Monday, November 5, 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.
Monday, October 8, 2012
The town is looking to add harsher penalties for public consumption whether or not Question 3 passes in Massachusetts.
In one month, Massachusetts voters will decide whether to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. However that vote goes, officials in Needham have proposed a new bylaw that would raise the fines for smoking marijuana in public. Needham officials have said the proposal was not created because of Question 3 on the state ballot but that the idea to increase the fines has been under discussion for about two years, according to a recent Boston.com article. However, the statewide initiative did encourage proponents to move the bylaw change forward. The item does not appear on Needham's Oct. 29 special Town Meeting warrant, and the earliest it would come before voters is at the annual Town Meeting this spring. If the Needham bylaw …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Needham residents are encouraged to come hear both sides of the issue, which will appear as Question 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Needham residents who haven't decided where they stand on Question 3, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana, can hear both sides of the issue at an upcoming debate in Wayland. Needham health officials have spoken out against allowing Massachusetts residents to obtain and even grow marijuana for medical purposes, as proposed by the ballot question. But Needham Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Coordinator Carol Read also encouraged citizens to hear more about the topic to ensure they are fully educated before the Nov. 6 vote. The upcoming debate, "Marijuana Medicine or Public Health Hazard?," is part of the Walden Forum, presented in cooperation with WaylandCares and the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance, of which Read is vice …
Friday, September 28, 2012
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 …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The petition initiative will appear as Question 3 on the statewide ballot Nov. 6.
Needham health officials spoke out against a question that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot seeking to legalize access to medical marijuana with a doctor’s consent. Members of the Needham Board of Health and Public Health Department staff presented their views to selectmen during a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11, saying they felt there should be more research done before the legislation moves forward. The initiative petition for “A Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana”—Question 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot in Massachusetts—would allow patients to obtain a registration card, with a physician's approval, that would allow the individual to purchase marijuana at a nonprofit medical marijuana treatment center. A certificate could be …