Student Thoughts on Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts
Published: Monday, October 29, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 23:10
On November 6, 2012, Massachusetts voters will not only cast their votes for the Presidential, Senate, and other races, but they will also decide the fate of three ballot questions.
Among those questions, ballot question three, or the medical marijuana initiative is a topic creating much discussion. The initiative looks to legalize marijuana for medical use if voted “Yes” by a majority.
Since it's often a controversial topic, and many voters are still unsure, The Suffolk Voice interviewed students to gather thoughts on both sides of the issue.
“Marijuana as a painkiller is less addictive than other painkillers prescribed by doctors,” replied a junior at Suffolk who feels the initiative should be passed.
“Massachusetts has been given the moniker ‘Oxychusetts’ because of the rampant pill epidemic,” said another student who wished to remain anonymous. “Legalizing marijuana for medical use will surely cut down on that.”
A third student said, “I feel they should legalize it, but the tax they are proposing seems unreasonable.”
Although many students questioned advocated the legalization of marijuana for medical use, many felt that loopholes in the wording of the initiative would lead to more problems than they would solve.
“The wording of the initiative seems weak,” said another Suffolk University student. “What happens if they put dispensaries in Provincetown and Burlington? Does that mean that everyone in between can grow pot legally if they have an excuse?”
Another student added, “Sure it’s less harmful than alcohol, but what’s the next drug that they’ll legalize? Heroin? Cocaine? This initiative needs to be stopped before things get out of hand. You give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile.”
“We’re all going to become stoners. This is bad,” a freshman claimed.
The lines are drawn on this issue. There can only be one winner between advocates and the opposition, and that winner will be decided on Election Day.
Just as a reminder, a “Yes” vote on question three would legalize marijuana for medical use; while a “No” vote would keep existing laws in place that currently prohibit any use of marijuana.