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Pot supporters say ballot question about fairness

Pot supporters say ballot question about fairness

Pols in favor say it's a matter of racial justice as well as new revenue

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS PROPONENTS GATHERED outside the State House Wednesday to urge support for marijuana legalization and condemn arguments against it as rooted in fear, opponents of a ballot question to allow the adult use of marijuana released a list of 119 members of the Legislature opposing legalization. Massachusetts voters will decide at(...)

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Too many opioid prescriptions get written

Too many opioid prescriptions get written

Partial-fill legislation is step in right direction

CONGRESS HAS HELPED MASSACHUSETTS and the nation take another step forward in the battle against prescription drug abuse. The Comprehensive Recovery and Addiction Act (CARA), a bipartisan effort incorporating several pieces of legislation targeted at opioid abuse, has been passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate, and President Obama has signed it into law. A(...)

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Top pols say just vote no

Top pols say just vote no

Officials focus on impact on kids in opposing pot ballot question

THE STATE’S TOP elected officials from both sides of the aisle made a powerful political appeal to oppose the ballot question that would legalize the adult use and commercial sale of marijuana: Vote no for the kids. At the William J. Ostiguy Recovery High School in downtown Boston, a facility aimed at students with addiction(...)

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SJC hears appeals on marijuana ballot question

SJC hears appeals on marijuana ballot question

Critics say referendum full of hidden exemptions, misleading info

OPPONENTS OF THE BALLOT QUESTION to legalize marijuana argued before the state’s highest court Wednesday that the initiative should be shelved for a number of reasons, including the fact that architects of the referendum slipped in a provision to let nonprofit medical marijuana facilities cash in by getting preferential treatment for retail licenses. In addition,(...)

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Senate nixes med marijuana fees for vets

Senate nixes med marijuana fees for vets

Measure filed after vet protested outside State House

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Veterans who qualify to access medical marijuana through the state’s dispensary program would no longer have to pay annual registration fees under a rider that the Senate tacked onto its fiscal 2017 budget Tuesday night. The amendment was sponsored by Sens. Jason Lewis and Vinny deMacedo, both members of a Senate(...)

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Medical pot dispensaries can cash in with ballot question

Medical pot dispensaries can cash in with ballot question

Nonprofits get first crack at licenses, exemptions under referendum

THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY in Massachusetts, which has been struggling to get off the ground, could hit the jackpot if voters this fall approve a ballot question legalizing the commercial sale and recreational use of the drug. The ballot question gives the operators of medical marijuana dispensaries, even those who have only filed applications for a(...)

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Medical marijuana could ease opioid crisis

Medical marijuana could ease opioid crisis

Lack of dispensaries leads many in pain to use drugs

THE CAMPAIGN TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA for recreational use in Massachusetts is dominating headlines and polls while drawing some strong opposition from important people. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Gov. Charlie Baker are all saying the ballot question should not be passed into law. But regardless of where you stand on recreational(...)

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AAA says marijuana OUI laws useless

AAA says marijuana OUI laws useless

Auto club research says there is no standard to determine impairment

THE RESEARCH ARM of AAA says states that set legal limits for marijuana driving impairment have no scientific basis for the standards and urged a national effort to adopt uniform tests to ensure road safety. “Legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science, which could result in unsafe motorists going free(...)

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The gateway debate over marijuana

The gateway debate over marijuana

Science favors backers of legal pot, fear favors opponents

CHRIS LOWE, A 41-year-old carpenter on Martha’s Vineyard, has smoked pot since his early 20s, both legally and illegally. When he lived in Montana, he had a certificate to grow, sell, and use medical marijuana until the state changed its laws. He says he qualifies for medical marijuana in Massachusetts, but doesn’t bother because the bureaucracy(...)

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On weed, let’s stick to the facts

Facts are in short supply in the increasingly polarized debate over legalizing marijuana, which is why Jack Sullivan’s piece today in CommonWealth is refreshing. The article suggests the inability of law enforcement officials to test for marijuana impairment is a real problem, but also points to studies indicating a marijuana high isn’t the same as(...)

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