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…
Saturday, November 3, 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, July 20, 2012
Voters will decide whether to grant doctors, patients and other care-givers the right to provide medical marijuana this fall. 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 already 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 …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The secretary of state approved the three questions on Wednesday
The secretary of state's office finalized the questions that will be put on this fall's ballot on Wednesday. Though four questions had gathered enough signatures and met the deadlines to be placed on the ballot, one regarding teacher evaluation was resolved in the Legislature last month, leaving three for Secretary of State William Galvin to sign. They are:
Monday, June 25, 2012
The Massachusetts ballot is to be finalized by the Attorney General's office on July 3.
Of the 31 initiatives put forth for the state-wide fall ballot, only four both have enough signatures and have been certified by Attorney General Martha Coakley in order to make it on the ballot by the July 3 deadline. And of those, one looks likely to be resolved by the legislature before that date. Proposals to legalize the use and cultivation of medicinal marjiuana, and allow doctors to prescribe drugs to terminally ill patients that would end their lives are expected to be considered by Massachusetts voters in November. The initiative that appears likely to reach resolution is called "An Act Promoting Excellence in Public Schools." Backed by Stand for Children Massachusetts, it involves retaining and promoting teachers based on …