“Marijuana Only for the Sick? A Farce, Some Angelenos Say”

So reads the the headline in the October 7, 2012 article at nytimes.com.

As medical marijuana in Massachusetts is to be decided on November 6th by the state’s voters, we would do well to consider the failure in other states that led Rev. Scott Remler, the co-author of the California ballot proposition to bemoan the reality recently, “Most of the dispensaries operating in California are little more than dope dealers with store fronts.”

The New York Times article recounts the struggle that California is facing years after legalizing medical marijuana in 1996.  Here are a few quotes from the article:

“Despite years of trying fruitlessly to regulate medical marijuana, California again finds itself in a marijuana-laced chaos over a booming and divisive industry.”

“These are folks who are just out to protect their profits, and they do that by having as little regulation or oversight as possible…”

Before we vote on Question 3 in Massachusetts, we would be wise to read this article and the dozens of others coming out of the other medical marijuana states.  We can prevent this chaos before it begins by voting No on Questions 3 on November 6th, 2012.

Massachusetts is being duped by the same out-of-state financiers of this nationwide push for legalization.  And in Massachusetts, we are susceptible to the same pitfall the New York Times article reports in California where “vague state laws governing medical marijuana have allowed recreational users of the drug to take advantage of the dispensaries.”

Proponents of Question 3 in Massachusetts claim the law will be better written to prevent these types of abuse, however, nothing in the ballot question suggests this is true.  While 35 store fronts are cited in the question, the number is carefully qualified as “in 2013″ and leaves it wide open as to the ultimate number in the future.

And, when regulations usually take years to draft and promulgate, the ballot question would allow growing and using to begin as immediately as January 1, 2013  regardless of whether or not there is a law in place to properly regulate it.

Here are 3 Reasons to Vote No.