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Voter guide lists spoof site calling medical marijuana gateway to ‘Twinkie addiction’

The committee opposing a state ballot measure that would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana submitted a Web address for the state voters’ guide created by the Secretary of State without registering it. Now that address is home to a spoof site declaring medical marijuana a gateway to “Twinkie addiction.”

“It’s funny and upsetting, I guess, at the same time,” said Kevin Sabet of Cambridge, a former Obama administration adviser on drug policy and a spokesman for the No on Question 3 committee.

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The group sent out a press release saying that proponents of medical marijuana were tampering with the democratic process through “underhanded efforts.”

But, Sabet acknowledged, the committee made a mistake.

The website includes a collage of celebrity faces, including Bill Clinton and John Stewart, declar­ing, “No marijuana smoker has ever been successful,” and satiric Onion-like articles with headlines such as, “Fact: The Boston Red Sox are in Last Place Because of Question 3.”

“There’s a reason they were eating fried chicken in the clubhouse,” it reads.

The voters’ guide is mailed to every household in the state and was shipped starting at the end of last week, said Brian McNiff, spokesman for the Secretary of State.

The vote-no campaign has now created an official site at MAVoteNoOnQuestion3.com, and the Web address in the online voter guide has been changed to that URL.

The Committee for Compassionate Medicine, which supports the medical marijuana measure, said it had nothing to do with the spoof site.

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