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Vote yes to medical marijuana

Vote yes to medical marijuana GRAPHIC COURTESY — PAULA MORALL

There is currently much debate about whether or not Massachusetts should allow for the use of medical marijuana or not. But Question 3 will be answered on the November 6, 2012 election day ballot.

"A YES VOTE would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use. A NO VOTE would make no chance in existing laws," as stated on Ballotpedia.org.

It is evident that each side to this question is supported with strong beliefs, which could essentially lead to bias research. Nonetheless, there is only a month away until the voting day and voters seem to be in favor of the use of medicinal marijuana.

According to a poll held by Public Policy Polling in August 2012, Massachusetts residents were asked, "Question 3 would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. If the election was today, would you vote yes or no on Question 3?"

In response 58% claimed that they would in fact vote yes. While 27% would unfortunately not support the ballot and 15% were left undecided.

Passing the Medical Marijuana Initiative would make Massachusetts the 18th state to pass such legislation.

The medical marijuana law would be quite beneficial to a number of people. It would allow for doctors and patients to factor in the option of marijuana in their treatments, and allow for doctors to write recommendations for medical marijuana.

For patients with debilitating medical conditions, the use of medical marijuana has been found to be highly effective for maintaining their pain tolerance.

These debilitating conditions are diseases such as cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), Hepatitis c, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. It has been known to also help patients with insomnia, alcohol abuse, muscle spasms, migraines, seizures, appetite loss, arthritis, and anxiety.

Besides helping to maintain the health of patients, voting yes on Question 3 would help support the Roll Back Taxes campaign. If voters vote yes for Question 3 they will be saying yes to rolling back Massachusetts state sales tax from 6.25% to 3%, which would essentially lead to more jobs. Voters are also supporting a bold tax cut which is bound to force state politicians to eliminate government waste.

On RollbackTaxes.com the campaign states that "YES on 3 is the ONLY way to cut reckless government overspending and to create JOBS. YES on 3 in the ONLY way to give millions of taxpayers and thousands of small businesses tax relief. YES on 3 is the ONLY way to save Northern Mass Retail Businesses - and draw shoppers from out of state."

By voting yes on Question 3, voters will be joining the numerous supporters across Massachusetts, such as the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Nurses Association, Massachusetts Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, National Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Foundation, and over 1,200 licensed doctors in Massachusetts.

For more information in supporting Question 3 visit CompassionForPatients.com or RollbackTaxes.com.

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