On November 6, 2012, Massachusetts voted in favor of Question 3, effectively legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana for patients with debilitating diseases. With the passing of Question 3, Massachusetts has became the 18th state in the country to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.
According to Boston.com, in the state of Massachusetts, 63 percent of those who voted were in favor of Question 3, while 37 percent of voters voted against medical marijuana.
As we detailed in an earlier article outlining the ballot questions, in order to qualify for medical marijuana, the patient would have to be “diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV-positive status or AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, or multiple sclerosis.”
Additionally, the patient would also have to obtain “a written certification, from a physician with whom the patient has a bona fide physician-patient relationship, that the patient has a specific debilitating medical condition and would likely obtain a net benefit from medical use of marijuana.”
Under Question 3, the state can legally open 35 medical marijuana dispensaries under the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In conjunction with the passage of Question 3, criminal and civil penalties for the use of marijuana by qualifying patients will be eliminated in the Bay State.
Of course, Bostonians took to Twitter to both celebrate and commiserate the approval of Question 3 last night and this morning. Many tweets were short and simple, praising the state for voting “yes” on the ballot question and alluding to their celebrations. Others reminded peers that Massachusetts is still “behind” other states like Colorado, which passed Amendment 64, legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Other tweeters noted that if you don’t have a medical card to obtain marijuana in Massachusetts it’s still not legal here.
Check out some of the Twitter reactions of Bostonians below. What to do you think of the approval of Question 3?