Legalized pot at odds with admin

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — Massachusetts’ answers to two controversial statewide ballot questions are at odds with the Patrick administration.  Voters rejected Question 2, which proposed to legalize doctor-prescribed life ending drugs.  For many people the decision was personal.

“I voted for it,” said Governor Deval Patrick.  “I see the argument on the other side.  My vote for it was very personal, having to do with my experience with my mom at the end of her life when I was just starting my campaign actually for governor the first time and my experience with my grandmother some years before.”

Patrick said he would not push lawmakers to pursue the legislation further.

In a statement, the Massachusetts Medical Society said “We are pleased that the majority of voters agree that a physician’s role is to heal and comfort, not to aid in death.”

On Question 3, Massachusetts voted yes to legalizing medical marijuana.  Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray opposes the question.  He’s said he’ll urge lawmakers to consider a serious re-write of the law.

“You know I’m disappointed and you know our job will be to implement it.  You know we’ll see what the Legislature does in terms of whether they take it up, make some revisions or changes, but you know it passed and it’ll be the administration’s job to implement it,” said Murray.

Question 1 “Right To Repair”, which requires manufacturers to share car repair data with independent garages, was also approved. But since a similar law passed earlier this year, state lawmakers must now confront the problem of having two such laws on the books.  The Legislature will have to reconcile the two Right To Repair bills when they return to the State House in January. 

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