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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. 

Frampton September 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Seems The Patch and many of it's readers are obsessed with weed.
jay fisher September 28, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Obsessed with personal freedom.
Meggle September 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM
1 in 8 prisoners are in jail for pot offenses and we're wasting $1 Billion in government money each year to keep them there over a substance that is less lethal than alcohol and tobacco. Seems pretty ridiculous to me.
paul surette September 28, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Frampton....back six years ago, my mother was terminally ill with stage 4B lung cancer...she's sitting in a hospital bed....she's in pain....she asks for pain killers, and the compassionate nurse responds with "we don't want you to get addicted, dear!" This from a 200 pound plus nurse, with diabetes. If you were a cancer patient, in pain, trust me....YOU would be looking for anything that would get rid of that pain. Yet, WE treat heroin addicts with lithium and meth...that's ok....but let's not help out the terminally ill.....talk about complete hypocrisy!
AnnieOMalden September 29, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Paul: Do you think the nurse may have been stealing your mom's meds? I would've been on the horn to the dr. before she left the room to demand your mom not be left in pain.

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