California voters pass Proposition 64 to legalize recreational marijuana

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Related: Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S.

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What does Hillary Clinton need to do to win over climate hawk voters?

 

 

 

 

This is big. Last night, the Democratic Party adopted a platform that includes the strongest environmental protection policies we’ve ever seen.

This is major news for our climate. The platform pledges to:

✓ Power the country with 100 percent clean energy by 2050
✓ Institute a “Climate Test” on federal infrastructure projects
✓ Uphold President Obama’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement

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Massachusetts Voters Deny Rights to Terminally-Ill People

Massachusetts Question 2 election results: 49% (yes) to 51% (no)

Despite strong early support for Death with Dignity in Massachusetts the final vote tally didn’t give more Americans another end-of-life option. In the end, the opponents’ enormous smear campaign based on fear and misinformation won the day. But the foundation for support has been built, and we’ll keep working to make sure voters in Massachusetts and other states get the facts they need for an open and honest debate about Death with Dignity.

Together, we’ve changed the entire conversation around end-of-life care policy reform. A little over a year ago, many people in Massachusetts and throughout New England started hearing about Death with Dignity laws for the first time, and since that time, the need for these carefully crafted laws has been a hot topic on television programs, news publications, blogs, editorial columns, and countless letters to editors.

Polls showed people were ready for a Death with Dignity law in Massachusetts, and many shared their stories with the public at an unprecedented level. One such person is Jim Carberry.  He, like so many of you who’ve come to support Death with Dignity, watched a loved one die a long, painful, and protracted death. His wife, Margie didn’t have the option to die on her own terms in the final stages of her terminal illness—something she so desperately wanted after her tumor aggressively returned in 2007.

She wanted to survive long enough to see their daughters graduate from high school and endured many invasive medical procedures to keep her body functional through those milestones. She was out of curative treatment options. Even after chemotherapy was no longer helping, she worked with her medical team to keep her body going.

Margie lived to see both of their daughters graduate, and through both graduations she was radiant, a proud mother who celebrated her daughters’ achievements. A week after graduation, she spoke with her family, clergy, and medical team and decided to remove her feeding tube and meet death on her terms.

Though she was ready, she suffered another five weeks before her body gave out. Margie wanted the option to shorten her suffering, but that option doesn’t yet exist in her state.

Margie wasn’t alone in her support for a Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act. Polls before the election showed a strong majority of peop

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Two-Thirds of Likely Voters Support Massachusetts Death with Dignity

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Another independent poll released this week showed winning support for the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative which will appear on the state’s November ballot. Tuesday’s poll conducted by Suffolk University and 7News, demonstrated 2/3 of likely voters would vote yes on the Death with Dignity initiative. The poll question had the same wording as what will appear on the November ballot:

Question #2 is the Prescribing Medication to End Life Proposed Law. A YES VOTE would enact the proposed law allowing a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person’s life. A NO VOTE would make no change in existing laws. At this point would you vote yes or no?

Yes………………………………….. 64%
No ………………………………….. 27%
Undecided…………………………. 10%

With just seven weeks before the general election, this poll echoes others indicating Bay Staters want more legal and safe options at the end of their lives. Learn more about what’s going on in Massachusetts from Dignity 2012 the coalition working in support of Death with Dignity. Most of us around the country don’t have the opportunity to vote on this issue, but but all eyes are on Massachusetts.

After all, the key to new Death with Dignity laws is an informed public. Your tax-deductible donation will help people in all states learn more about this critical end-of-life option. Please consider a gift today.

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Majority of Massachusetts Voters Support Death with Dignity

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If Massachusetts voters had their say today, they’d approve of their Death with Dignity initiative by a winning margin. A new independent Public Policy Poll showed 58% of Bay Staters would vote yes for Death with Dignity. The poll question had the same wording as what will appear on the November ballot:

Question 2 would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person’s life. If the election was today, would you vote yes or no on Question 2?

Yes………………………………….. 58%
No ………………………………….. 24%
Undecided…………………………. 18%

This is an excellent sign; however, the race is far from over. With 77 days left until the election, opponents who object to Death with Dignity based on their own moral beliefs will waste no time in firing up their lie machine in an effort to mislead voters.

The key to new Death with Dignity laws is an informed public. Will you help people in all states learn more about this critical end-of-life option with a tax-deductible donation today?

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