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Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 2:24 am | Updated: 12:58 am, Sat Nov 3, 2012.

Inundated for months by political ads for the presidential and congressional races, Massachusetts' voters heard little from the campaigns opposing and supporting controversial ballot questions to legalize medical marijuana and physician-assisted suicide.

That has changed in the last two weeks.

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1 comment:

  • rationalhuman posted at 9:15 am on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    rationalhuman Posts: 1

    "The group spending the least amount of money is Vote No on Question 3, which opposes medical marijuana. The committee has raised $3,350 since July. Its biggest donors are the Massachusetts Major Cities Police Association and the Middlesex Chiefs of Police."

    Who's zooming who? The Mass. Prevention Alliance, created and run by Federal and State anti-drug grant recipients including Heidi Heilman and Carol Read has been coyly operationg outside of OFCP rules since at least early this year. In addition to the "volunteer" efforts of these government-funded individuals, they have had promotional support from Kevin Sabet, PhD., a former consultant to the federal drug czar's office. They also received legislative and litigation support from Mass. Family Life.

    Meanwhile, grassroots supporters of medical cannabis have worked on Beacon Hill for over a decade, only to have legislation conveniently stalled in committee.

    The real money and power in this campaign is on the side of the status quo. If their arguments held up to scrutiny, they most certainly would not be in the minority in the polls.

    Question 3 is solely about providing safe, effective medicine to the ill. Change on this issue must come at the state level, and in Massachusetts, it's up to the voters.