Letter to the Editor: Voting on Question 3, Medical Marijuana
Opinion on Question 3.
In November voters will be voting on Question 3 "medical marijuana". If passed, Question 3 would set up an extensive system of marijuana storefronts in our state, allow people to grow marijuana in their homes, and provide a defense to those carrying hundreds of joints under the guise of medicine. This is not about the terminally ill – it is about widespread marijuana abuse.
Specifically, the law would:
* Set up 35 marijuana retail stores statewide. These stores would be owned and operated by anyone 21 or older. There currently are no zoning restrictions in place within communities to avoid this.
* Allow people to grow marijuana in their home. Your neighbor could grow pot plants in their backyard. Your children’s friends could have marijuana growing in the bathroom or garage.
* Allow people to carry a 60-day supply of marijuana on their person. A daily dose is undefined in the law.
* Allow virtually anyone to obtain marijuana. The proposed legislation lists a few specific conditions, but then opens it up to “other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician.”
* Increase marijuana use among youth. In California 70% of teenagers that smoke marijuana report getting it from someone with a prescription card.
Since decriminalization passed in 2008, Massachusetts has seen a considerable rise in youth marijuana use; rates are now 30% higher than that of the nation. One in three teenagers use marijuana regularly in the Mass. More youth are in treatment for marijuana addiction than for alcoholism.
A recent poll shows that support for the legalization of “medical” marijuana is dramatically falling as voters learn more about the details of the question.
Get educated about the loopholes that would lead to the same negative effects that other states with 'medical marijuana' laws are furiously working to reverse.
You can learn more at: MAVOTENOONQUESTION3.com
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