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Governor Says He Will 'Probably' Vote Against Marijuana Ballot Question

The governor, during a live chat with Patch, expressed skepticism about the legalization of medical marijuana, though he sympathized with patients in pain.

Governor Deval Patrick said he would likely vote no on Question Three this fall.

During a Thursday live chat with Patch, a reader asked Patrick how he would vote on the ballot question and whether the governor was for or against the legalization of cannabis. 

"I am not too energized on this issue, personally. California's experience has been mixed. I will probably vote against it. I respect the opposing view, though, especially those whose concern is for people in constant pain," wrote the governor in response. 

Proponents say medical marijuana will help ease the pain and suffering of cancer patients and other eligible residents. Opponents, meanwhile, say the law is a back door to full legalization, and that medical marijuana can be dangerous.

If approved, Question Three would "eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients." Qualified patients would be allowed to hold a 60-day supply of marijuana for personal use.

California has allowed medical marijuana use for years, though it remains a contentious issue in the state. The state law has not prevented federal authorities from raiding medical marijuana clinics and shops, and impounding the product found there.

Mike Lash September 28, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I will be canceling his vote with mine.
Leonard Nicodemo September 28, 2012 at 02:28 PM
"I am not too energized on this issue, personally. California's experience has been mixed. I will probably vote against it. I respect the opposing view, though, especially those whose concern is for people in constant pain," What a joke of a statement from the Governor. I'm with you, Mike.
jason wert September 29, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I agree leonard. Lets be honest governor, you will probably vote against it because you & your political buddys have not yet figured out how you will make enough money off it. Doesn't eveything come down to the dollar these days? There is already an established income for opiate based drugs, we can just keep feeding them 2 our sick, after all they are safer than pot right??
John Dumas September 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM
What a mean bastard. Sympathy does not stop pain.
Jenni Schillizzi November 05, 2012 at 02:12 AM
As will I. What a selfish thing for the governor to do! Of course, officials usually are selfish until someone they love gets sick enough to need it.

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