Watch this video of patient Steve Saling explaining the need to pass the Medical Marijuana Initiative
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The ACLU is proud to have supported this measure to legalize the humanitarian use of medical marijuana. Thank you to everyone who voted yes!
This law will make patients safer and more secure, and will spare patients who are already seriously ill from having to deal with a black market to get a medication that helps them.
The law also gives doctors the right to speak openly with their patients about this valuable treatment option.
Important regulatory work for safety and security begins next. The new law does not go into effect until 1/2/13, and there is a 120-day period for making new regulations on how to implement the law. We are dedicated to making this the best and safest law in the country.
The passage of Question 3 makes Massachusetts the 18th state to enact such legislation--but it would make history as the most comprehensive, safe, secure, and compassionate law in the country.
The medical marijuana law takes the best practices from the 17 other states that have passed similar laws since 1996, while fixing the unintended consequences that other laws have created. The medical marijuana law will:
- allow doctors and patients to discuss the option of marijuana as a medicine, and allow doctors to write recommendations for medical marijuana to their bona-fide, long-term patients who would benefit from this medicine;
- have the Department of Public Health regulate and register both patients and independent, non-profit medical treatment centers where patients could obtain their medicine;
- require local nonprofits that want to open a medical treatment center to pay a registration fee, to cultivate medical marijuana locally in a secure, locked facility, and ensure that no more than five medical treatment centers are sited in any one county and no more than 35 are sited across the state;
- create a new felony for "defrauding the medical marijuana system" that could lead to a five-year prison sentence; and
- help seriously ill patients.
Please watch and share the video with Steve Saling--and thank you for joining the ACLU of Massachusetts in supporting medical marijuana in Massachusetts by voting YES on Question 3!