Fortunately for Massachusetts patients, they live in a democratic state. Cause if Attorney General Martha Coakley was calling the shots, medicinal marijuana would certainly not appear on November ballots.
Earlier this week, legislators approved a ballot question that will go in front of citizens for vote in November. If that bill is ratified by vote, Massachusetts will become the 17th medical marijuana state (albeit a heavily policed one).
The main point of contention in Massachusetts is that the law will be abused (those without ailments will get pot prescriptions), and it’s a point that Coakley loves to dwell on. Speaking to a local Boston radio station, Coakley reinforced her stance.
“My position is if this passes as a ballot question it’s going to cause a huge headache making sure it’s not abused. I think there are some problems with it.” [Boston.com]
Coakley also stated that the Attorney General’s office is “neutral” on the issue of legalization. But she makes up the backbone of that office and her remarks hardly seem neutral, particularly when you consider the fact that her camp (unsuccessfully) opposed decriminalization four years back.
Among her other complaints with the law are that it will be a “difficult and costly [one] to enforce.” Because when you’re an Attorney General, you don’t concern yourself with such menial issues as job procreation and a nationwide deficit–two obvious and automatic benefits her state’s program would come with.
Thankfully, if Massachusetts voters go green in November, Coakley won’t have a say in the matter. Whether or not she can use her lofty position to sway voters, well, that’s a question I leave to you.