This November the voters of Massachusetts will have the opportunity to make their state the 18th to allow for the medical use of marijuana. According to Wickedlocal the Committee for Compassionate Medicine managed to turn in enough signatures in the second round of signature collection to have their initiative placed on the ballot. From Wickedlocal:
Massachusetts voters this fall will decide three statewide ballot questions on medical marijuana, assisted suicide and whether to give independent repair shops access to data now closely guarded by carmakers.
Proponents had to deliver more than 11,000 signatures to Secretary of State William Galvin’s office by July 3 to secure a place on the ballot. All three will go before voters, said Brian McNiff, a Galvin spokesman.
Massachusetts allows for only indirect initiatives. This means a campaign most first turn in enough signatures to have their initiative go to the state legislature before it can appear on the ballot. Since the legislature did not approve the initiative this session, the campaign then was able to exercise their option to collect another round of additional signatures to qualify their measure to appear directly before the voters.
If approved by the voters the initiative would permit patients to use marijuana for medical purposes and allow for the creation of state-regulated treatment centers where patients could obtain their medical marijuana.
Early indications are that the people are likely to vote to make this initiative law. A recent poll of Massachusetts by PPP
found voters overwhelmingly support the idea of legalizing medical marijuana. In the survey 57 percent of voters said they support legalizing medical marijuana, while just 33 percent of voters are opposed to the idea.