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Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 3, Maintains Strong Lead

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director September 18, 2012


    Suffolk University, in conjuncture with 7NEWS, just released new polling data for Massachusetts’ medical marijuana initiative, Question 3. The new survey of 600 likely Massachusetts voters had support for the initiative at 59%, opposition at 35%, and 6% undecided. This poll was conducted from September 13th-16th. More details are available here.

    This is an increase in support from previous polling released at the end of August, which had support at 58%, opposition at 27%, and undecided at 15%. Judging from the solid lead and continued upward trend in polling, it is very likely Massachusetts will become the 18th state to have legalized medical use of cannabis this fall.

    Stay up to date on marijuana in the 2012 election by visiting NORML’s online voter guide “Smoke the Vote” here.

    21 Responses to “Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 3, Maintains Strong Lead”

    1. Galileo Galilei says:

      We need an inquiry into just what has been going on within the Federal government’s design to thwart the advance of medical science.

      This is NOT just another vile political trick. It is a crime against us all.

    2. Dave says:

      Yes Galileo, it certainly is. How do these clowns get away with writing a law, then not even bother to follow it and lock up millions of innocent people? The Scheduling of marijuana as a Schedule substance has no legal standing and isn’t even worth putting on paper, but then somehow a truly addictive and deadly material like tobacco isn’t even addressed. It is a Schedule One material! Tobacco is the main gateway drug to harder drugs along with shit like Oxycotin. These are facts, and clowns in the government say they do not matter. Huh???

      Read how Bob Enyart repeats another cycle of lies and bullshit designed to scapegoat Marijuana users as criminals, and lacks all sense:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-enyart/why-marijuana-should-be-i_b_1340311.html

      This guy is just another clown with a bullhorn; talking shit about people and not following Jesus’ advice. What did Jesus say about false leaders? There will be many… Bob says no one is in jail for pot and that why we should keep locking up people for weed–uh no Bob. Anyone else notice the logical disconnect? Bob is saying Jesus wants people in jail on trumped up charges so they can get “help” while they lose their ability to provide for themselves and their families thanks to this wonderful, kind “help” from the government. Yes indeed Bob, Jesus was all about the man putting people in jail so he can profit at their expense.

      Bob, have you ever read anything Jesus said? What living turd of a human. Also, what drugs did he take to get so messed up and hateful? Did he smoke some of the wet? It is like half of his brain is turned off.

    3. Alex says:

      If undecideds are breaking 8 to 1 against then this spells bad news for Oregon.

    4. Ronnie says:

      I have a felling the estimate you quote as to $$$$ coat to taxpayers is way low. Not only must you add up investigative,prosecution incarceration of users and dealers. You must include lost taxes and the ripple effect of families broken by members going into the criminal morass of our prison system. Lost jobs, no longer paying into federal coffers via taxes.Family members now forced to receive fed and state assistance (i.e. food stamps,welfare, ect.)as the “bread winner” is now gone off to prison and has a very small chance to get work upon release.
      Ther,s also the fact other criminals that have committed far worse crimes can “game” the system due to overloaded courts.
      Lastly,It is throwing millions of U.S. $$$$ into the hands of foreign cartels who have NO compulsion to kill those who get in their way.
      This includes Islamic extremest groups,yes they ARE involved in the international movement/distributing of marijuana in exchange for U.S.$$$$ via trading for their products.
      Mariajuana is a global usage item, hence their interest in parts of the world they control.
      I estimate the coast to taxpayers may exceed $100 BILLION.Anyone who grew up in Michigan in the 60s/70s can explain the “ripple effect of economic effects from just one major cause of loss of a job/future of a family member and the surrounding community. Look at Flint Mi. for a prime example.
      That was just the automotive industry.
      Marijuana illegality affects far more cross currents of American society.
      Hard drugs are another matter. I,m faaaaaar right of Gengis Khan about coke,heroin,and estacy. ALL 3 support international terrorist groups.Middle east, eastern Europe,Russia,far east to name just 4. This NOT the ravings of a RepublicRANT, it,s those of a person with a genius level I.Q.. Who smoked just a Lil, ganga as a kid and latter in life. I don’t now due to a major head injury and the counter effects of anti-siezure meds. It now makes me paranoid !!! That sucks !!!!

    5. St. Nick says:

      Look if we do nothing, nothing will change. But we could get this done. Cannabis is safe-it can’t and won’t kill you. It’s good effects outweigh the “bad ones” 731 to 1. The drug war was started because of LSD and transitioned to trying to eradicate a perfectly good for you plant like pot. Can bad things happen on pot? It’s not likely but yeah. On the other hand bad things can and WILL happen without any drugs. We want to enjoy life and have a plant not illegal and our great government is trying to stop people from feeling good. Good God! These people are INSANE!!! Robots air-ore people feeling good. Error!

    6. [...] Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 3, Maintains Strong Lead Suffolk University, in conjuncture with 7NEWS, just released new polling data for Massachusetts’ medical marijuana initiative, Question 3. The new survey of 600 likely Massachusetts voters had support for the initiative at 59%, opposition at 35%, and 6% undecided. This poll was conducted from September 13th-16th. More details are available here. This is an increase in support from previous polling released at the end of August, which had support at 58%, opposition at 27%, and undecided at 15%. Judging from the solid lead and continued upward trend in polling, it [...] [...]

    7. somedood says:

      Anyone who doesn’t support drug legalization is a NAZI!

    8. [...] Monday, the latest polling had Question 3 winning with 59% of the vote. The opposition was at 35%, with 6% undecided. The yes vote was a slight increase over the previous [...]

    9. [...] Monday, the latest polling had Question 3 winning with 59% of the vote. The opposition was at 35%, with 6% undecided. The yes vote was a slight increase over the previous [...]

    10. Atleast Mass can make a decision it looks good as of now! It has to be changed people have to keep giving forth the effort they have been giving for the decriminalization of MMJ it can only get better from here on out!

    11. [...] new polling data for Massachusetts' medical marijuana initiative, Question 3. The new survey of.blog.norml.org/…/massachusetts-medical-marijuana-initiative-…See the original post here: Massachusetts' Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 3, Maintains [...]

    12. Anon a bus says:

      I’m not encouraging anyone of any age to smoke
      marijuana . I believe inhaling any combustionable substance to be harmful to one’s lungs but i found this today & i hope you’ll read it . I am not endorsing the article . I am just presenting it for you .

      Marijuana might mellow out aggressive cancer. Here’s another reason for pot-smokers to defend their drug of choice: a marijuana-derived compound might be able to stop metastasis of aggressive forms of cancer. That would be a huge finding, allowing people with advanced cancer to stave off death. Pierre Desprez, one of the scientists from California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco behind the findings, says “It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited.” They discovered that Cannabidiol could effectively ‘turn off’ the ID-1 gene, thought to be culprit in spreading cancer. The researchers hope to take clinical trials from animals to humans soon. your own decision .
      Marijuana might mellow out aggressive cancer. Here’s another reason for pot-smokers to defend their drug of choice: a marijuana-derived compound might be able to stop metastasis of aggressive forms of cancer. That would be a huge finding, allowing people with advanced cancer to stave off death. Pierre Desprez, one of the scientists from California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco behind the findings, says “It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited.” They discovered that Cannabidiol could effectively ‘turn off’ the ID-1 gene, thought to be culprit in spreading cancer. The researchers hope to take clinical trials from animals to humans soon.

    13. [...] a strong majority of likely voters support Question 3. A newly released Suffolk University/7News poll of 600 likely voters finds that 59 percent of respondents support the initiative versus 35 percent [...]

    14. Darren says:

      I still don’t understand why there’s not a full legalization ballot initiative in Massachusetts this year. It received a solid majority of votes on a non-binding referendum in 2010, I definitely think it would pass, but at least medical is certain to win in November. Guess 2014 or 2016 will be our year for full legalization in Massachusetts.

    15. St. Nick says:

      I love how these “do-gooders” in our country try and spend all their time trying to punish people. If you were even 1/10th perfect you wouldn’t care if someone puts a plant into thier bodies to feel good. Especially one that can’t and won’t kill you. What God do you worship? The jealous one from the old testament? Talk about worshiping false gods from your own rules. I’m the “religion” Jesus was. He was NOT a Christian and wouldn’t be if he was alive today. What, with the catholic churches bloody history. Pot is a completely safe drug. It should be allowed to be used. Hey, God invented it. For spiritual advice read Sylvia Browne books.

    16. Straw leaf says:

      Smart Colorado, led former Republican senate candidate Ken Buck and a team of Republican lobbyists and campaign operatives, hopes to drive down the popularity of Amendment 64 before Election Day. The supposedly family-friendly group, however, relies heavily on funds from a pair of controversial Republican fundraisers who once led a drug rehab center shut down over wide-ranging child abuse scandals.
      Conclusion : More lies . The republicans can’t make money off of marijuana .

    17. [...] a strong majority of likely voters support Question 3. A newly released Suffolk University/7News poll of 600 likely voters finds that 59 percent of respondents support the initiative versus 35 percent [...]

    18. So what if it maintains a strong lead and eventually passes . This God given miracle drug is still illegal by Government standards with no medical benefits & you can still be arrested for it . In California….let’s not forget the Fed’s are shutting down all the dispensaries despite prop. 215 passing by approval of the peoples vote .

    19. Kurt says:

      Remember, If Romeny comes into office, all this will be for nothing.

    20. bj says:

      Cannabis is illegal in the US because nylon rope floats and because the “Captains of Industry” (from 1870-1937) decided to choose a “finite number” (oil) as our primary source for energy and mass production of materials! Why? Because financing agriculture isn’t nearly as much fun as financing an industry that requires tons of capital. You may finance a farming operation, but you cannot control the weather, pests and sometimes even be guaranteed of a labor force when the harvest comes due. The point of “the game” is to control supply (read: “price”) and demand (read: “freedom”)
      If the cannabis hemp industry continues to be throttled by the likes of DuPont and political cronyism, America is doomed.
      10,000 baby boomers are retiring each day for the next 19 years. Will they pay cartel prices for pot out of their Social Security checks? Does the US Govt. want this? It sure seems that way. Those of us with cancer intend to go down screaming!

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