Also on the ballot in MA: Medical Marijuana. What do you think?Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 01:35
Apparently this is going to pass, as is the Right to Die. With the Medical Marijuana question, my understanding is that they don't want it to become a free-for-all, like it did in Colorado. They want tighter control over licensing both who can sell it, and who can get it. To wit, look at the conditions it is prescribed for:
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.
I don't see depression or insomnia on that list, though I'm sure they'd be happy to write you a pharmaceutical prescription for either of those (non)debilitating conditions.
Boston Magazine has had a cover story worrying about this on the stands for the last month. The author's vague worry is that with marijuana more available on the streets, he's likely to smoke more himself, and he doesn't think that's necessarily a good thing. It is a very self-indulgent article.
But it does raise the points that based on what happened in other cities, street prices tend to come down, and quality goes up, simply because there are leaks in the supply chain, looking to find the market. And considering that this is Massachusetts, the leaks in this supply train will be big enough to drive Mac trucks through!
Here's some more of the proposed law:
The proposed law would require DPH to issue a cultivation registration to a qualifying patient whose access to a treatment center is limited by financial hardship, physical inability to access reasonable transportation, or distance. This would allow the patient or caregiver to grow only enough plants, in a closed, locked facility, for a 60-day supply of marijuana for the patient’s own use.
In other words, they'll grant you a privilege to grow your own (a "cultivation registration"), under certain conditions. Everyone will be scrambling for one of these certificates. I can see the scam growing already.
But anyway - it is a step forward, and I'll take it.
What do you think? My home boy state Washington is about to legalize marijuana outright if I'm not mistaken. Along with Oregon I think. Anyone know?
Marijuana is reaching a tipping point. Good thing, or not?