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Where Do You Stand? Medical Marijuana | Medication to End Life

Three questions that will be on the statewide ballot Nov. 6, 2012.

It's easy to get caught up in national politics but where do you stand on the three Massachusetts ballot questions for this election cycle?

Note: click on the highlighted links below for a in depth description of each issue. The information was taken from the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website:

1. Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information

  • "This proposed law would prohibit any motor vehicle manufacturer, starting with model year 2015, from selling or leasing, either directly or through a dealer, a new motor vehicle without allowing the owner to have access to the same diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturer's dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities."

2. Prescribing Medication to End Life

  • "This proposed law would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient's request, to end that patient's life. To qualify, a patient would have to be an adult resident who (1) is medically determined to be mentally capable of making and communicating health care decisions; (2) has been diagnosed by attending and consulting physicians as having an incurable, irreversible disease that will, within reasonable medical judgment, cause death within six months; and (3) voluntarily expresses a wish to die and has made an informed decision. The proposed law states that the patient would ingest the medicine in order to cause death in a humane and dignified manner."

3. Medical Use of Marijuana

  • "This proposed law would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. To qualify, a patient must have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV-positive status or AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, or multiple sclerosis. The patient would also have to obtain a written certification, from a physician with whom the patient has a bona fide physician-patient relationship, that the patient has a specific debilitating medical condition and would likely obtain a net benefit from medical use of marijuana."
Michael Fleming August 22, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I am for all three measures. The one that tweaks my bottom the most is the right to end life. That is SO between me and my God, and SO not anyone's business but mine, I just don't understand how anyone can be against this measure. Is there anyone out there that can intelligently discuss this issue on the "against" side? I'd love to hear your reasoning. The good thing about this law, is that if you want to enjoy a long, painful and miserable death process, you may. You won't be forced to avail yourself to this merciful and logical law. I am not a libertarian, but all three of these laws appeal to the liver of freedom and choice part of me. What say all of you Nanny State fans who usually seem to think they know more than other folks? Your thoughts?
Michael Fleming August 22, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Dang spell checker. That's "lover" of freedom, not "liver"
Azikiel F Mason September 07, 2012 at 03:27 PM
My Dr. prescribes me 30mg Adderall ER daily and 2mg Kpins 1 to 2 times daily OR! as needed. Hello! Does my Dr. and/or Masshealth not know what a Speed Balll is? I mean really! let's do the math: "Speed Ball" COCAINE= Adrenaline! Agree? HERION= Incompasitated! Agree? Now let's do the math again but lets use the perscriptions my PCP perscribes me: Adderall 30mg ER = Adrenaline! Agree? Kpin 2mg 1 to 2 times daily OR! as needed = Incompasitated! = MassHealth Speed Ball! Agree? Now can you see why I'm voting YES on Q#3? Agree? When I smoke MJ she takes care off all the screws that are loose that the meds my Dr. prescribes me can't. I'd rather have a natural plant from Gods green earth as my means of medication to control my medical issues then to use a man or machine made chemical approved by the FDA. FACT!
Jim Snyder-Grant September 07, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Individual freedom that does not harm others is where left and right can agree. Keep Big Government, Big Business, and Big Religion out of limiting the choices I make about my own life.

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