Marijuana-legalization push gets voice on Capitol Hill

The cannabis industry has flexed its muscles in 15 states where it's legal to smoke marijuana for medical purposes. Full Story
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DoctorK

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Dec 27, 2010
Yes, this is the very next item on the Civil Rights agenda, especially when it comes to Medicinal Cannabis, which is still not legal in the majority of States because of the old, outdated "dogma". Medicinal Cannabis is effective in a wide variety of conditions ranging from glaucoma to pain, to muscle spasms to nausea of chemothera­­py, to malnutriti­­on. The list can go on, including recent scientific findings that Cannabis can even be an “exit substance” for recovering alcoholics or hard drug/presc­­ription drug abusers. Cannabis is not physically addictive as it lacks a documented physical withdrawal syndrome, and the so-called “gateway drug theory” is invalid and was recently called “half-bake­­d” by a scientific study. Research also determined that there is no connection between smoking Cannabis and lung cancer (which to me demonstrat­­es that Cannabis has anti-cance­­r properties­­), that is also being confirmed by the ongoing studies. Cannabis also may be helpful in treatment, and even in prevention­­, of Alzheimer’­­s disease. Medicinal Cannabis Legalizati­on is not even a “partisan” issue, as the brave Citizens of Arizona showed us by legalizing Medicinal Cannabis in their rather conservati­ve State. In fact, Judge Francis Young said back in 1988 that "Marijuana is one of the safest therapeuti­cally active substance known to men", and the reputable Shafer Commission recommende­d immediate decriminal­ization of Marijuana to Pres. Nixon in 1972 which he ignored. History proves to the Cannabis prohibitionists that it is not possible to defeat the combined "forces" of Reason, science, and the Law of Supply and Demand! I really believe that all the fear mongering should be rejected, and Cannabis/Medicinal Cannabis should be legalized in all 50 States ASAP!
Lon Rocke

Paradise, CA

#2 Dec 27, 2010
If JESUS had wanted people to smoke He would've...er, oh Never mind.
Lon Rocke

Paradise, CA

#3 Dec 27, 2010
Conshohocken. HA! No such Place. Couldn't be. Just made it up dint you?
Robbie

Edenton, NC

#4 Dec 27, 2010
Just legalize it completely the same way they repealed probition. Bottom line is that everyone who wants to smoke pot is smoking it now and by legalizing it they would buy from the government and be taxed just like alcohol. This eleminates the criminal element and puts $$$ back in the tax payers pocket because they wouldn't have to pay for minor offenders in jail and prison. It's common sense and as shown for years this is something that has been lacking in legislators minds for decades..........
Jason H in kansas

Tescott, KS

#5 Dec 27, 2010
i think it is about time for the legalizing of marijuana so the government can focus on more serious crimes. I think police are overzealous when it comes to marijuana and more lax on crimes that are actually against other people like murder, rape and even assault and theft. many people have had there lives torn apart by local and federal governments just for getting high.
Common sense please

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Dec 27, 2010
Although I am thankful for those who go to bat for the sick and dying who could benefit from medical cannabis, I wish they would advocate more effectively. A NATIONAL classification in the correct category of the Controlled Substances Act which correctly would move marijuana OUT of Schedule I is the most sensible approach. It would allow for research and recognize the medical benefits which cannabis possesses. Saying cannabis is the same/as dangerous as HEROIN is a joke, and I don't care what the pharmaceutical lobby says, cannbis does possess medical benefit. Too many studies in countries where they ALLOW research proves as much. Stop lying to the American public at the expense of the sick and dying. How sad! "Land of the Free" my arse.
Storm Crow

Stockton, CA

#7 Dec 27, 2010
Unfortunately, most folks know very little about medical cannabis use! First off, smoking is rapidly becoming passe' among medical users. Tinctures, edibles and using little machines called "vaporizers" that gently heats, but does not burn the cannabis, are replacing smoking in the medical community.

Secondly, cannabis is good for far more than "just" pain and nausea! Go over to WebMD and read these articles-

"Marijuana's Active Ingredient Targets Deadly Brain Cancer"

"Marijuana Ingredients Slow Invasion by Cervical and Lung Cancer Cells"

"Marijuana Unlikely to Cause Head, Neck, or Lung Cancer"

"Marijuana May Fight Lung Tumors"

"Marijuana Ingredient May Cut Fibromyalgia Pain"

"Marijuana Chemical Fights Hardened Arteries"

"Chemicals in Marijuana May Fight MRSA"

"Pot-Based Drug Promising for Arthritis"

"Cannabis May Help Multiple Sclerosis"

"Marijuana May Slow Alzheimer's"

"Marijuana Smoking Doesn't Kill"

"Teen Pot Smoking Won't Lead to Other Drugs as Adults"

If you think those are interesting, run a search for "Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List" for 100s of articles like those. Learn the facts about cannabis. Educate yourself!
Patriot

AOL

#9 Dec 27, 2010
lol wrote:
The arrogant bigot genertion is dying off. About 880,000 annually. This will end the drug war. The hypocrats will be gone. They are the scared ones. they have hurt generations for personal gain. Life is short. I hope they enjoyed their short time.
What were you arrested for?
Margin of Error

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Dec 27, 2010
Prohibition is bad,,,,mmmmkay?
JEG

Upland, CA

#11 Dec 27, 2010
lol wrote:
The arrogant bigot genertion is dying off. About 880,000 annually. This will end the drug war. The hypocrats will be gone. They are the scared ones. they have hurt generations for personal gain. Life is short. I hope they enjoyed their short time.
And then your generation will be the arrogant bigots to dopes who think that they have all the answers. Oh and the drug war? I agree, it's B/S. We need a real war. Mexico needs to declare an act of war on the cartels and turn us loose to take them out unless they surrender. Then they must execute or imprison them for life. They know who they are and can do it. Short of that won't do it. If you legalize, the same people won't quit crime, they'll just go over to other crimes and there are plenty of them. Kidnapping for starters.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#12 Dec 27, 2010
JEG wrote:
<quoted text> And then your generation will be the arrogant bigots to dopes who think that they have all the answers. Oh and the drug war? I agree, it's B/S. We need a real war. Mexico needs to declare an act of war on the cartels and turn us loose to take them out unless they surrender. Then they must execute or imprison them for life. They know who they are and can do it. Short of that won't do it. If you legalize, the same people won't quit crime, they'll just go over to other crimes and there are plenty of them. Kidnapping for starters.
It is far too late for that. Thanks to prohibition the drug cartels have already a bigger budget than Mexico government budget. There is just no other choice than complete legalization of marijuana.
The prohibition of drugs transforms the world into a big Chicago. Prohibition is a success only for the drug bandits. It makes it possible for them to manage anomalous amount of (black) money and to corrupt the politicians and to continue ... prohibition, which is the motor of their business.
We should legalize ALL drugs, and tax them relatively to their (real) damages. People would clearly understand what are the dangerous products, and, as we know today, cannabis, magic mushrooms, and salvia divinorum are much safer alternative to alcohol, tobacco, and crack.
Prohibition is economically, ethically, and medically wrong.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#13 Dec 27, 2010
Common sense please wrote:
Although I am thankful for those who go to bat for the sick and dying who could benefit from medical cannabis, I wish they would advocate more effectively. A NATIONAL classification in the correct category of the Controlled Substances Act which correctly would move marijuana OUT of Schedule I is the most sensible approach. It would allow for research and recognize the medical benefits which cannabis possesses. Saying cannabis is the same/as dangerous as HEROIN is a joke, and I don't care what the pharmaceutical lobby says, cannbis does possess medical benefit. Too many studies in countries where they ALLOW research proves as much. Stop lying to the American public at the expense of the sick and dying. How sad! "Land of the Free" my arse.
I agree so much with you. The very notion of schedule one is a total nonsense. Even if cannabis was dangerous, it is a nonsense to forbid research on it. To forbid research on anything is usually a practice of tyrannies. And the following link illustrates what can happen in such situation. Indeed we knew since 1974 that cannabis can cure cancer, and the schedule one notion has made that information disappear for almost 30 years:
http://www.mapinc.org/newstcl/v01/n572/a11.ht...
oh come now

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Dec 28, 2010
JEG wrote:
<quoted text> And then your generation will be the arrogant bigots to dopes who think that they have all the answers. Oh and the drug war? I agree, it's B/S. We need a real war. Mexico needs to declare an act of war on the cartels and turn us loose to take them out unless they surrender. Then they must execute or imprison them for life. They know who they are and can do it. Short of that won't do it. If you legalize, the same people won't quit crime, they'll just go over to other crimes and there are plenty of them. Kidnapping for starters.
Comparatively, how hard would it be to smuggle a package of something versus a HUMAN BEING? My head hurts when people say, "cartels will just start doing XYZ instead." Well, they already are, in addition to buying legitimate businesses to launder and cover for the illegal ones, stealing oil from the government oil rigs, etc. They've already "diversified" like any other "business." And people are tougher to lug across the border in a backpack.(Especially if Americans were being kidnapped. Would our Congress sit so idly by like they do with our porous border at present? I doubt it. They'd be forced to do something.)

Since: Oct 08

York, PA

#16 Dec 29, 2010
K Street for Pot? Say it ain't so. I'm sure it's been in K Street lungs for many years but it's just had it's IPO so to speak and I can't imagine politicians not being enticed by the lure of easy money. Yes, a new lobbying firm has been created. While it won't be until we decriminalize all these "street drugs" that the guns go silent in our inner cities, it is a start. And one day we will be able to feel safer walking around our neighborhoods and we won't have to worry about a stray bullet coming in through our front windows. This War on Drugs has been a failed policy from the day of it's inception. 30,000 dead on the Mexican border with no end in sight.

Portugal on the other hand has moved to decriminalize these drugs and has seen a complete change in what once was an entire area of a city with burnt out houses filled with heroin users. Replaced with cafes and people chatting and buses running along dropping off their passengers to shop in the new district that had once been seen as a place to avoid.

Since roughly 50% of our prisons are filled with drug related offenders the prison industrial complex will start to decrease and that will be a huge savings to state budgets, they may even be able to balance their budgets before they go bankrupt. Money that could go to help people on disabilities with the cost of their drugs or fill in the Medicare doughnut hole.
Real Drug Cartel

Chico, CA

#17 Dec 29, 2010
WikiLeaks Cables:'Pfizer' Targeted Nigerian Attorney General to Undermine Suit over Fatal Drug Tests

Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show the 'pharmaceutical giant Pfizer' hired investigators to find evidence of corruption against the Nigerian attorney general to pressure him to drop a $6 billion lawsuit over fraudulent drug tests on Nigerian children. Researchers did not obtain signed consent forms, and medical personnel said Pfizer did not tell parents their children were getting the experimental drug.**Eleven children died**, and others suffered disabling injuries including deafness, muteness, paralysis, brain damage, loss of sight, slurred speech. We speak to Washington Post reporter Joe Stephens, who helped break the story in 2000, and Musikilu Mojeed, a Nigerian journalist who has worked on this story for the NEXT newspaper in Lagos.[includes rush transcript]
Archie

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Dec 29, 2010
Just what a lazy country needs, More brain dead potheads. The Dope Gods speak again, here comes the Democracks like Phyllis kahn.

Keep societies opium in Kalifornicate, and away from what is left of a Minnesota dope free society.
Real Drug Cartel

Chico, CA

#20 Dec 29, 2010
Archie wrote:
Just what a lazy country needs, More brain dead potheads. The Dope Gods speak again, here comes the Democracks like Phyllis kahn.
Keep societies opium in Kalifornicate, and away from what is left of a Minnesota dope free society.
Don't forget the heroin! This is the main reason why America is in Afghanistan! Billions of profits every year from production and distribution of heroin.&#65279; It is at record numbers since America invaded. CIA (government agency)gets&#65279; billions for black ops through drug pimping. Pat Tillman was 'murdered' because he started to speak out about America guarding the poppy fields.
Archie

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Dec 29, 2010
Real Drug Cartel

I have to admit that a country like the USA that consumes 65 billion of illicit drugs a year has political pull from somewhere to keep operating without interruption..

The Press just likes to talk about people that want wacky weed legalized or how great smoking bans are. As usual the children listen to them.
Jus Sayin

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Dec 29, 2010
Common sense please wrote:
Although I am thankful for those who go to bat for the sick and dying who could benefit from medical cannabis, I wish they would advocate more effectively. A NATIONAL classification in the correct category of the Controlled Substances Act which correctly would move marijuana OUT of Schedule I is the most sensible approach. It would allow for research and recognize the medical benefits which cannabis possesses. Saying cannabis is the same/as dangerous as HEROIN is a joke, and I don't care what the pharmaceutical lobby says, cannbis does possess medical benefit. Too many studies in countries where they ALLOW research proves as much. Stop lying to the American public at the expense of the sick and dying. How sad! "Land of the Free" my arse.
I totally agree with your take on the issue. As a side benefit, your plan would spur medical research and a processing industry for the many consumer goods derived from the plant. It is still illegal to grow industrial hemp in the US due to the non-distinction between medical grade and ditchweed.

Off topic, kinda sorta, but not really; anabolic steroid use among the law enforcement community is a big problem, as reported by AOL News. http://consumerist.com/2010/12/cops-around-th...

"Why Gramma DEAr, what big muscles you have!"
"Heh heh, all the better to bust your door down, my dear. I have a habit to support."
ban nation

Saint Paul, MN

#24 Dec 30, 2010
Robbie wrote:
Just legalize it completely the same way they repealed probition. Bottom line is that everyone who wants to smoke pot is smoking it now and by legalizing it they would buy from the government and be taxed just like alcohol. This eleminates the criminal element and puts $$$ back in the tax payers pocket because they wouldn't have to pay for minor offenders in jail and prison. It's common sense and as shown for years this is something that has been lacking in legislators minds for decades..........
It's important to mention regarding repealing alcohol prohibition: it was NOT the politicians coming to their senses to overturn it.(I think we have seen enough proof in recent times they are most certainly NOT listening to their constituents.)

The government was FINALLY forced to end alcohol prohibition because they lacked support of jurors in seeking the convictions in a court of law. JURY NULLIFICATION is the right of every juror in interpreting both the facts of the case at hand, AND whether the law is just. Toward the end of alcohol prohibition, upwards of 60% of cases were thrown out because jurors refused to convict. Jurors are NOT informed of this responsibility and right as a way to insure the courts convict more often. Just as was the case for the failed policy of alcohol prohibition, it will be up to Americans to finally tell our government "enough is enough." Just refuse to convict for pot offenses if you are seated on a jury. That is your right as an American, and it should be our DUTY to do so to overturn these failed, expensive, injurious laws pertaining to pot.

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