they chose" they wouldn't be doing a very good job, word by consumer would spread, they would lose customers, would lose money, and would have to close down due to their competition doing a much better job, and they would lose their entire investment of well over 400-500,000 dollars, capitalism would correct that problem for us, if a market started selling grapefruit as apples do you think that would be a successful market?.... you are splitting hairs talking about regulating something that does less harm then Advil..... so let's not pass this law for what reason Mr Johnson.... tell me, so your not going to pass this law because someone might put the wrong label on something that would not have any implications to begin with.... tell me do you know what the implications would be if strands of marijuana were'nt labeled properly and someone purchased sour diesel instead of OG Kush? Or Purple Haze instead of Commercial? I know what the implications would be but please....tell me, you seem to be presenting a side of an argument here and I believe everyone gets their say, what implications occur if "things are mislabeled"?
Tara Saulnier October 26, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Joe: You get kicked out of school for having giving your midol to a friend nowadays...obviously the schools would handle it as they see fit. If a kid absolutely needs it, there's always homeschooling. Either way, I still don't see a problem with it. The kid is its parent's responsibility... and if said kid has the parent's permission, well that makes it no longer your business doesn't it.
Louis Sibley February 25, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Ok. If its really medical All insurance company's would cover it. And thay don't And. The. FDA is. Telling everyone you get cancer and die. But. 1 joint equils to 10 cigarettes
Tara Saulnier February 25, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Louis, I keep getting your comments e-mail to me then you delete them before I can reply. First off, please forget everything you think you know about marijuana (you know, those lies they told you in DARE to make you not do it. They are all LIES.) Second, please go read any of the thousands of real scientific studies on the subject. Third, insurance companies do not get to decide what they feel is medical or not and they don't cover it because it is still federally outlawed. This does nothing to prove whether or not marijuana has a medical benefit. Fourth regarding the FDA: here read this http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/21/health/21marijuana.html?_r=0. Fifth, the '1 joint=10 cigs' thing, that was one of those DARE lies. Educate yourself before you speak. You'll save yourself some embarrassment. Also, periods only end sentences not divide words.
Chris O'Hara February 26, 2013 at 02:04 PM
@ louis sibley go a little over board with the periods but hey to each is own The US government seems to think its medical US government patent 6630507 is the us patent on medical cannabis


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