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NOTE: I WROTE THIS DIARY BEFORE LOOKING AT YESTERDAY'S POLLS ON THE MA SENATE RACE!  I HAD IT SCHEDULED TO GO LIVE TODAY!

Surprise, surprise.  Scott Brown doesn't support the medicinial marijuana bill that is on the ballot this November:

http://www.masslive.com/...

Now here's Brown's thoughts on the bill:

Brown said he's opposed to a question that would legalize the medical use of marijuana.

Brown said he sympathizes with people who are suffering but said the proposed law is too broad. The measure calls for the state to register up to 35 nonprofit medical treatment centers to distribute the marijuana. - 9/14/12

So the fact that Brown is against medicinal marijuana doesn't seem like big news on the surface.  But the bill has the majority support of Massachusetts voters:

http://www.masslive.com/...

Sixty percent of Bay State voters said they support allowing terminally ill people to legally obtain medication to end their lives, according to the latest survey from Western New England University Polling Institute in partnership with The Republican and MassLive.com.

Sixty-four percent of voters, meanwhile, backed legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes and 27 percent opposed the idea, according to the survey of 504 registered voters conducted from May 29 to 31. - 6/4/12

Like in MA, marijuana-based propositions and initiatives have solid leads in the polls:

http://cannabis.hawaiinewsdaily.com/...

In Massachusetts, voters will decide on Question 3, a statewide proposal that seeks to allow for the physician-recommended possession and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. - 9/14/12
In Massachusetts, a majority of likely voters support Question 3. A Public Policy Polling survey released in August reported that 58 percent of respondents favor the measure versus only 27 percent who oppose it. - 9/14/12
Now I know you're probably asking what does medical marijuana have to do with the Senate race.  Well, this diary written by cordgrass made a point how medicinal marijuana being on the ballot could benefit Warren's campaign:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

Now Warren has been taking PPP and other political experts advice in changing up her campaign ads to heart:

http://www.dailykos.com/...


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Warren has been mum on the issue but I think if she came out in support of the medicinal marijuana initiative, it could help her win the race.  What do you guys think?    Vote in the poll below.  I think she should back the initiative and could help her win the youth vote.  if you think so, Tweet Warren and please donate to her campaign:

Warren's Twitter:
http://twitter.com/...

Warren's ActBlue page:
https://secure.actblue.com/...

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans.

Poll

Should Elizabeth Warren support medicinal marijuana legalization in Massachusetts?

90%55 votes
9%6 votes

| 61 votes | Vote | Results

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  •  get out the (stoner) vote! (3+ / 0-)
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    One Pissed Off Liberal, jbob, ardyess

    legalization bills are a great voter registration tool!

    Die with your boots on. If you're gonna try, well stick around. Gonna cry? Just move along. The truth of all predictions is always in your hands. - Iron Maiden

    by Cedwyn on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 10:33:23 AM PDT

  •  I am opposed to medical marijuana too. (3+ / 0-)
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    ardyess, Calamity Jean, EthrDemon

    But it's because it's a screen for young people who want to smoke dope. When you have 17-year-old boys in rude good health with medical marijuana cards, I think someone is being a little disingenuous. So, if Elizabeth Warren really wants to stand up for intelligent drug policy, let her just publicly say what everyone knows: marijuana prohibition is a joke. Just repeal the laws on marijuana. Just let it go. There was a war; prohibition lost. Let's see some Democrats get up and say out loud that the drug war in general and marijuana prohibition in particular is a total failure. Now, that would be a courageous stance.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 10:41:28 AM PDT

    •  your title is a bit misleading (3+ / 0-)
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      GRLionsFan, Calamity Jean, EthrDemon

      but after reading the rest of your post...... SPOT ON!......

      Washington State and Colorado (where I now live) have propositions on the ballot decriminalizing marijuana, and in the vaguest terms, treating it like alcohol.  Let's hope that they both pass, as it looks like it in both states.  

      In the meantime..... since I do have my license, excuse me while I go get medicated.....

      :)

      •  Does that card exempt you from drug testing (2+ / 0-)
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        ardyess, spacecadet1

        in the workplace?

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 11:12:57 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  As are many people (0+ / 0-)

          I am unemployed right now, with my benefits all gone.  

          Fortunately, I'm lucky in that through many good connects that I've developed throughout the years, I'm barely but fairly secured, and live minimally with my wife, and muster up just enough $$$$ to avoid further negative consequences.  Being quite older, jobs are almost impossible to get match-wise for a person of my education and experience (not wanting to appear as if I'm better than anyone else or anything like that, but I'm better off not working for minimum wage or barely over at present).  But if somehow a match of job to my job level were to be there for me, I would gladly take it.  

          The above being said, I don't have (and glad about it) to worry about that at this time.  And if something along unemployment lines were to be fruitful for me, I'm not quite sure what the answer would be......

        •  no, it does not exempt you from the whiz quiz/nt (0+ / 0-)

          Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List-686 pages of hyperlinks in PDF format Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift and that's why it's called "The Present".

          by elkhunter on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:21:37 PM PDT

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    •  God, that just makes NO sense, but you do (8+ / 0-)

      manage to find the correct answer despite some very bizarre logic.

      Medical marijuana IS NOT JUST A SMOKESCREEN for 'young people who want to smoke dope" That's reefer madness right there.

      Medical marijuana WORKS and ANYBODY who has a card who DOESN'T REALLY DESERVE IT is breaking the law just like somebody who forges a prescription.

      Just because people scam a system doesn't meant the system is bad.

      Marijuana never should have been illegal. There is NO salient or defensible reason to justify the horseshit that is perpetrated in the lie about 'saving lives'.

      None.

      As long as 400000 Americans die each year from alcohol and tobacco, there's no reason for marijuana - which DOESN"T KILL PEOPLE - to be so demonized nor is there any reason for so many people to have just zero understanding of it.

      Relegalize it, regulate it, do a better job of keeping it out of kids' hands, deglamorize it.

      it will come to pass that the only people who were against relegalizing marijuana were 'intellectually underfunded'.

      Smart people figured it out.

      Stupid people protect marijuana's illegality.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 11:11:14 AM PDT

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      •  I actually know someone in the u.k. who has (0+ / 0-)

        done studies of medical marijuana use and he has no doubt it works. In addition, he found that those using medical marijuana generally use the minimum amount necessary and considered the "buzz" they got from it was a negative side effect

        "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

        by voroki on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 11:16:51 AM PDT

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        •  I am not saying that it doesn't. (0+ / 0-)

          I am saying that some huge majority of so-called "medical" marijuana is not used for medical purposes. It's a bit like people claiming that breast augmentations are primarily about post-mastectomy reconstruction. Yeah, right. But it's kind of a moot point since I don't believe in having laws against marijuana use anyway. I just dislike the pretense involved.

          For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

          by Anne Elk on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 11:27:21 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  And what do you base the statement that (0+ / 0-)

            most so called medical marijuana is not used for medical purposes? And you base this on what. Marijuana is readily available everywhere and most people who use it recreationally don't get it from people who sell for medical purposes.  I would guess the vast majority of medical marijuana is used by people who need it.

            "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

            by voroki on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 11:53:38 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Well, there's (0+ / 0-)

              this, for example, and others.

              But, you misunderstand me. I am not saying that marijuana doesn't have therapeutic properties. We are violently in agreement. I am just saying that the enthusiasm that the proponents of medical marijuana demonstrate really reflects more their recreational intention than their therapeutic concerns. It's really an objection to the subterfuge involved.

              For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

              by Anne Elk on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:28:15 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

          •  recreational users (0+ / 0-)

            are benefiting from the medicinal value...whether they realize it or not.   the endocannabinoid system does not differentiate between recreational and therapeutic use.

            Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List-686 pages of hyperlinks in PDF format Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift and that's why it's called "The Present".

            by elkhunter on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:37:29 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

      •  Well, maybe it's bizarre logic, (0+ / 0-)

        but your statement

        ..and ANYBODY who has a card who DOESN'T REALLY DESERVE IT is breaking the law.

        That's being a little naive, isn't it. A friend's son has one. He is perfectly healthy and his card is for treatment of his "anxiety". In truth, I don't think I ever met a less anxious person in my life. I have known this young man his entire life, and anxiety is definitely not his problem. I wish he did have a bit of anxiety! He might get off his ass.

        This is a situation not unlike the Prohibition era when MD's made a nice supplement from their licenses to sell alcohol for "medicinal" purposes. That's yet another reason I am opposed to the laws on this subject.

        For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

        by Anne Elk on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 11:32:47 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  I DO agree that it needs to be Democrats (2+ / 0-)
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      wu ming, elkhunter

      fixing this situation.

      Dems should get the glory.

      Repubs are just too stupid to understand they'd get a boost by simply hypocritically relegalizing it, even though they are the ones who benefit most from it staying illegal.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 11:21:31 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Republicans oppose any marijuana reforms (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ardyess, wu ming, Calamity Jean, elkhunter

    as one of their only examples of "principle".

    Marijuana prohibition TOTALLY belongs to the GOP.

    The only thing Dems have complicity with is their invariable and very predictable CAVING IN to republicans on the issue: Dems do NOT share the slobberingly stupid mentality the repubs bring to this travesty of an issue.

    Dems SHOULD be ending reefer madness JUST to harm the GOP.

    But no....... too weak and fearful.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 11:03:31 AM PDT

    •  Hell, some republicans want to make it illegal (4+ / 0-)
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      Losty, Zwoof, spacecadet1, elkhunter

      for you to smoke pot in countries where it is legal and to arrest you when you return.

      Republicans are to blame for reefer madness, are to blame for marijuana still being illegal.

      Democrats are to blame to the extent they just allow this to go on. Every excuse they make for not dealing with it just makes it worse.

      If repubs didn't have a big hard-on for marijuana, it would be legal again: dems are just MIA on this.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 11:18:58 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  MA doesn't already have medical marijuana? (1+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO

    wow. now that i look at it, it's startling how regional medical marijuana laws are:

    west: AK, HI, WA, OR, CA, NV, AZ, MT, CO, NM
    midwest: MI
    east: ME, VT, RI, CT, NJ, DE, DC

  •  Medical Marijuana is also used for (0+ / 0-)

    soldiers with PTSD.  Find one, put him in a campaign ad.

    Independents are republicans who're squeamish about genocide.

    by sujigu on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:12:10 PM PDT

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