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Three Ballot Questions Confirmed for Fall Election

The secretary of state approved the three questions on Wednesday

The secretary of state's office Wednesday finalized the questions that will be put on this fall's ballot.

Though four questions had gathered enough signatures and met the deadlines to be placed on the ballot, one regarding teacher evaluation was , leaving three for Secretary of State William Galvin to sign. They are:

  • A Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana: This intiative seeks to legalize the use and cultivation of marijuana as a medical drug. It calls for no penalities for "qualifying patients, physicians and health care professionals, personal caregivers for patients, or medical marijuana treatment center agents for the medical use of marijuana."
  • An Act Relative to Death with Dignity: This initiative would allow physicians to prescribe medication to terminally ill patients that would end their lives. The act would require that patients are mentally capable of making this decision and orally communicating it to a doctor on two occasions 15 days apart. Participation by a doctor or health care facility would be voluntary.
  • An Act to Protect Motor Vehicle Owners and Small Businesses in Repairing Motor Vehicles: This initiative would require all car manufacturers to provide – on an equitable fair-market value subscription basis – all diagnostic and repair information for model years beginning in 2015 to owners or an owner’s designated in-state independent repair facility (not affiliated with a manufacturer or its authorized dealers). The law would also make available for purchase information for model years 2002 through 2014.
Patrick Shane July 12, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Estimates show that marijuana is America’s number one cash crop, making more money than corn and tobacco. However, marijuana remains untaxed. Over 500 of the nation’s top economic professors from prestigious schools such as Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago and George Mason University have shared their opinion in supporting the removing the prohibition and imposing the taxation and regulation of marijuana as a way to slow the federal deficit. Please join electedface.com and sign the petition at electedface.com supporting the taxation and regulation of marijuana. When you sign up for electedface members will automatically be connected to their state legislatures, allowing users to lobby their point of view in numbers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_tUy6fylQs
Michael July 12, 2012 at 05:56 PM
One can brew beer at home without being taxed or regulated. I'd advocate that individuals who enjoy the effects of marijuana have the same right to grow their own in a small scale manner in their garden, or shed. To have any other arrangement would be hypocritical and onerous. Why on earth would people be so foolish to endorse and support big business producing something that grows so readily? Imagine if big business and government enter the picture. You'll have the government supporting Monsanto's claim that you can't save seed, etc. etc. Keep business out of it. As soon as you remove the profit motive from the plant, all the negative issues around it disappear.

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