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Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved to Go Before Voters in November

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director July 10, 2012


    A representative from the Secretary of State’s Office in Massachusetts has confirmed that an initiative seeking to allow for medicinal cannabis use by qualified patients has been approved for November’s ballot in the Bay State.

    The ballot language reads:

    “A yes vote would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana by patients meeting certain conditions” and that patients will be to procure cannabis “produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use.”

    Full text of the initiative can be read here.

    Data from a March 2011 survey of likely Massachusetts voters by Public Policy Polling had support for medical marijuana at 53% and opposition at 35%.

    Massachusetts now joins Colorado, Washington, and Montana on the growing list of states voting on marijuana law reform measures this November. Supporters have also turned in signatures for a legalization initiative in Oregon and a medical marijuana initiative in Arkansas, but neither has yet heard back about their qualification status.

    Get registered to vote and learn all the important information on the initiatives and candidates for the 2012 election by clicking below and visiting NORML’s Voter Resource Guide. Let’s SMOKE THE VOTE in 2012:

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    28 Responses to “Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved to Go Before Voters in November”

    1. […] Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved to Go Before Voters in November A representative from the Secretary of State’s Office in Massachusetts has confirmed that an initiative seeking to allow for medicinal cannabis use by qualified patients has been approved for November’s ballot in the Bay State. The ballot language reads: “A yes vote would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana by patients meeting certain conditions” and that patients will be to procure cannabis “produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their […] […]

    2. Well, good for you…Mass .
      In other news it looks like, Lakeport, California is saying ” screw you ” to the Federal Government and have adopted their own rules and laws .

      Lakeport, California

      The final numbers agreed upon by the supervisors are as follows:

      Six plants maximum for parcels smaller than one-half acre; 12 plants for parcels between one-half and one acre, with a required 75-foot setback; 18 plants for parcels between one and five acres, with a required 150-foot setback; 36 plants for parcels between five and 40 acres, with a required minimum setback of 150 feet; and a maximum of 48 plants on parcels larger than 40 acres.

      Another amendment to the ordinance consisted of changing some of the misdemeanor penalties for non-compliance: $100 for the first offense, $300 for the second offense, and $500 for the third offense, with the possibility of serving six months in jail.

      The last amendments had to do with screening any grow sites that might be visible to the public with fencing, green-colored mesh or natural terrain; and that the grow sites must be in compliance with existing county environmental, grading and permit laws or be brought into compliance.

      Farrington made a motion to have the ordinance read in title only, which was unanimously approved. Farrington then moved to adopt the ordinance.

      The ordinance was adopted by a 4-1 vote, with Brown in dissent.

      Allison : Know that this news has been published it’s just a matter of time before the Fed’s invade Lake County and overturn the ruling .

    3. skunkyfingers says:

      I think November is going to be the start of the true tipping point.(Tipping one way or the other). Obama has already made the statement through one of his staff, that if he is re-elected to a second term, he will address the marijuana issue. I honestly think Obama will come out in full support for marijuana if re-elected, just as he did for Gay Rights. Mitt Romney on the other hand, will step in and reverse every medical marijuana law ever passed. Mitt Romney has received donation funds from a group of individuals/nut jobs who have pledged to start an END ALL MEDICAL MARIJUANA TASK FORCE ON DAY ONE OF MITT ROMNEY,S VICTORY—-PERIOD!!! THIS REPUBLICAN GROUP HAS PLEDGED TOO REVERSE ALL MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS ON THE BOOKS. Mitt Romney will help this group (weather he knows it yet or not) form a Special Task Force Unit to mass raid state by state, every state that has medical marijuana on their books, until the state laws are broken down to the point of non-existing. Mitt Romney will set marijuana back further than you can even imagine. Pre-1996 ——————Mitt Romney = Marijuana Weapon of Mass Destruction. ——– http://2012.republican-candidates.org/Romney/Marijuana.php

      GOOOOOO Massachusetts!!!! Thumbs up!!!!
      But it will be all for NOT—if Mitt Romney takes office!!!!!

    4. Galileo Galilei says:

      The shot heard round the world…

    5. Joel: the other Joel says:

      Times sure have change during the past 16 years on getting Medical Marijuana on the voting ballot on many of the states. No more games of changing the rules or having a three member election council interfering with the listings of the ballots.

    6. freedom1776 says:

      lol to the guy above that thinks Obama will save him

    7. David says:

      skunkyfingers, sounds like you’re exaggerating a lot. I don’t see how Romney could be worse than Obama on marijuana policy, plus Romney said these are state issues, now whether or not he will respect state laws if elected I have no idea. But I highly doubt Obama will ever come out in favor of legalization, or do anything to liberate marijuana laws in his second term.

    8. This is really great initiative by Mass. People will get lot of benefit during November voting. Because there are lot of reasons during voting time to remain cautious. Nice informative post.

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