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Letter | Legalized Marijuana

Bids to revamp Question 3 subverts voters’ will

Different strains of marijuana were displayed during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market last week.

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Different strains of marijuana were displayed during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market last week.

Your editorial page lends support to state Senator John Keenan’s thinly varnished attempt to subvert the will of 63 percent of Massachusetts’ voters who favor medical marijuana (“State should assign marijuana from warehouses, not stores,” Editorial, 2/7).

Keenan states a concern that the law runs afoul of federal law as one reason for his bill. He would limit cultivation to 10 large sites. Wouldn’t that pose an inviting challenge to federal prosecutors looking to make 10 busts?

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Keenan’s bill would require courier services to deliver cannabis, but neither the Postal Service nor any recognized national carrier will.

Like Keenan, the Globe opposed Question 3 and would now join the paternalistic efforts of a small minority who claim voters are incapable of understanding what they voted for.

Voters approved a medical marijuana plan that includes dispensaries. They also entrusted doctors with patient eligibility determinations, rather than calling for prescriptions to be monitored by the state.

Any attempt to change the clear language of the ballot initiative prior to rule-making nullifies the democratic process.

Jamie Leaver

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