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Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Opponents Make A Big Political Blunder


massachusetts cannabisIn one of my favorite recent political events, anti-medical cannabis zealots, led by former Drug Czar aide Dr. Kevin Sabet, made a huge political mistake in their campaign against a medical marijuana legalization measure on the ballot this November in Massachusetts.  A “Yes” vote on Question 3 in the Bay State, will allow patients to utilize medical cannabis for their debilitating medical conditions and establish a licensed and regulated dispensary supply system.  Urging, voters to vote “No,”  these anti-medical marijuana folks listed their website as www.votenoonquestion3.org in the voters’ pamphlet mailed to every household in the state.

Medical marijuana opponents make a big political mistake in Massachusetts, providing cannabis activists with an opportunity to make political gains and to have a good laugh.

Urging voters in every Massachusetts household to go to www.votenoonquestion3.org seemed like a sensible enough plan for Dr. Sabet and his gang.  However, they made a huge mistake and forgot to actually register the website.  Thus, www.votenoonquestion3.org actually takes you to a spoof site lampooning anti-marijuana propaganda spouted by prohibitionists like Sabet.  Taking aim at the debunked gateway theory and the failed notion that marijuana users never amount to anything in life, the website is a political punch in the gut to Massachusetts medical marijuana opponents.

From our friends at Reason:

On Tuesday a savvy satirist registered the URL, where you can now find Onion-esque items with headlines such as “FACT: Marijuana Is the Gateway Drug to Twinkies,” “FACT: No Marijuana User Has Ever Been Successful” (above a collage of famous pot smokers’ photos), and “Elementary School Counselor Speaks Out Against Medical Marijuana” (quoting Mr. Mackey, the guidance counselor on South Park). No on Question 3 spokesman (and former ONDCP official) Kevin Sabet toldThe Boston Globe, “It’s funny and upsetting, I guess, at the same time.” No, it’s just funny.

Despite example after example of cannabis use not adversely affecting the lives of athletesartistsbusiness executivesscientists, and politicians, including Presidents of the United States, the stereotype of the lazy, absent-minded marijuana user is perpetuated by prohibitionists and the media.  For once, score one for the good guys as the prohibitionists make a huge political blunder and pro-cannabis activists swoop in to take advantage.  While Dr. Sabet and his ilk usually just increase the blood pressure of cannabis activists who are forced to combat an avalanche of misinformation, it is nice for them to give us all a good hearty laugh for once.

Article from National Cannabis Coalition and republished with special permission


About Author

Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.


  1. Just light up the blunt and relax , knowing that sooner or later Mary Jane will be legal !!!!!!!!!

  2. After reading bullshit media articles “marijuana , testical cancer”
    300 articles popped up over the next few days all quoting the original article .
    So if you repeat a lie long enough its still a lie ,
    Too bad the site didnt post Wikipedia , “PRISONS FOR PROFIT”, “RACIAL PROFILING”

  3. eligible bachelor on

    dude, its not that big of a deal. sorta douchy for you guys to create that site (even tho it was hilarious!)

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