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    On the ballot in Massachusetts this November

    ASSISTED SUICIDE

    Arguments for:

     Humane option to alleviate suffering at the end of life.

     In Oregon and Washington, patients infrequently choose to use end-of-life drugs.

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    Arguments against:

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     Fragile patients could be coerced to end their lives.

     Compromises the role of physicians and their commitment to preserving life.

    MEDICAL MARIJUANA

    Arguments for:

     Can relieve painful symptoms for patients with chronic conditions.

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     Restricted to those with doctor’s permission.

    Arguments against:

     Could increase access to drugs for general public.

     Unnecessary, since small amounts of marijuana are ­already decriminalized.

    RIGHT TO REPAIR

    Arguments for:

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     Levels playing field for independent auto body shops.

     Would give consumers more options for car repair.

    Arguments against:

     Could force redesign of ­vehicles to fit new rules.

     Independent shops can ­already purchase the same equipment as dealerships.