Lawmakers, doctors, and others opposing a ballot question to legalize marijuana for medical use contended Monday that the question’s wording is flawed and would enable widespread recreational use of the drug. Gathered on the State House steps, they acknowledged public support for medical marijuana but said the question seeks to play on compassion for those suffering from debilitating illnesses in hopes of ultimately decriminalizing marijuana for all. Legalization supporters countered that tight state regulations would fill gaps in the ballot question.
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