Governor Says He Will 'Probably' Vote Against Marijuana Ballot Question

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

Governor Deval Patrick said he would likely vote no on Question Three this fall.

During a Thursday live chat with Patch, 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," wrote the governor 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.

If approved, Question Three 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.

Trot Nixon September 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM
I love how the Globe, Herald and other media outlets continue to perpetuate the proganda war on marijuana...i know many people including myself who have done it for years and continue to be tax paying law abiding citizens and not someone turned on to crack because its a "gateway" drug....enough of the lies and Vote Yes on 3
matt reid September 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
How the hell did this guy get in office in our Commonwealth? "Not too energized" on an issue over half the nation would consider full legalization on? Who exactly is this guy representing? http://www.gallup.com/poll/150149/record-high-americans-favor-legalizing-marijuana.aspx
Gretchen Robinson September 28, 2012 at 07:32 PM
it is needed for people with intractable pain and nausea (which is often hard to treat and debilitating). Get a heart, Gov! I worked in a hospice 6 years and I know medical marijuana is badly needed.
Bob Thomas September 28, 2012 at 09:11 PM
This from the same guy who wanted to gut Melissa's Law? I find that hard to understand.
Just Me! October 01, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Well...thank goodness we can vote him out of office...everyone who thinks it should be legalized will have to come out and make it known that he's not listening to his constituents .....


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