Massachusetts Family Institute opposes both Question 2 and Question 3 on the November ballot.
Question 2 – Physician-Assisted Suicide
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- Question 2 is poorly written, confusing and flawed. It lacks safeguards, poses a safety risk, and omits critical rules for mental health counseling and treatment.
- Predicting the end of life within six months is difficult, and doctors know this kind of prognosis is just an educated guess. According to the AMA Journal, upwards of 30% of lifespan forecasts are incorrect.
- The Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Osteopathic Society OPPOSE physician-assisted suicide, and call for providing comfort, compassion, and medications as necessary to alleviate pain and suffering at the end of life.
- Assisted suicide is not a quality of life issue. Current law gives every patient the right to refuse lifesaving treatment and to have adequate pain relief, a field that has made tremendous progress.
- Insurance companies and government-controlled health care will have a financial incentive in recommending death over true care.
- Doctor-prescribed suicide would blur the line between natural death and medical manslaughter.
- Question 2 DOES NOT require patients requesting life-ending prescriptions to meet with a psychologist or psychiatrist. 90% of individuals who attempt suicide suffer from underlying mental health issues.
- Any doctor would be allowed to prescribe the deadly dose, including dermatologists, podiatrists, and other physicians with areas of practice far removed from terminal illnesses. Doctor shopping is common in Oregon where assisted suicide is legal.
- The proposed safeguards against abuse are insufficient. Enforcement provisions, investigation authority, oversight, or data verification are not included in the act. This is a recipe for elder abuse as a required witness to consent could be a beneficiary or heir.
- Legalization of Physician Assisted Suicide leads to an increase in overall suicide rates (assisted suicides not included), as is the case in Oregon.
- Massachusetts Family Institute recognizes and respects the inherent dignity of every human life from conception until natural death.
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Question 3 – Medical Marijuana
- If approved, Question 3 would allow marijuana shops virtually anywhere in the state, authorize the growing of marijuana by both the shops and individuals, and allow a person to possess a 60-day supply.
- Being at least 21-year-old and have no felony drug convictions are the ONLY requirements to operate a marijuana shop.
- The Massachusetts Medical Society opposes Question 3 stating that “there is insufficient scientific information about the safety of marijuana, when used for ‘medical purposes.’”
- There are FDA approved medical alternatives to marijuana that offer the same relief from pain and other medical symptoms.
- Marijuana contains 50% to 70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco and is associated with increased risk of cancer, lung damage, bacterial pneumonia, and poor pregnancy outcomes. The prescribing of marijuana by physicians may lead the public to believe that it is safe and effective.
- Medical use will increase the chances of the drug falling into the hands of children. Youth in MA are already using marijuana 30% more than in other states. Data from California indicate that 70% of youth using marijuana have obtained it via a ‘prescription.’
- Impaired driving under the influence of marijuana would increase, leading to a significant public safety danger.
- Adults who are early marijuana users are found to be 5x more likely to become dependent on any drug, 8x more likely to use cocaine, and 15x more likely to use heroin later in life.
- Marijuana use is strongly correlated with juvenile crime and contributes to delinquent and aggressive behavior. Marijuana use by teenagers has been proven to cause long-term impairments to mental capacity, including a drop in IQ.
- ‘Medical’ pot shops will lead to more drug consumption and abuse – and with measurable consequences. Use of drugs leads to violence, crime and a variety of other vices.
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