QUESTION 3: What a "no" vote will do
QUESTION 3: MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA
A NO VOTE would make no change in existing laws.
ARGUMENT AGAINST QUESTION 3:
We all have compassion for those in pain, but the loopholes for corruption and exploitation are enormous. If enacted, this law would allow:
- virtually anyone could grow pot in their backyard and carry a 60-day supply;
- anyone age 21 and over to operate a pot shop in your neighborhood to sell marijuana for any “medical” reason - not just for the seriously ill.
In Colorado, for example, less than 3% of patients suffer from cancer and HIV.
We do not need 35 pot shops to serve the less than 1% truly in need of medical marijuana in Massachusetts. There is already a marijuana pill available for prescription (Marinol). Other marijuana medication will be available in pharmacies soon.
Medical marijuana needs tighter restriction and physician oversight.
Let’s develop medications properly and find a better path for seriously ill patients, who should not be arrested.
Protect Massachusetts from widespread abuse. Vote no.
-Dr. Jay Broadhurst