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Medical Marijuana Initiative Continues to Poll Extremely Well in Massachusetts

With just over a month until the election Question 3, which would legalize medical marijuana in Massachusetts, continues to do extremely well in the polls. The latest Boston Globe poll found it ahead by a greater than 3-1 margin.

Boston Globe (9/21-27)
Another issue on the ballot concerns legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. If passed, Issue 3 would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by patients who have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating diseases. A YES vote on Issue 3 would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. A NO vote would make no change in existing laws.

Based on what you know about this issue, would you vote YES or NO on Issue 3 to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, or don’t you know enough about this to say?

Yes – 69%
No – 22%
Undecided – 5%

The initiative currently has majority support from all partisan groups and all age groups. Even senior citizens, who tend to be the least supportive of marijuana reforms, plan to vote for Question 3 by a 59-31 margin.

While all the public polling of the state this cycle have shown strong support for medical marijuana, this is the largest level of support for the initiative found by poll so far this year. Barring an unprecedented massive shift in public opinion it is basically guaranteed that Massachusetts voters are going to approve medical marijuana this November.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at