With measures failing to be taken up in the Legislature and advocates rallying support throughout the state, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on contentious issues such as medical marijuana come November.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin’s office said Wednesday that three proposals have gained enough support to be placed on this year’s ballot.
Initiatives include measures to legalize medical marijuana through a regulated system of drug dispensaries and patient identification cards. Another would provide “aid in dying,” which would allow adult Massachusetts residents who have been given a prognosis of six months or less to live to obtain drugs that would end their lives. It would not legalize euthanasia, meaning a third party could not perform the act; patients would have to ingest the pills themselves.
Source: Boston Globe