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New Jersey Is Going To Pot

It seems the issue of legalizing medical marijuana will be discussed in the New Jersey legislature on Monday, January 11.

In full disclosure, I have never followed nor thoroughly researched the medicinal properties or pharmacological effects of this drug.

I have just read, in passing, that marijuana provides documented relief for people afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis, glaucoma, and nausea due to chemotherapy, to name a few.

Never having actually gotten "high" from marijuana before, I cannot attest to what may be its "desired" recreational effects, but, I do know a little about having a medical problem for which legally proscribed drugs have helped alleviate very uncomfortable and very real painful symptoms.

Hell, if I thought it would help me get through a debilitating illness, I would gladly drink gasoline if I knew it would would work.

It is with this viewpoint that I cannot really understand the opposition to legalizing marijuana strictly for medicinal purposes.

Many state that marijuana has not been adequately studied as per what specific benefits it may produce for the corresponding illness for which it would be used.

Hogwash.

The government and scientists have had their hands in classifying the effects that this drug produces on human beings, reliably, for at least a century. They know what it does, how it does it, and what its limits are.

It makes no sense to me that chemotherapy, the introduction of harmful chemicals to ones cancer, and radiation treatment, both of which have terrible side effects and risks involved, can be valid and accepted forms of treatment for cancer, yet the use of medicinal marijuana causes hysterics among politicians, medical groups, and ill-informed citizens.

The only possible negative I could see would be having the government responsible for regulating it, since, from my perspective, most everything the government tries to control ends up ruined.

Never-the-less, a society which holds compassion for its sick and infirmed should not create such a volatile mix of emotions, propaganda, and manufactured outrage toward something which can be a possible wonder drug for so many suffering individuals who have all types of debilitating illnesses.

New Jersey does alot of things wrong to its citizenry.

Maybe we'll get this one right.


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It is with this viewpoin... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

It is with this viewpoint that I cannot really understand the opposition to legalizing marijuana strictly for medicinal purposes.

Simple: There is already a prescription drug, Marinol, which is made from the active ingredient (THC) of marijuana. This "legalize marijuana" business is just an excuse to be able to smoke your weed without getting arrested.

Same with the whole "hemp" movement.


Fock U asshole..... (Below threshold)
Ahnold T2:

Fock U asshole..

Yeah, and a month supply on... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Yeah, and a month supply only costs $800-1000, James. Good luck to you should you have the need to use it.

(Oh, and you might be disappointed to learn it doesn't work nearly as well)

MarijuanaLobby.com is a soc... (Below threshold)

MarijuanaLobby.com is a social-networking portal built primarily for those who otherwise worry about openly supporting United States Marijuana legalization.

The numbers don't lie: if an estimated $35+ billion a year is spent on Marijuana in the US, who amongst us is not showing your support for legalization? Who amongst us are Dr's, Lawyers, Judges, Politicians, and professionals who are otherwise law-abiding-tax-paying United States citizens -- and really fearful about supporting Marijuana legalization?

"United States Marijuana consumers are really stuck, as many are afraid to even mention the topic of legalization." - MarijuanaLobby.com

MarijuanaLobby.com: Show your support for legalizing Marijuana now, don't delay, no more excuses...

Hate to break to you, but n... (Below threshold)
Brett Buck:

Hate to break to you, but no matter how many local laws you have, it's still a Class 1 controlled substance and a federal felony to sell it or possess it. There are plenty of more effective and safe legal drugs for any effect is has. "Medical marijuana" is just a bunch of druggies rationalizing their addictions.

James Cloninger,Ma... (Below threshold)
Luke C:

James Cloninger,

Marinol is just synthetic THC and lacks all of the other cannabinoids in Marijuana, like the important pain relieving compound cannabidiol (CBD).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabidiol

It would be awesome if hemp did get you high seeing as how it's completely legal and and you can get it everywhere, but sadly it doesn't.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

I'm not against "medical ma... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I'm not against "medical marijuana" at all. Heck, I might even apply for the Weed Card myself . . .

The problem is that marijuana is listed as a "schedule 1" drug which requires federal regulation, which cannot be superceded by the states. All these state laws are just BS attempts, what must be done to "legalize medical MJ" is to remove it as a "schedule one" drug. Until that happens, the rest is more or less meaningless.

Oops - <a href="http://www.... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Oops - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4r1hUXeRA0

which should have been a link at "Weed Card" . . .

(Oh, and you might be di... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

(Oh, and you might be disappointed to learn it doesn't work nearly as well)

Yeah, yeah, and heroin is a far more superior pain reliever, but I don't hear any legalise-heroin lobbies around.

Sorry, not buying it. The ones I always see wanting to legalise medical pot don't look the least like the people who actually need it.

I'm not convinced.

Hate to break to you, bu... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Hate to break to you, but no matter how many local laws you have, it's still a Class 1 controlled substance and a federal felony to sell it or possess it. There are plenty of more effective and safe legal drugs for any effect is has. "Medical marijuana" is just a bunch of druggies rationalizing their addictions.

Thank you. If they want to legalise it, let them be honest about it.

I think pot should be as le... (Below threshold)
Luke C:

I think pot should be as legal as tobacco.

Pot only requires dirt, water and sun to be produced. Those things are pretty easy to come by. If you want pot, you can easily get it even though it's illegal. We don't want it legalized "so we can get high", we already get high all we want.

As Jim said, there is still... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

As Jim said, there is still a wrinkle with the feds.
I am all for legalizing pharma-weed. Last time I left the hospital I was given enough oxycondone that if I didn't carry it in a valid pres. bottle I could be arrested. Like many existing drugs you can get from your local pharmacist, it is adictive stuff, plenty of side effects.
What I don't want is something like the CA system, with "clubs".

Because marijuana isn't reg... (Below threshold)
Greg:

Because marijuana isn't regulated, I wonder how many bad chemicals and compounds are really being smoked. Do you really think growers aren't using pesticides and herbicides?

"The ones I always see w... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"The ones I always see wanting to legalise medical pot don't look the least like the people who actually need it."

I could send you a picture of me. A graying 55 year old grandmother who has no problem with legalizing it for medicinal purposes. I doubt I fit your stereo-type and neither do many, many people I know who feel the same. They simply don't broadcast it because of the stereotyping.

I don't want it in the hands of children. But adults? Get high. I don't care.

i think pot should be legal... (Below threshold)
southernsue:

i think pot should be legal. we are filling our jails with pot smokers. if you really want to be afraid of a drug how about oxycotten. it is prescribed for pain, legal, and it is so powerful, you loose your voice of reason. with all these powerful pain killers on the market, legal, legalizing pot is nothing.

Whether you like it or not,... (Below threshold)
Oscar:

Whether you like it or not, Luke #11 is correct on this one.

For the most part, the only people who are against pot are those that haven't smoked it. They think you are going to "trip" on it. Good grief! That's no more true than you would "trip" from drinking a decent cocktail.

I've had parties where there was pot and alcohol (and probably so have you whether you knew it or not). I've never had to worry about the pot smokers puking on my carpet, breaking things or getting into a fight like the drunks. But alcohol is the excepted drug of choice by politicians like (D)Kennedy. Of course, pot smokers can eat you out of house and home.

Pot is illegal yet I can get it pretty easily - within hours.

Then right, wrong or otherwise, why not tax it - control it?

Just because it's illegal doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Might as well tax it so everyone can benefit from it.

I've heard all the arguments against pot, like it will lead to harder drugs. Too late. Again I'll tell you that pot is readily available and the people who use it have already done or are doing whatever else they want. Of course that's nasty, but what do you think alcohol does, lead you to drinking milk?

I've smoked pot nearly every day for 39 years. I raised 3 children & I have 3 grand children - married 25 years - held a job the whole time except for 2 layoff stints. (During the Clinton years for what it's worth.) Quit smoking for months at a time in order to pass the drug test to get reemployed. The worse trouble I ever got into was a speeding ticket and that wasn't caused by smoking pot. I did that sober as a judge.

Alcohol - fighting
Alcohol - spousal abuse
Alcohol - car accidents
Alcohol - addition with health issues
Alcohol - child abuse
Alcohol - tremendous hangovers and carpet stains

Pot - child abuse maybe by neglect
Pot - munchies
Pot - sleepy, lethargic, unproductive
Pot - stinky
Pot - ruined furniture from seeds popping.
Pot - eased my asthma (kind of ironic isn't it?)

Now which list bothers you the most?
Which drug is legal?

Go figure?!?

Tax it so everyone could benefit from it - but I'm repeating myself. Let the government control it so it could be free from pesticides and herbicides. Talk about creating "green" jobs. There you go! And if you commit a crime while being high/drunk the punishment could be appropriate.

Oscar - there's one thing, ... (Below threshold)
Lysander:

Oscar - there's one thing, but one very important thing, you forgot in your analysis. Those who are drinking alcohol can easily, quickly (and routinely) be identified by a breathalyzer. Those annoying sobriety checkpoints? The cop says he smells alcohol, a quick test with the breathalyzer shows whether his nose is stuffed up or not. Same cop says he smells pot, now how are you going to test it? Long, comparatively much more expensive, off-site testing (those months of not smoking were in preparation for the hair testing, yes? That's because there's no "immediate", more-or-less objective test for marijuana intoxication, but only a previous-use test.) which only tells that marijuana was USED, not that the user was high or not at the time of use.

Until there's an "instant" result test for marijuana intoxication, legalization will have a harder time gaining traction.

Leftists are liars. They us... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Leftists are liars. They use the most extreme, sympathetic cases possible to justify whatever happens to be the favored cause du jour (such as abortion), then use loopholes in the law to make any restrictions meaningless. The supreme court pretended to restrict abortion, but actually opened the door for unrestricted abortion for any reason, at any time up to full term. Another 'loophole' was recently discovered allowing a mother to legally strangle hew newborn infant. It will similarly happen with marijuana. That is a fact.

What I can't understand is ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

What I can't understand is why one would choose to be "sleepy, lethargic, and unproductive."

I am actually somewhat sympathetic to the cause, if you can get an honest ballot initiative passed, or get it through the legislature. I don't appreciate the back-door approach of 'medicinal use.' Have you ever watched the show 'Weeds?" Whether they intended to or not, the show aptly illustrates the laughably of medicinal marijuana and the ease of manipulating the system.

As I read this I am struck ... (Below threshold)
TYC:

As I read this I am struck by the insanity of the reasoning of the prohibitionists with the 'nobody should get high' arguments. The prohibitionists act as if they say no to cannabis, then it all just disappears and goes away. The reality is that it doesn't go anywhere except back in the shadows with all profits going into the pockets of the drug gangs. I'd like to change that. The only people that want to keep prohibition are the police, preachers, politicians, and people profiting off of it. You have a controlled substance that is undeniably ... uncontrolled. So why don't we actually ... control it? What's so hard about handing out a business license in an appropriate zoned location and letting business hire people and distribute a product? When's the last time you heard Budweiser and Miller fighting over distribution routes?

Legalize and regulate. Leave the 1930's reefer madness behind.

"As I read this I am str... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

"As I read this I am struck by the insanity of the reasoning of the prohibitionists with the 'nobody should get high' arguments. The prohibitionists act as if they say no to cannabis, then it all just disappears and goes away. The reality is that it doesn't go anywhere except back in the shadows..."

Insanity, huh?

Try this:

"As I read this I am struck by the insanity of the reasoning of the law and order advocates with the 'nobody should murder' arguments. They act as if they say no to murder, then it all just disappears and goes away. The reality is that it doesn't go anywhere except back in the shadows..."

Nice bit of logic. The same holds true with any illegal activity. No, the law does not make it 'go away.' No one has said it does.

You know your a liberal whe... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

You know your a liberal when you want guns banned and drugs legalized

God almighty, can we at le... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

God almighty, can we at least agree to let chemo patients get whatever relief they need? Seems that pot might be an inexpensive, readily available, effective pain/nausea drug; so wtf is the problem here?

Yeah, I know all the usual pot-head losers are trying to glom onto this issue so they can get high, but can we at least come up with a way to let ill people get medicine?

If I or someone I loved was on chemo and pot releived their pain, I would get pot. And God help anyone who tried to stop me from using it.

Hey Jeff,All of a ... (Below threshold)
Oscar:

Hey Jeff,

All of a sudden we jumped to "murder". Isn't that comparing apples to oranges?

I just think it's odd that booze is okay but weed isn't.

I'm surprised at how many people get bent about weed. Can you imagine what would happen if we made booze illegal? Oh yeah, we went down that road already.

In a perfect world I wouldn't do either I guess.

By the way, I didn't give you the minus sign.

@ Jeff BlogworthyN... (Below threshold)
Dont Equate Cannabis with Murder:

@ Jeff Blogworthy

Nice try, but it doesn't work that way. I guess that you just proved his point about insanity. To equate smoking pot with murder is, as I have read before, murderously stupid. (Thanks RS)

I throw my vote in with the lets just legalize it crowd. I've seen too many people thrown in jail for using cannabis in lieu of alcohol. BTW, alcohol is the real murderous drug.

Oscar, and dumbass,<p... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Oscar, and dumbass,

I said the same holds true with 'any illegal activity.' My argument is perfectly logical. You did not address the substance because you cannot. I hope you are sitting at a desk, since hitting it with your knee-jerk is probably less painful than hitting yourself in the head.

Oscar,

I don't care about the voting.

Legalize pot. Geo.Washingto... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Legalize pot. Geo.Washington would not object. And to those who say Father George didn't smoke it, there are entries in his farm journals of his cultivating the virgin female plant (by culling males) and his satisfaction at it's promised quality now, heh-heh.

As for Marinol: purely Big Pharma's attempt to put a money-generating trademark on a natural product. And as mentioned before, apparently Marinol lacks a certain compound contained in its model and is thus inefficacious to many prescribed users. (Think oranges vs orange juice. Orange juice is no substitute for eating a whole orange. Think of apples eaten without the skin: again, inferior.) Plus it's overpriced with corporate aim of government subsidy and an even more inflated price.

As for marijuana's Schedule status. A fiat action by FDR admin to protect the brand new nylon industry from competition from hemp (which FDR modified briefly during WW2 due to hemp's incredible renewability as rope fibre and fuel source.)

Legalize pot, protect gun rights, and enforce the US Constitution. Feel free to modify cell phone use.


bryanD,Does everyo... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

bryanD,

Does everyone who cultivates tobacco smoke? Just curious. Then there is this little tidbit:

As a farmer, Washington grew marijuana on his farm and promoted it's growth. (In the 1790s, the crop was grown mainly for its industrial value as hemp and for soil stabilization. It was many years later that the recreational and illegal use of marijuana became popular."

It seems your only standard is to find something that bashes America and her founding. What a pathetic life you must lead.

"It is with this viewpoint ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"It is with this viewpoint that I cannot really understand the opposition to legalizing marijuana strictly for medicinal purposes."

Probably because of two factors:
1) SOME 'doctors' issue an Rx just because you ask for it. No exam, that'll be $50 (cash!) and have a nice day.
2) SOME pot dispensaries don't even ask for an Rx. Give 'em the money, get the pot.

Personally, I don't care if all drug laws were abolished. I just want a paragraph added that says I get to blow your fucking ass away if you try to harm me or mine while 'expanding your mind'. No lawsuits, no weeping relatives, nada. You had drugs in your system, you got whacked. End of story.
Sounds like a win-win to me.

"In the 1790s, the crop was... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"In the 1790s, the crop was grown MAINLY for its industrial value as hemp and for soil stabilization."- JEFF B

"MAINLY"(sic!!!). And yes, the best quality seedless, gummy plants were not wasted by being relegated to the "hemp" bales being loaded at the river, but were, yes, smoked in a pipe. The founders were profoundly influenced by Indian culture which practiced mixing tobacco and marijuana for ceremonial purposes. Whites tended to relaxation, and social intercourse became their apt ceremony.......

......D'UH!
Alternative Blogworthy (P.C.)history: bunch a darkies roun' N'awleans in 1920 put a plant instead of a crawdad in de'ah clay pipe, etc, etc.

I see. You assert, the word... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I see. You assert, the word "mainly" automatically means Washington was a pot-head. I suppose this kind of conclusion is inevitable when attempting to reinforce your own prejudices. There are no reliable historical sources supporting your contention. I am going to list one more source debunking your fecal vomit, then I'm done wasting my time.

The first American law pertaining to marijuana, passed by the Virginia Assembly in 1619, required every farmer to grow it. Hemp was deemed not only a valuable commodity but also a strategic necessity; its fibers were used to make sails and riggings, and its by-products were transformed into oakum for the caulking of wooden ships. Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland eventually allowed hemp to be exchanged as legal tender, in order to stimulate its production and relieve Colonial money shortages. Although a number of the Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, later grew hemp on their estates, there is no evidence that they were aware of the plant's psychoactive properties. The domestic production of hemp flourished, especially in Kentucky, until after the Civil War, when it was replaced by imports from Russia and by other domestic materials. In the latter half of the nineteenth century marijuana became a popular ingredient in patent medicines and was sold openly at pharmacies in one-ounce herbal packages and in alcohol-based tinctures as a cure for migraines, rheumatism, and insomnia.

Eric Schlosser, "Reefer Madness," The Atlantic Monthly Aug. 1994

P.S. I deliberately picked ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

P.S. I deliberately picked Schlosser because he is a known liberal. He would have loved to discover drug use by Washington.

Jeff, take it for what it's... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Jeff, take it for what it's worth, but I think you're lashing out here undeservedly so. You've gone from denigrating a legitimate cause (of course some would try to highjack it purely for selfish reasons, but it's still legitimate) to stereo-typing to name calling to hyperbole and back to name calling.

I'd tell you chill out and smoke a bowl, but I'm afraid you'd blow a gasket. I mean no disrespect, but you seem to be wound a little tight today.

Sheesh.Amazing how... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Sheesh.

Amazing how this has degenerated into a free-for-all concerning almost everything pertaining to marijuana EXCEPT regarding its possible legal medical use.

I mean, who gives an ass rat's about our founding fathers using hemp when discussing medicinal uses of marijuana?

Come on. Stick to it.

Jeff, I'd like you to answe... (Below threshold)
Donesk:

Jeff, I'd like you to answer a couple questions for me:

How is marijuana fundamentally different from legalized substance such as alcohol? You obviously have some moral qualm against it and I'd like to know if it's based in reason or based in fear mongering and bigotry.

Do you acknowledge that our War on Drugs has failed? If not, how do you address the fact that marijuana usage has been largely unchanged over the past 30 years, despite the effort to prohibit it?

Do you have any suggestions to improve the current situation that actually have a practical application(I don't want to hear "put them all in jail", because as you should know we don't have the resources to do so)?

A legalize and regulate model serves to reduce the accessibility of the drug to children by enforcing a carding system at the store front level. Do you have a better idea?

Let the people smoke. ... (Below threshold)
914:

Let the people smoke.

1. Have the Federal Governm... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

1. Have the Federal Government approve it for medial use.
2.Have all the same restrictions placed on it use like Codeine or any other dangerous narcotic.

"You assert, the word "main... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"You assert, the word "mainly" automatically means Washington was a pot-head."-blogworthy

No. I'm saying that the author of your reactionary source material would put an explicit fact relating to Washington's NON-marijuana usage in letters BIGGER THAN THESE.

In fact, Regnery Publications would have a book in print RIGHT NOW titled "GEORGE WASHINGTON NEVER SMOKED MARIJUANA".

Per your Schlosser article: Washington CULLED for quality. "Hemp" requires no culling. It just grows. Again: 95%hemp, 5%Good Stuff. There's a difference.

Take a look at this <a href... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Take a look at this CNBC documentary, which focuses on the California pot industry. Pay particular attention to the 'dark side' of the business starting at the 9:45 mark.

This is the marijuana economy coming to a neighborhood near you. Mendocino came to regret their liberal laws and tightened them up some. Too little, too late. Once the marijuana economy takes hold, it is nearly impossible to eradicate because the local community becomes economically dependent. Many people are furious at the deterioration of their communities. One segment of the population is all for it - the growers.

Donesk,

Your questions would take me pages to answer. At bottom, I am against the removal of marijuana stigmatization. I believe the stigmatization is good for society, and that it is a bad idea to remove it. All we need is more encouragement to get high. Legalization -> approval -> increased use. The push for marijuana legalization is another symptom of cultural deterioration. I could explore this in depth, but no one would likely read it here.

The risk of using cocaine is much greater for those who have tried marijuana than for those who have never tried it. Using marijuana puts children and teens in contact with people who are users and sellers of other drugs. So, a marijuana user is more likely to be exposed to and urged to try other drugs. The effects of marijuana on the brain of adolescents--still a work in progress--may also affect their likelihood of using other drugs as they get older. Animal studies suggest this to be true, but it is not yet demonstrated in people.

Marijuana may not lead to other drugs in and of itself, however the association between MJ users and those who do other drugs, engage in criminal activity, etc. should not be overlooked. Again, the concern is cultural deterioration. You may argue that MJ use is already widespread. That may be true, but legalization/destigmatization will make it even more-so. That is not a pro for society.

The argument that MJ is no worse than booze is a poor one. One bad substance does not excuse the widespread use of the other.

I do believe the question should rest with the states. If MJ is so beneficial, proponents should convince us all. I am not seeing the results of the CA experiment as something desirable.

I used to be sympathetic to... (Below threshold)
jchavez:

I used to be sympathetic to the medicinal pot issue.....until a pot dispensary moved in next to the dance studio (in Santa Barbara CA) where my daughter and lots of other kids take classes. That's when I learned what a scam it was. For $200 and any kind of bogus health complaint you can receive your "certificate" to legally buy medicinal pot. There are doctors that specialize in writing these certificates and rake in the cash.

My daughter had classes 4 days a week, and I did a lot of volunteer work at the studio so I had a lot of time to observe the clientele of the dispensary. Mainly white males between the ages of 18 - 30. Hardly any women, and I never saw anyone that looked older than 50. There were also people buying to resell the pot for a profit. Before every concert held at the Santa Barbara bowl there would be guys going in wearing "event staff" or "event security" shirts picking up their pot to resell at the concert.

We also had a lot of problems that started up because of the clinic. We had adults guys trying to pick up on the teenage dancers. We had increased gang presence in the neighborhood (culminating in a huge fight complete with knives and machetes, no I am not kidding, at 5pm just as a class of 9 & 10 year old girls were leaving the studio). Then there was the carload of already high or drunk dudes that ran their car up on the curb and almost hit two girls walking to class. They pilled out of the car laughing their asses off and went into the dispensary.

There was enough problems, that parents were writtng letters to the CIty of Santa Barbara, and the DEA. The clinic was shut down only after the property owners received a letter warning them that they could have their property seized if the place were ever raided by the Federal Govt.

But their are a lot more clinics in Santa Barbara. There is a moratorium on new clinics, thank goodness, as the city council tries to figure out where they can be placed without huge negative impacts to surrounding neighborhoods and businesses.

Because of what I learned I would only support medicinal marijuana regulated and sold thru pharmacies like any other perscription drug.


You didn't answer any of my... (Below threshold)
Donesk:

You didn't answer any of my questions, including the Yes/No one. And you also failed to offer any advice to improve the current situation.

I would argue that stigmatization is never a good thing. I would also argue that legalization does not indicate encouragement. Sell it in stores that can't advertise.

Cultural deterioration? Marijuana legalization is more about sovereignty of body and mind than anything else. That is not cultural deterioration. Could you explain exactly what it is that you think would deteriorate if we were to legalize marijuana?

"however the association between MJ users and those who do other drugs, engage in criminal activity, etc. should not be overlooked."
Their association is only due to the fact that their market has been relegated to those ranks. Another issue that would be addressed through legalization.

If more people used marijuana as an intoxicant instead of alcohol, we would be better off. While I do not endorse impaired driving, it does occur and it is objectively safer under the influence of cannabis. Cannabis also doesn't cause heaps of bodily damage over time.

Another question for you: Do you have kids? If they came home with marijuana one day, would you call the police, or would you prefer to deal with the issue yourself?

"Because of what I learned ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"Because of what I learned I would only support medicinal marijuana regulated and sold thru pharmacies like any other perscription drug."

Sounds like a good idea.
Let's not repeat California's mistake with these sham or near-sham 'dispensaries'.

The point being, there has to be some sane, simple and logical way to get chemo patients pot. They figure out how to get them all the other narcotics, pot should be as easy or easier.

C'mon people, can't we figure this out?

@ Jeff BlogworthyI... (Below threshold)
TYC:

@ Jeff Blogworthy

I don't believe you for a minute! I believed that you posted these insane ramblings to keep your job. Yes, similar to John English the (Lost) Examiner who penned insane letters against cannabis. But I believe the truth is that you are either a grower, buyer, or distributor. I know legalization is inching closer by the day but you will have to become legitimate in order to survive. I sympathize with your trying to keep your job but the days of bootleg cannabis are slowing coming to a close. You need to diversify your product line and hook up with a legitimate dispensary in order to survive but I believe that you will find a match if you get in on the ground floor prior to legalization. Good luck with that!




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