MMJ Would Create Huge Headache, Coakley Says
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MMJ Would Create Huge Headache, Coakley Says
Posted by CN Staff on April 12, 2012 at 11:49:32 PT
By The Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press
Massachusetts -- With a question poised to go before voters in the fall legalizing medical marijuana, Attorney General Martha Coakley on Thursday said she worried the policy proposal would be difficult and costly to enforce if it passes. “My position is if this passes as a ballot question it’s going to cause a huge headache making sure it’s not abused,” Coakley said during her monthly appearance on WTKK-FM.
Coakley’s office certified the question for the November ballot that would make Massachusetts the 17th state in the country to legalize medical marijuana. With lawmakers appearing reluctant to approve medical marijuana on their own before May 1, voters will likely be asked to weigh in on the issue four years after they overwhelming approved a ballot question in 2008 decriminalizing possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, making it a civil infraction punishable with a fine. A hearing on the ballot question was held earlier this week on Beacon Hill. Public Health Committee Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez said he was concerned that such a state law would contradict federal laws, opening up the possibility that a new presidential administration could choose to prosecute those who dispense the drug for medical purposes.The Obama Justice Department has been largely uninterested in bringing such cases. Supporters argue that marijuana can help alleviate the pain and symptoms for patients with chronic diseases, such as cancer. Coakley said the attorney general’ s office remains neutral on ballot question, but personally she worries that such a law would be expensive to safeguard against abuse by patients and doctors. “I think there are some problems with it,” Coakley said. Coakley and the state’s district attorneys opposed the marijuana decriminalization question in 2008. Opponents of the 2008 ballot law mounted an effort to defeat it shortly before election day, but came up short. Source: Associated Press (Wire)Published: April 12, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Associated PressCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 12, 2012 at 17:07:08 PT
You said it!
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Comment #3 posted by museman on April 12, 2012 at 17:00:41 PT
known cure for headaches
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Comment #2 posted by MikeEEEEE on April 12, 2012 at 16:54:05 PT
If you have ever worked for govt agenies, you will know how little these guys want to do. 
It is more of a headache to get off their fat asses.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on April 12, 2012 at 15:04:24 PT
Damn headaches.
Prohibitionist Attorney General Martha Coakley,Are you saying, one reason to cage sick citizens who use the God-given plant cannabis is because it is less of a "headache?"
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