Voters okay medical marijuana, more auto repair info, hesitate on the assisted suicide question; Henriquez returned to Beacon Hill in the face of assault charges
On Tuesday, Boston voters gave their approval to the use marijuana for medical purposes and greater availability of auto repair information. A third question, on whether terminally ill patients should be allowed to end their own lives via medication, appeared to be headed toward defeat in the city and statewide.
State Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who represents the Fifth Suffolk District, picked up 77 percent of the vote, or 9,110 votes, while his opponent, Althea Garrison, a former state representative who frequently runs for office under various banners, received 22 percent, or 2,553 votes. Garrison, in ads and mailers before the election, had been hammering Henriquez over charges he has been fighting in court brought by a young woman who has accused him of assault. Henriquez has pleaded innocent.
Members of Dorchester’s delegation, including the neighborhood’s two Congressman, Michael Capuano (D-Somerville) and Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) were easily reelected.
The marijuana issue, Question 3 on the ballot, asked voters to decide if certain patients would be able to obtain marijuana for medical purposes through a network of state-regulated centers. “Yes” votes were getting about 69 percent of the vote in Boston, and 63 percent statewide as the tabulating proceeded.
Question 2, alternately called “death with dignity” or “assisted suicide,” was on track to lose in Boston, though the vote was close in late tallying, 51-49, a figure close to what statewide counting was showing.
Question 1, which pushed for requiring car manufacturers to allow owners and independent repair facilities to have access to the same car diagnostic and repair information that dealerships and other repair facilities are able to access, was approved in overwhelming fashion with 85 percent of the voters statewide and in Boston saying yes.