WV HB 2230: The Compassionate Use Act...

WV HB 2230: The Compassionate Use Act for Medical Marijuana

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wvnormlman

Bluefield, WV

#1 Mar 4, 2013
http://ssdp.org/action/wv-hb-2230-the-compass...

Hey county commisioner and sheriff, as well as judges.Stop arresting non- violent offenders and putting them in jail with high bail.If you truly want to lower the jail bill and save our hard earned tax dollars.Start by not arresting sick disabled people who use cannabis for medicine, stop putting people in jail for minor crimes such as littering , driving violations, using marijuania( proven to be safer then beer and cigarettes)DNR violations,burning trash/rubbish. If you sit down and look at the stats of other states with a compassionate act in place.There is far less prescription drug abuse and death,crime involving drugs.So if saving money and lowering crime is what you really want to achieve.Then i would think you would push for law makers to pass this bill. To help save our county money, lower crime and create money to go after those serious offenders, as well as those who deal dangerous deadly drugs! Wake up elected officials it is time to change our approach!!
I am dying

Marlinton, WV

#2 Mar 4, 2013
The meds I have been given are killing me, besides making me a target for sick druggies.

Allow medical MJ and leave me alone!
doctor d

Bluefield, WV

#3 Mar 5, 2013
Prescription drugs are addictive and kill.Let me give my patients medical mj.I will no longer give opiate's if patient can use mj.I can prescribe mj capsules it is not just smoke!
uh oh

Lerona, WV

#4 Mar 5, 2013
Oh, give it up already. Everyone I used to know that are druggies started out doing "harmless" marijuana. Once the brains pleasure center gets used to it they move on to more powerful drugs. Read this:

http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/directors...
Chris

Morgantown, WV

#5 Mar 5, 2013
West virginia needs medical marijuana!!!!!!
Bella

Morgantown, WV

#6 Mar 5, 2013
There are patients taking 10 different pills everyday, stop making them suffer n legalize medical marijuana.
doctor d

Bluefield, WV

#7 Mar 6, 2013
Oh, give it up already. Everyone I used to know that are druggies started out doing "harmless" marijuana. Once the brains pleasure center gets used to it they move on to more powerful drugs. Read this:

http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/directors ...

So you are gonna believe a government study? From the same government that lies to you about many things and wants to take your guns away!
There is no gateway drug!People do what they want!Also i would say the over zealous use of drug test could push a person to use a harder drug that exits the body faster then a natural one, such as cannabis.That may stay in your body much longer!I just read a study the other day that found compounds in cannabis to be one of the best antibiotic to fight these super strains that are immuned to our traditional medicine.People need to accept the fact that God placed this plant on this earth for our well being.But the greed of man has allowed us to turn our backs on God and his creation.I know an 87 year old man who consumes 1 gram of extracted oil(orally) twice a day.He could pass for 55 and can out perform many of our younger generation.
hey uh oh

Bluefield, WV

#8 Mar 6, 2013
I must say your old school ways of trying to deal with our states drug problem has worked so well!!
Wake up,and join us here in the real world.Do tell us about this pleasure center our brains have! Like the one that keeps us hooked on cigarettes and caffiene, food,and many other deadly but legal things.I know more people who never used drugs that enjoy relaxing to a stick of herb.Then i know who blamed the herb for naking them get hooked on the pills there doctor or friend gave to them!For you to believe a gatewat theory makes me think you need to experience herb firsy hand.Or maybe you are just one of those lawmakers,police, judges,or business men who profit from it being illegal.Yet when you get home you light up your bong behind closed doors.
Cbd cbc thc

United States

#9 Mar 6, 2013
Check out the endocannabinoid system. No one even knew our brains had this untl like 5 years ago. Any prior tests on cannabis should be obsolete seeings how we didnt even know how it affected our bodies until then.
uh oh

Lerona, WV

#10 Mar 6, 2013
hey uh oh wrote:
I must say your old school ways of trying to deal with our states drug problem has worked so well!!
Wake up,and join us here in the real world.Do tell us about this pleasure center our brains have! Like the one that keeps us hooked on cigarettes and caffiene, food,and many other deadly but legal things.I know more people who never used drugs that enjoy relaxing to a stick of herb.Then i know who blamed the herb for naking them get hooked on the pills there doctor or friend gave to them!For you to believe a gatewat theory makes me think you need to experience herb firsy hand.Or maybe you are just one of those lawmakers,police, judges,or business men who profit from it being illegal.Yet when you get home you light up your bong behind closed doors.

Sorry to bust your bubble, go back and read my post. I said it was a "gateway" drug because I knew people who started out doing it and moved on to harder drugs. NOT A GOV. SPONSORED STUDY. Second, I am in the real world not some fuzzy headed place because I am high. No, I do not work in the legal system.
uh oh

Lerona, WV

#11 Mar 6, 2013
People get hooked on pills because they think it is an instant remedy. "All I have to do is take this pill...". They also become immune to the effects after a while and have to take more or something different.
Lady

Summersville, WV

#12 Mar 6, 2013
hey uh oh wrote:
I must say your old school ways of trying to deal with our states drug problem has worked so well!!
Wake up,and join us here in the real world.Do tell us about this pleasure center our brains have! Like the one that keeps us hooked on cigarettes and caffiene, food,and many other deadly but legal things.I know more people who never used drugs that enjoy relaxing to a stick of herb.Then i know who blamed the herb for naking them get hooked on the pills there doctor or friend gave to them!For you to believe a gatewat theory makes me think you need to experience herb firsy hand.Or maybe you are just one of those lawmakers,police, judges,or business men who profit from it being illegal.Yet when you get home you light up your bong behind closed doors.
You are 100% right about the behind closed doors. I know people who lie like crazy making a big deal about anyone who takes pills for any reason and I mean making A BIG UNESSESSARY DEAL out of it and all at the same time the husband and wife both pop them in their mouths day after day. Even had big surgeries and claimed no pain pills were taken. Cracks me up when they start on and on about it. They should be more ashamed of lying about it than taking them. I could really care less what people do anyhow.
louise

Bluefield, WV

#13 Mar 7, 2013
uh oh wrote:
People get hooked on pills because they think it is an instant remedy. "All I have to do is take this pill...". They also become immune to the effects after a while and have to take more or something different.
What is your responce for those who started off using harder drugs.Then they used marijuana to help control withdrawl symptoms.Also using it to help break there addiction to dangerous deadly drugs.I have seen it save as many lives as you claim it led to harder drugs.Many have over came serious opiate addiction because they had marijuana to fall back on.Kinda puts the cart before the horse and ruins your gateway theory.
Robert C

Culloden, WV

#14 Mar 7, 2013
Montana Committee Kills Four Medical Marijuana Bills
By Thomas H. Clarke on February 16, 2013
Read More: Grassroots Reports, Medical Marijuana Industry News, Medical Marijuana News, Medical Marijuana States, Montana, Pending Legislation
HELENA, MT – The House Human Services Committee rejected and tabled four separate marijuana related bills on Friday that would have restored parts of Montana’s voter-approved 2004 medical marijuana law.
The House Human Services Committee voted down House bills 340-343, all sponsored by Rep. Kelly McCarthy (D-Billings) on identical 12-4 votes. Overall, 10 Republicans and two Democrats opposed the bills, while four Democrats supported them.
The bills were aimed at restoring parts of Montana’s medical marijuana program decimated by 2011′s Senate Bill 423, which essentially gutted Montana’s then-flourishing medical marijuana industry in the state.
When the state’s 2004 voter-approved medical marijuana law took effect, the Montana medical marijuana scene took off, with dispensaries and multi-patient grow operations sprouting up.
The legislature first attempted outright repeal, followed by SB 423, which essentially eliminated every part of the medical marijuana program except patients growing their own cannabis.
Growers were limited to three patients each, providers were prohibited from being compensated, local governments were given the ability to ban dispensaries, standards were tightened for qualification, and required doctors who recommended marijuana for more than 25 patients in a year to undergo reviews at their own expense.
The bills tabled Friday were aimed at restoring some parts of the voter-approved 2004 law:
• HB340 would have eliminated a provision in the law requiring the Board of Medical Examiners to automatically review any physicians who have issued written certification for medical marijuana for more than 25 people in any 12-month period.
• HB341 would have allowed medical marijuana providers to be paid for providing marijuana to cardholders. The 2011 law made compensation illegal.
• HB342 would have removed the three-person limit on the number of cardholders that medical marijuana providers could serve. There had been no limit previously.
• HB343 would have eliminated requirements that providers keep records and the law’s provision allowing for automatic inspections.
Earlier this year, a Montana judge blocked some parts of SB 423 , saying registered cardholders would be “irreparably harmed” if providers go out of business because a state law limits them to three patients and doesn’t allow them to make a profit.
Robert C

Culloden, WV

#15 Mar 7, 2013
medical supervision.Medical Marijuana
The term "medical marijuana" refers to the use, possession, and/or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes. People who are terminally ill, or suffer from painful or long-term symptoms associated with certain diseases, such as epilepsy, AIDS, glaucoma, and cancer, often request medical marijuana as a form of treatment and/or pain relief.
As a general principle, medical marijuana, also known as medicinal cannabis, is no different than standard marijuana. Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as a "Schedule I drug", meaning it: 1) has the potential for abuse, 2) has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the U.S., and 3) has a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under
As such, there is a growing debate concerning the personal medical use of marijuana and its legality. On one side of the issue, some politicians and law enforcement officials would like to combat illegal drug use of marijuana and control some of its affects, such as "wide open sale of marijuana under the guise of medical purpose". On the other side, some health advocates and other drug legalization groups would like to legalize the medical use of marijuana, believing that the drug is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions.
Medical Marijuana Laws
Medical marijuana laws are constantly changing and vary among geographical location. Both federal and state laws make it a crime to use, grow, sell, or possess marijuana. The federal Supreme Court, for example, has stated that it is illegal to use, sell or possess marijuana, even for medical use (in the 2005 case of Gonzales v. Raich).
A growing number of states, however, have legalized the use and/or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes; thereby removing any criminal penalties from doctors who prescribe the drug or from patients who use it within the bounds set by state law. California was the first to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 when it passed Proposition 215, also called the Compassionate Use Act. The law allows the possession and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes upon a doctor's recommendation.
Other states that have legalized medical marijuana include: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. These state laws typically set the boundaries under which medical marijuana may be recommended, cultivated, possessed and used. For instance, states may require written documentation from a person's doctor affirming that the person suffers from a debilitating condition and might benefit from the medical use of marijuana. Also, states may require people to present this documentation, or "marijuana ID card", prior to an arrest.
Other provisions may include limits on the type of conditions, such as HIV and AIDS, and the amount of marijuana that a person may possess, use, or grow.
Finally, some states have other specific provisions, such as employee restrictions on the medical use of marijuana at work and certain ID card requirements and fees.
Robert C

Culloden, WV

#16 Mar 7, 2013
Medical Marijuana Penalties
Penalties for medical marijuana violations may include prison time, fines, or both, depending on the nature of the offense and the state where the occurrence took place. In states that have not legalized medical use of marijuana, the charges are treated as general misdemeanor or felony drug charges.
In states which have decriminalized medical marijuana, penalties in the form of prison or fines may still apply, yet offenses are often treated as minor civil infractions.
For example, punishable circumstances may include:
• Possession over a certain amount (in grams);
• The sale of the drug to others, especially to or from a "minor";
• The cultivation of the drug in states where cultivation is not allowed; and
• Possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Defenses -- Know Your Legal Rights
Patients who are arrested on drug charges might use their medical status as a defense, before or during trial, to help reduce any penalties. In addition, a patient may show a doctor's recommendation for marijuana to reduce penalties and help avoid jail time or fines altogether. Finally, a patient may want to claim the defense of medical necessity based on the clinical nature of his or her health condition.
It is important to check with a lawyer who specializes in medical marijuana cases to learn of your rights and responsibilities concerning the use and/or charges of medical marijuana.
The Collision of Federal and State Laws -- A Recent Update
There is generally a "tug of war" between the federal laws and state laws concerning medical marijuana. On the one hand, the federal government makes it a crime to cultivate, possess, or use marijuana for any purpose. On the other hand, some states allow the use of marijuana for medical reasons. Generally, in cases where federal laws and state laws collide, federal law prevails, and users of state-authorized medical marijuana may still be arrested and/or prosecuted.
The U.S. government shifted its attention to larger drug trafficking issues when the Obama Administration took over in 2009, with the Department of Justice stating it would not prioritize the enforcement of federal marijuana laws on authorized users of medical marijuana or their caregivers. However, the DOJ resumed its prosecution of medical marijuana providers in 2011 and put pressure on publishers who run ads for medical marijuana dispensaries.
Conclusion
Medical marijuana is a hotly debated issue that affects patients, health care providers, lawyers, and law enforcement officials alike. Because medical marijuana laws vary, it is important to check the specific laws of your particular state. Consulting with a criminal or health care attorney may also
Robert C

Huntington, WV

#17 Mar 7, 2013
While it is not possible with existing data to determine conclusively that state medical marijuana laws caused the documented declines in adolescent marijuana use, the overwhelming downward trend strongly suggests that the effect of state medical marijuana laws on teen marijuana use has been either neutral or positive, discouraging youthful experimentation with the drug."

-- Mitch Earleywine, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology, State University of New York at Albany
Karen O’Keefe, Esq.
Attorney & Legislative Analyst, Marijuana Policy Project
Report, "Marijuana Use by Young People:
The Impact of State Medical Marijuana Laws"
Sep. 2005









"By characterizing the use of illegal drugs as quasi-legal, state-sanctioned, Saturday afternoon fun, legalizers destabilize the societal norm that drug use is dangerous. They undercut the goals of stopping the initiation of drug use to prevent addiction.... Children entering drug abuse treatment routinely report that they heard that 'pot is medicine' and, therefore, believed it to be good for them."

anonymous

Chesapeake, OH

#18 Mar 7, 2013
Well. W.v. h.b. 2230. Failed in health and human services by a vote of 6-2. On feb 25th. So once again for the third time people who actually can benefit from it will have to continue to fund the pharm companies till next year. Such bullshit. Free country my ass. Marijuana punishment is harsher then heroin and cocaine. Our government is a joke. But lets continue to waste funds and time on a plant instead of going after the hard drugs and legal abused drugs. Lets have cops waste time arresting over a plant while woman n children are raped and murdered. Good thinkin. And lets continue to over populate our jail system with non violent crimes instead of housing the people who need to be there.

Bug Ridge

Since: Feb 12

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#19 Mar 7, 2013
WV law makers will NOT pass any laws that do not directly benefit coal companies profits!
uh oh

Lerona, WV

#20 Mar 7, 2013
louise wrote:
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What is your responce for those who started off using harder drugs.Then they used marijuana to help control withdrawl symptoms.Also using it to help break there addiction to dangerous deadly drugs.I have seen it save as many lives as you claim it led to harder drugs.Many have over came serious opiate addiction because they had marijuana to fall back on.Kinda puts the cart before the horse and ruins your gateway theory.
Sorry, but the only ones I know that tried doing that are dead. Only one or two of them, bit still dead. Don't really know if withdrwals caused the deaths or if it was overdose after rehab.

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