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POLL: Medical Marijuana In Massachusetts: Where Do You Stand?

There's a hearing today on Beacon Hill regarding a ballot question, that, if passed, could legalize marijuana in Massachusetts for people with debilitating conditions, but is this something you would support?

The Massachusetts legislature's Committee On Public Health is planning to hold a hearing today to evaluate a possible ballot question that would legalize marijuana for "patients with debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis" who have a doctor's prescription for it, according to an article on MyFox Boston

The ballot question, which Attorney General Martha Coakley has already certified to appear on the ballot, also "calls for the state to register up to 35 nonprofit medical treatment centers around the state to distribute the marijuana."

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 already allow medical marijuana to varying degrees, but is it right for Massachusetts?  Vote in our poll and leave a comment with your take on the situation.  

Jillian Galloway April 10, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Why can't we just regulate cannabis like alcohol and tobacco? Those industries seem to do just fine and cannabis isn't too dissimilar from tobacco except in that it doesn't kill people or cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or any other significant health issue, and its addiction potential is about on par with coffee. In fact, when it comes down to pure safety cannabis is safer than coffee! So why do the legislators who currently make up the federal government keep cannabis illegal when people could use it as a substitute for alcohol which would do a lot to improve their health and our safety?
Mike Parent April 10, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Every poll I've seen in Patch Publications regarding Marijuana has an over 90% approval of legalization of marijuana. Isn't it time to end the 21st Century "Witch Hunt" and just legalize and regulate marijuana as we do alcohol? Visit LEAP.cc and hear what 400000 Law Enforcement people have to say about why Prohibition should be ended. LEAP member, NYPD, ret.
George Van Setters April 10, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Im so disgusted with our current administrations actions lately on this issue. I voted for the change portion, and raiding schools that teach people to grow a harmless dried dead plant to help heal people and cope with pain is not what I signed on for, and it was the first time I voted in 31 years of being scared shitless. I feel so robbed, just sad, 4yrs and he ends his tener raiding schools, wow, Im totally blown away. Medical Marijuana in Michigan is a joke literally look up how many court cases were allowed to use the words medical marijauna, or use the affirmative defense, Im a pateint and once again Im scared to be releived of pain, it feels as though nothing has changed and the police are going to kick the door down any minute..... I guess what are we to do, bare arms I mean all we can do is keep showing them our polls and the drive for the truth. I will never stop, i know what perscription pills do, and thanks Ill take the MMJ, GOOD LUCK MASS. REALLY FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART I HOPE YOU DO BETTER THAN MI.
John Porter April 10, 2012 at 07:49 PM
More are educated each day! This plant should be free to grow by anyone. The medical and industrial uses of this plant are amazing and the side effects are among the safest and benign in all of history for such a powerful and useful plant. No one should have the authority to tell another what they can grow and use to help their own body. These people that prohibit it are not given any right under god to deny any other human on this earth from growing a plant.
Andrew Jeromski April 10, 2012 at 09:36 PM
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Andrew Jeromski April 11, 2012 at 03:54 PM
From @John Porter: More are educated each day! This plant should be free to grow by anyone. The medical and industrial uses of this plant are amazing and the side effects are among the safest and benign in all of history for such a powerful and useful plant. No one should have the authority to tell another what they can grow and use to help their own body. These people that prohibit it are not given any right under god to deny any other human on this earth from growing a plant.
Andrew Jeromski April 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
From @George Van Setters: Im so disgusted with our current administrations actions lately on this issue. I voted for the change portion, and raiding schools that teach people to grow a harmless dried dead plant to help heal people and cope with pain is not what I signed on for, and it was the first time I voted in 31 years of being scared shitless. I feel so robbed, just sad, 4yrs and he ends his tener raiding schools, wow, Im totally blown away. Medical Marijuana in Michigan is a joke literally look up how many court cases were allowed to use the words medical marijauna, or use the affirmative defense, Im a pateint and once again Im scared to be releived of pain, it feels as though nothing has changed and the police are going to kick the door down any minute..... I guess what are we to do, bare arms I mean all we can do is keep showing them our polls and the drive for the truth. I will never stop, i know what perscription pills do, and thanks Ill take the MMJ, GOOD LUCK MASS. REALLY FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART I HOPE YOU DO BETTER THAN MI.
Andrew Jeromski April 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
From @Jillian Galloway: Why can't we just regulate cannabis like alcohol and tobacco? Those industries seem to do just fine and cannabis isn't too dissimilar from tobacco except in that it doesn't kill people or cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or any other significant health issue, and its addiction potential is about on par with coffee. In fact, when it comes down to pure safety cannabis is safer than coffee! So why do the legislators who currently make up the federal government keep cannabis illegal when people could use it as a substitute for alcohol which would do a lot to improve their health and our safety?
Jenifer Valley April 12, 2012 at 02:20 AM
When I joined the Oregon medical marijuana Program in 1999, I had 1-2,000 1-2 mil tumors in my lungs and weighed 92 pounds. I was taking 25-35 pills a day and going to ER 10 times a year on the brink of death. Within 6 months, I was down to 2 pills a day. I have not been to the ER in over 13 years. I have gained 30 pounds (a 30% increase in body mass). Instead of seeing my doctor 2-3 times a month for 2-3 hours at a time, last year I only went in to confirm that my cancer had disappeared and to renew my OMMP card. I have reduced my Healthcare costs by 85% and become a participating member of my community. Medical marijuana saves lives.Vote YES!
Jenifer Valley April 12, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I've spent the last 5 years going to the public meetings on Healthcare trying to convince legislators that medical marijuana is a cost containment program. I asked an Oregon Senator to reconcile our State level Controlled Substances Act with our Oregon Medical marijuana Act to Schedule marijuana top Schedule 2 under Oregon State CSA ( they sort of had to since we had both a CSA and a Medical Marijuana Act). The point is, anyone from any medical marijuana State can petition their local Board of Pharmacy to Reschedule marijuana at State level (Iowa has done so even though they are not a medical marijuana State). I asked a local Senator to reconcile Oregon's OMMA with our CSA, and marijuana was Rescheduled to Schedule 2. It matters when people get charged with marijuana "crimes" later.
MPreston April 13, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Yes, but I would rather have all the illegal drugs legalized, controlled by the state, and prescriptions required. No, it is not a perfect answer, but there is no perfect answer just as there is no 100% harmless drug. However think of all the violence, crime and deaths that would be eliminated. Addiction will never be eliminated, never; but if addicts were under the care of a good physician, they are much less likely to turn to crime or be a victim of it, and perhaps they might have a greater chance to regain their lives, and control their additions.
Jenifer Valley April 13, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Prescription and doctors are barriers to the poor. Better to just legalize, tax, and regulate and allocate a portion of the taxes to mental health and treatment programs. Addiction is more about anxiety than it is about the drug itself in most cases. Treat the causes of addiction and you get better results than if you just treat the symptoms.
Chauntelle September 05, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I think medical marijuana should be legalized in Ma because there are some people that really need it. There are people that need it even though they don't have cancer or aids, but they have major depression or PTS or something. I think long as you have a doctors approval you should be able to get the medical marijuana card.

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