TELL US: Should Medical Marijuana Be Legal?

Question 3 on the Nov. ballot will ask about legalizing medical marijuana.

This November voters will be able to cast a vote for or against legalizing medical marijuana in the Commonwealth.

According to WBUR, proponents have formed the Committee For Compassionate Medicine (Subtitle: ‘Yes’ for Massachusetts Patients).

The opponents are at MaVoteNoOnQuestion3.com.

Question 3 on the ballot reads: “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.”

So we want to know: Are you for or against bring medical marijuana to the state?


Cwheels September 13, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Ben and Jerrys have already created the cure for the only side effect of marijuana. I'm right in assuming that you have never smoked pot in your life right?
Cwheels September 13, 2012 at 08:56 PM
It seems to work just fine with alcohol. I enjoy mine in bars, restaurants and homes. Did the black market for moonshine or bootleg liquor grow bigger after the end of prohibition? Was there more or less alcohol distribution related violence? Trash marijuana? You mean dirt weed, the compressed Mexican crap. Right? News flash no one really wants to smoke that stuff as it is, most are very willing to pay much more for some really dank bud that was grown with love. You sound very misinformed, either that or like Anheuser busch, their stock holders and other mass producers of spirits you stand to take a huge financial hit if pot were legalized. If so you should diversify your portfolio because one day logic will prevail.
Steven Ross September 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM
As a parent I think this is ridiculous and dangerous thinking! To consider legalizing something that is known as a gateway to harder drugs is just stupidity. Several years ago both Hamilton and Wenham had very active police officers that kept the area free of drugs but now it is clear that teens at HWRHS are exposed to marijuana at every turn because there is no fear of getting busted.
Cwheels September 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Have you ever given any thought to what makes pot a " gateway drug"? Could it be that for years kids listen to parents, teachers, D.A.R.E officers and the government tell them about all the supposed horrors of smoking weed. Then one day for whatever reason they try it, lets say it was peer pressure at a party. Then guess what happens. They have a good time. They don't crave unprotected sex, they don't kill their friends, they don't die and the next day they wake up feeling fine wondering why for years they have been force feed all this BS about marijuana. Then they smoke some more and yup pots a good time, why all the lies? So then when some hard core stuff that could really F**k up their lives like heroin or meth finds its way to them they question what they have been taught.
Ron Powell September 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Legalize it, regulate it, and tax it for recreational use.
BenC September 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I try to avoid commenting on these types of articles because I feel that the Patch is supposed to be a news source, not a debate source. However, to anyone arguing the points that 1. Marijuana is gateway drug, 2. Marijuana is not harmful needs to step outside and take a look around. People are smoking marijuana left and right, and if you've seen or talked to these people, you'd know what a problem it is. They're completely unaware of their surroundings, they often have trouble breathing, and they're at risk of doing dangerous things because it somehow blocks them from seeing or what it's doing to them. It's illegal for a reason. Yes, alcohol can be abused too, but one alcoholic drink will not put you at risk as one joint would. If you want your kids smoking more weed, by all means, vote yes on Q3. Take it from someone who has seen it affect multiple people. This shouldn't even be on the ballot.
Travis Gianatassio September 14, 2012 at 01:14 AM
To anyone opposed (I don't smoke myself btw), I'd just like to point out that in the USA it is legal for doctors to prescribe derivatives of hard drugs like cocaine and heroin, but not marijuana, and it's been that way for a long time. Why aren't you putting up a stink about that? I'm sure you wouldn't complain about a doctor prescribing morphine (essentially heroin, derived from the same plant) to someone in pain. So why is it any different for someone suffering from cancer to be prescribed marijuana for their pain? It doesn't make much sense to me... Hard drugs with extremely addictive qualities are prescribed heavily already and nobody complains... but try to legalize, for medical use, a drug with little to no scientifically proven addictive qualities and people get all up in arms... Doesn't compute.
M September 14, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I think the government is doing the right thing. It should be legalized. Imagine drug cartels in the U.S. like there are in Mexico? Have you watched any news footage on it? The killings are horrific. I could forsee that happening here and I think those in power have as well. So the government decides to work with the people instead of against them and they save alot of cash too.
M September 14, 2012 at 04:22 AM
P.S. I wonder if there will be a ripple effect with the decriminalizing marijuana. I wonder if the crime rates, sale and usage of other hard drugs declines as well. Betcha they might ;)
Jay Burnham September 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Just be sure not to inhale!......Bwhahaha
Susan Sturgeon September 14, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Of course it should! Less harmful than alcohol and may be a help with pain, etc. of glaucoma, chemotherapy, etc. I know many who also smoke it recreationally to no ill effect.
Reggie Patton September 14, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Can we please make this a reality Massachusetts? We've spent so long needlessly and destructively pursuing marijuana users of all shades and wasted so much potential medical and scientific utility on misguided moralizing. It may not seem it to some, but this is a small issue on the state level that could go a great way toward effecting change in our society. Medical marijuana addresses ecological, economic, health, and justice issues in a profound way. I understand the issue some people have raised about vagaries and problems with the bill, but this has been used to keep the debate stalled for years. The time to legalize is now.
Bob Winter September 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
"Pot" is not a "gateway drug." Do some research. And, as others have pointed out, the prohibition of alcohol told us what we need to know about how well the prohibition on marijuana is working.
Ron Powell September 15, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Ha ha. I've never inhaled nor exhaled any illicit substance. I'm not only a Boy Scout, but I am a silver-palm Eagle Scout. Clean living, and, to borrow from Dorothy Parker, four other things I am wiser to know: idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
pk September 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM
If pot is a "gateway drug" it is so because it is illegal and so it must be sold by drug dealers, many of whom also sell other, often more profitable drugs. Take away the illegality and you separate pot from the hard drugs. The drug laws increase the availability of pot to minors. Who do you think is more likely to refuse to sell to a minor, your local liquor store owner or a pot dealer?
Jenni Schillizzi September 17, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Why are we talking about it? Because there are many of us voters who live with chronic illness and severe pain every day. It's been medically proven that marijuana help ease the suffering of patients who are in need. Why not regulate it? Why not make it legal for those of us who aren't going to take advantage of it? Why not grant us a legal license to treat our pain with something that isn't made up of chemicals that usually don't help? Are all of you who say no THAT insensitive to the disabled?
Jenni Schillizzi September 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
The point of legalizing MEDICAL marijuana is so that it's grown by people who will distribute it only to those who are given a prescription by their pain management doctors (or ophthalmologists or oncologists). Patients who need to use legalized marijuana are not going to be smoking it in public, and certainly not around children! Are you crazy??? None of us who truly need it would ever do that!!!
Jenni Schillizzi September 17, 2012 at 12:38 AM
No argument here... it's a genuine shame that it doesn't work that way.
Jenni Schillizzi September 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Does anyone actually read??? The question is about legalizing MEDICAL pot! For patients who are suffering! NOT for the general public!!!
jason wert September 17, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Wow ben c. Completely unaware of their surroundings? What a ridiculous statement! I'm a father of 3, I own a nice home in the suburbs, 2 cars, & I suoport a family of 5 on basically 1 income. I know several people just like myself, who use this wonderful plant for healing purposes, & we are doing just fine thanx. You need to do some research before you make a statement like that!
Sean Ward September 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM
It's still going to be illegal for teens to smoke and we should continue to ban smoking in public areas by any age. This is about the ability to smoke it in the privacy of your own home.
Sean Ward September 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Calling this a gateway drug is just fear mongering. Drug abusers are going to find their way to the harder drugs with or without legal marijuana. With the taxes made off marijuana sales and the savings law enforcement would realize we could fund more programs for prevention and treatment of harder drug addictions.
Sean Ward September 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM
This would also clear more space in prisons for sex offenders and violent offenders instead of crowding the jails with pot users and pushers.
Ron Powell September 18, 2012 at 05:57 PM
It would reduce the overcrowding in prisons for sure, and it would also free up local law enforcement resources to focus on interdiction of heroin, through which nearby Lawrence is the major distribution hub of New England. Its proximity to the North Shore has created an oversupply of heroin, artificially driving down the black market price and inducing many first time users. This explains why heroin use surpasses meth use in Massachusetts, and especially the North Shore. If we can disrupt the New England corridor distribution route, we can make it more difficult for dealers to find new users. We can also use the money that we save from no longer incarcerating marijuana dealers, to spend on drug treatment and prosecuting heroin dealers, with room left to spare for hiring and training more teachers.
Mike Hunt February 20, 2013 at 03:06 AM
holy hell this is ignorant. first of all its more potent because people have learned how to grow it better which means that you have to smoke or intake less substance to get the same effect, thus inhaling less carcinogens which makes it much healthier than it was in "your day" also the gateway theory has been proven time and time again to be incorrect as the fact of the matter is, any heroine user will tell you alcohol (which is legally available) was their first substance NOT marijuana. Also the smartest people from harvard professors to the most athletic like michael phelps all use this drug so how can it be so harmful? Why dont you look up statistics like how many people die a year from alcohol? because zero people ever in recorded history have died from the use of this wonderful medicinally beneficial substance. Did you also know it is the only widely accepted organic substance known to stop tumor growth? so how can something that makes people smarter, fuels the economy, and cures cancer be something you consider stupid?
Carolyn Costain February 20, 2013 at 04:04 AM
I agree with you, What is sad is that our Gov. does not want people to use natural cures because pharmaceutical companies will loose money and most big wigs in Gov. would loose money when their stocks drop because of natural cures. "To bad i am allergic to so many weeds, pot included." I was on one med, for nerve pain that was slowly killing me, thank god, I realized it and quit taking it. There is natural cures for everything, I honestly discovered one by accident for weight loss and have been loosing 10-15 pounds per month without even dieting . I've lost 65 lbs in 5 months. 'Before finding a "spice mix" cure that works for me "I couldn't loose even a pound fasting for a week" There is a natural cure for everything.
Carolyn Costain February 20, 2013 at 04:27 AM
You are so right Diane, and more people are killed by drunks on the road. You always read in the police log of someone getting pinched for driving while intoxicated and charged with a DUI. I never read in the police log of someone weaving down the road and getting pinched for a DUIM, (driving under the influence of marijuana)
Carolyn Costain February 20, 2013 at 04:38 AM
Saber, if Marijuana was completely legal in the USA, then there would be even "more" poor people and "less" bloodshed in Mexico because people would rather buy a USA product that would help our economy than be buying it from Mexican slave laborers and drug lords!
Carolyn Costain February 20, 2013 at 04:49 AM
NO WAY let them decide! Are you kidding? Most doctors and others in the medical field push new drugs on the market because They get perks to do so by the drug companies and they have stock in the drug companies. Pot would not be profitable for them because it can be grown in a back yard.
Saber Walsh February 20, 2013 at 02:27 PM
it's well documented, Sean Stop the lies.


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