Weed Should be Illegal–Here’s why & why you should vote “no” on Question 3

Weed Should be Illegal–Here’s why & why you should vote “no” on Question 3

[As printed in “The Fix, addiction and recovery straight up” November 2, 2012, Feature:]

According to this former Obama Administration advisor, the risks of legalization far outweigh the potential benefits—and he claims he’s got the data to prove it.

Tomorrow, voters in three states will decide whether or not marijuana should be legal. For some people, even those in recovery, marijuana use presents a net benefit in society. They believe that others can enjoy a joint once in a while without suffering significant consequences. For others, marijuana represents a serious health and social problem. I was senior advisor at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and this was the conflict we in the Obama Administration faced when we put together the President’s first drug strategy: What do we do about the “marijuana problem?”

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“Consider the Science” when you vote on medical marijuana says Dr. Knight

“Consider the Science” when you vote on medical marijuana says Dr. Knight

“There’s a lot at stake here,” cautions Dr. John Knight of Children’s Hospital. “I would urge you all to consider the science when you cast your vote.”

“Two factors predict marijuana usage rates among young people: Availability, and how harmful youth perceive the drug to be. If the medical marijuana statute for Massachusetts is passed, very potent marijuana will become far more available, and in states that have passed these laws the usage rates go way up.”  Watch the video…

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Another Poll Shows Support Dropping for MA Medical Marijuana

Another Poll Shows Support Dropping for MA Medical Marijuana

An October constituent calling poll shows support for Question 3, medical marijuana in Massachusetts, at just 54% with 37% opposed and 9% undecided.  In a statewide survey of 761 likely voters, and with a statistical margin of error of +/- 3.48%, this puts Question 3 at essentially even.

This substantial drop from previous polls is corroborated by a Public Policy Polling survey which reported a similar decline to 57% in support for Question 3.

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Teen pot use linked to later decline in IQ

A new, extensive study supports what addiction researchers have asserted for years: marijuana use is especially harmful to the developing brain and can cause irreversible damage. The study closely follows other new research that has found heavy diversion of so-called “medical marijuana” to youth.

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