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Governor Says He Will 'Probably' Vote Against Marijuana Ballot Question

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 Three this fall.

During a 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.

If approved, Question Three would "eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients." Qualified patients would be allowed to hold a 60-day supply of marijuana for personal use.

California has allowed medical marijuana use for years, though it remains a contentious issue in the state. The state law has not prevented federal authorities from raiding medical marijuana clinics and shops, and impounding the product found there. 

Alex Finnegan October 06, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I spoke to Deval & Martha Coakley (well, over the phone) about this exact issue a couple years back. Both said they saw no problem with Medical MJ. (MMJ) People point to California as the reason not to do it. California was the first state to institute MMJ & they made many mistakes. Many states have since then written laws, learning from California's mistakes. So here is an idea, copy them, not California. Write a bill that fixes the problems. Restrict where it can be cultivated & purchased. 18 states counting D.C. MMJ is legal. How many problems do you hear about in Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut. I can't recall any. http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881 The MA law the way it is currently written doesn't talk about where shops can be set up which is where California went wrong. Write a better law, use the states who are successful as examples. MA is hurting for $. Legalize MMJ, control distribution & tax it. It's so easy to obtain illegally, the only people you are hurting are the ones who have a medical use for it, but can't risk getting caught with it w/o that protection. How is it dangerous? Your body produces THC on it's own anyway, you don't have to smoke it (vaporizers, baking it) & I seem to recall cigarettes, alcohol, & opiates, all being legal, but can cause untold pain to millions. I don't see that with MJ, especially MMJ. It's like people's brains just fall out of their head when they discuss it.
Alex Finnegan October 06, 2012 at 04:04 AM
A simple issue that can do much good for pain sufferers & MA's coffers. But we're apparently stuck in the past, immobile, or too inept to do it. We're approaching half the country (save Cali) who manage just fine b/c they observed, listened, learned, improved & keeping things discreet the Fed's don't bother them. Gov. Patrick, though I often disagree with you, you're one of the most gifted politicians I have ever seen. Your eloquence is unmatched. Even unscripted, your phrasing, empathy, tone & clarity are nothing short of poetic. Even when some disagree they leave satisfied. But as gifted as you are sometimes you don't see what is right in front of you. Research other states to see how they are doing, how few problems they have. Look at Portugal. ALL drugs are decriminalized. Cack, heroin, meth. Drug use has declined, people get help instead of jail. The studies are there, examples good & bad are there. I've studied them at length & I fail to believe that someone of your intelligence can't take that wealth of information & find a solution that would help those in need with MMJ. You're a thinking man, & you can't come up w/a successful plan on a simple subject w/tons of upside in our economy & little downside. People have always & will always use MJ. Now it's decriminalized. Explain to me why people who have a legitimate medical use for it are barred from such. Respectfully Gov. especially in this liberal state that makes as much sense as a screen door on a submarine.
Ruth October 06, 2012 at 10:20 AM
I agree Alex 100 percent, and we'll said

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