Friday, November 9, 2012
The medical marijuana ballot initiative passed on Tuesday, which means up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open in 2013. Would you be OK with having one in town?
Medical marijuana is coming to Massachusetts. The question is: where? The medical marijana ballot initiative that passed in Tuesdays election with 63 percent voter approval means that up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open up in the state in 2013. The new law goes into effect January 1, but requires rules and regulations be set up by the Department of Public Health. Some towns and cities, such as Quincy, reportedly are already trying to line up regulations that would keep dispensaries out of their municipalities, which have proved troublesome in some of the nine states where medical marijuana dispensaries have been legal. What do you think? Is this a classic case of NIMBY (fine, but Not In My Back Yard)? Or do medical marijuana…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Find out what a yes or no vote on Question 3 will mean.
On Nov. 6, Massachusetts voters will be asked to vote on three questions along with the state and federal political races. Question 3 is regarding the legalization of medical marijuana. "This proposed law would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. To qualify, a patient must have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition," the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website says. According to the website a "yes" vote would allow for patients to smoke marijuana if it is prescribed by a doctor. A "no" vote would make no change to the current law and keep the practice illegal.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The governor, during a live chat with Patch, expressed skepticism about the legalization of medical marijuana, though he sympathized with patients in pain.
Governor Deval Patrick said he would likely vote no on Question 3 this fall. During a Thursday live chat with Patch, a reader asked Patrick how he would vote on the ballot question and whether the governor was for or against the legalization of cannabis. "I am not too energized on this issue, personally. California's experience has been mixed. I will probably vote against it. I respect the opposing view, though, especially those whose concern is for people in constant pain," wrote the governor in response. Proponents say medical marijuana will help ease the pain and suffering of cancer patients and other eligible residents. Opponents, meanwhile, say the law is a back door to full legalization, and that medical marijuana can be dangerous…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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 …
Friday, August 17, 2012
A look at some news about Question 3 in Massachusetts in 2012.
A look at some news on Patch about medical marijuana: Medical Marijuana: What Does Your Vote Mean? Governor Says He Will 'Probably' Vote Against Marijuana Ballot Question Medical Marijuana: "Yes" or "No" on Question 3? Five Things: Medical Marijuana Meeting YOUR TURN: Medical Marijuana—Good for Mass?
Thursday, July 19, 2012
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 …