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Gov. Patrick Says He Will Probably Vote Against Marijuana Ballot Question

During a live chat with Patch on Thursday, the governor expressed skepticism about the legalization of medical marijuana, though he sympathized with patients in pain.

Gov. Deval Patrick said he would likely vote no on Question 3 this fall.

During a live chat with the governor on Thursday, Sept. 28, 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," the governor wrote 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.

Members of the Needham Board of Health have also weighed in on the issue, saying at a selectmen's meeting on Sept. 11 that they felt there should be more research done before the legislation moves forward.

If approved, Question 3 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.

Replay Thursday's live chat to see what Gov. Patrick had to say about the Jamaica Plain crime lab investigation, high-speed tolls on I-93 and other state issues.

John Casy September 28, 2012 at 01:23 PM
When is the goverment going to learn it has LOST the war on Marijana. It will never stop Americans from using pot ! Gov. Patrick needs to stop being a gutless wimp and support legal pot in Massachusetts.

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