Call it a governmental gaffe, or label it a complete coincidence, either way, millions of Massachusetts residents sent information about voting down a ballot question to legalize medical marijuana were directed to a spoof-website that poked fun at common myths associated with smoking the drug.
According to the State House News Service, the Secretary of State’s office mailed out loads of voter guides to constituents in the Bay State this week to keep them informed on “Question Number 3” on this November’s ballot, but in those guides were references to a reefer-friendly website.
If it passes, Question 3 would let dispensaries sell medical marijuana to patients with debilitating illnesses without criminal repercussions in the Bay State.
Boston resident Scott Gacek told the News Service he created VoteNoOnQuestion3.org on a whim after organizers of the “Vote No on Question 3” campaign never registered the domain.
State officials said the domain was purchased after the voter’s guide was already mailed out to residents.
“This shows how disorganized they are that they don’t even register a website. You would think you would try to make sure that website was accurate, and buy the domain,” Gacek said, calling the incident a “funny coincidence.”
Gacek told the News Service that he didn’t know the site was printed on the voter guides.
On his site, which pokes fun and makes satirical commentary about arguments people use when they are against marijuana reform, readers will find faux-information like “medical marijuana is the gateway drug to Twinkie addiction.”
Other sassy-stories include ones titled “No marijuana smoker has ever been successful,” and “The Mayans believed the world will end in 2012 because of marijuana.”
Gacek, a proponent of marijuana reform, said he is “simply a voter who will vote yes on Question 3” and didn’t know it was the website the question’s opponents wanted to purchase.
“My goal with the website was basically to poke fun at the arguments that are typically brought up,” he said.
Massachusetts would become the 17th state, along with Maine and Rhode Island, to allow medical marijuana use if the measure passes in November, according to the State House News Service report.
Opponents of the law who intended to have the flier debunk marijuana reform told the News Service they were “hijacked” and it was a deliberate “sabotage” of their efforts, however.
“Marijuana is not medicine, no way, no how. It is ludicrous,” Dr. Jay Broadhurst told the News Service. “The bottom line is if our commonwealth wants to have a debate and discussion about legalizing marijuana then let’s do that.”
This weekend, those in favor of the measure can learn more about what it would do in the state by attending the 23rd Annual MassCann/NORML Freedom Rally on Boston Common.