Healthcare Business News

Ark. rejects medical marijuana; Mass. says OK

By Paul Barr
Posted: November 7, 2012 - 3:00 pm ET

In addition to efforts to prevent implementation of healthcare reform, a few state referendums also concerned medical marijuana, physician-assisted suicide, home healthcare workforce issues and Medicaid funding.

A referendum allowing medical marijuana was passed by voters in Massachusetts, but was defeated in Arkansas as voters in Montana agreed to replace an existing medical marijuana law with a stricter version.

In other referendums, Massachusetts failed to pass a referendum that would allow for physician-assisted suicide, though available results were still preliminary, and the state of Michigan did not pass a referendum that would have created a council to train, register and allow the collective bargaining of home healthcare workers.

Advertisement | View Media Kit


Louisiana voters, with 71% of the vote, passed a referendum that prohibits the state from using money in its Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly from being used to balance the budget.

The medical marijuana referendum in the Bay State received 63% of the vote, according to the Boston Globe, while the physician-assisted suicide referendum fell short with 49% of the vote.

Arkansas' medical marijuana referendum received less than 49% of votes, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures. And 57% of voters in Montana agreed to repeal and replace its existing medical marijuana law with one that has more restrictions, according to the NCSL.

What do you think?

Share your opinion. Send a letter to the Editor or Post a comment below.

Post a comment

Loading Comments Loading comments...



Switch to the new Modern Healthcare Daily News app

For the best experience of on your iPad, switch to the new Modern Healthcare app — it's optimized for your device but there is no need to download.