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Massachusetts Teaching Hospitals Pick Side in Marijuana Ballot Question



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    In this October 19, 2009, file photo, Dave Warden, a bud tender at Private Organic Therapy (P.O.T.), a non-profit co-operative medical marijuana dispensary, displays various types of marijuana available to patients on in Los Angeles.

    A coalition of the state's top teaching hospitals has come out in opposition to the proposed legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Massachusetts.

    The Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals on Monday announced that it has joined the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, an organization of law enforcement agencies, lawmakers, community leaders and others opposed to legalization.

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    The state's highest court has cleared the way for a question on the November ballot that would allow residents to vote on the issue. The measure would allow people 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of pot for recreational use and impose a 3.75 percent excise tax on retail marijuana sales.

    In their opposition, the hospitals cite the negative health effects and social costs of marijuana use.

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