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Medical Marijuana: What Does Your Vote Mean?

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 concerns 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.

Gustavo Picciuto November 04, 2012 at 04:05 PM
"...According to the website a "yes" vote would allow for patients to smoke marijuana if it is prescribed by a doctor..." Marijuana doesn't HAVE to be smoked; it can be vaporized, infused in an edible, in form of a tincture, or even as a topical lotion. Just wanted to clarify that because smoked Marijuana is becoming the least common way to ingest marijuana by patients.
Christopher Gambon November 04, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Gustavo, thanks for making that clarification; it's an important one. The language of the ballot question states "a YES VOTE would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use." There are no restrictions on the way medicinal marijuana could be ingested.
Mike Parent November 05, 2012 at 02:52 PM
“What's the affinity for laws conceived, born and nurtured from lies greed and racism? Marijuana is the 21st Century "Bogey Man". It suffers from purely unfounded. accusations and fears with a corrupt political system having an interest. in keeping it illegal along with the Prohibitionists who profit from it. Lie #1 Gateway Drug. Marijuana is NOT a Gateway Drug. Here's a 12 Yr Univ Study that says so;. Andrew Hryckowian - University of Pittsburgh. www.pitt.edu/~ugr/Hrych2.pdf Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Raven-... Marijuana is not a. “gateway” drug. Lie #2 Marijuana is addictive. Marijuana is no more addictive and less harmful than Caffeine;. Dr Henningfield is a former NIDA Staffer;. Addictiveness of Marijuana - ProCon.org. www.procon.org/view.background... urce.php? resourceID=1492 Lie #'s 3 & 4, Marijuana has not Medicinal Use and is Dangerous. AND, In 1988, a DEA Administrative judge wrote, in a report. Commissioned by the DEA; "16. Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of. the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a. supervised routine of medical care." http://www.ccguide.org/young88...” For good measure, the CDC reported Med Marijuana doesn't increase teen use. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57456999-10391704/medical-marijua... wont-boost-teen-pot-use-study-finds/”

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