"Medical Marijuana" impact concerns I...

"Medical Marijuana" impact concerns Illinois officials

There are 54 comments on the WQAD story from Aug 31, 2010, titled "Medical Marijuana" impact concerns Illinois officials. In it, WQAD reports that:

Medical marijuana is a hot topic in Illinois. That's where it could become the latest state to legalize the drug.

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James Connor

Loveland, CO

#1 Aug 31, 2010
I happen to live in Northern Colorado which has one of the larger concentrations of medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, and I don't see all of this crime and violence as described by Endress. In fact, there have been more bank robberies in the state then dispensary robberies: in 2009, there were 25 dispensary robberies compared to some 180 bank robberies. We may have a rather liberal medical marijuana law that allows pretty much anyone who wants to seek alternative treatment for pain the right (and when I say right, I mean it as it is in the Colorado State Constitution that VOTERS APPROVED IN 2000) to use marijuana medicinally. My suggestion, try allowing medical marijuana and stop listening to law enforcement bad mouthing something happening in a different state when they have no bearing on the reality of such programs.
AnkleSpin

Houston, TX

#2 Aug 31, 2010
Hemp/marijuana may be useful in the treatment of cancers. One molecule in hemp, CBD, can possibly treat cancers (as well as other diseases). CBD is non-psychoactive, said to have minimal side effects (especially compared to current chemotherapy), and can supposedly attenuate THC's negative side effects. Sadly, CBD is illegal. I also feel that the mainstream media coverage of the studies that show positive effects from cannabinoid treatment of diseases always seem to make the reader think that more studies are needed, refer to reefer madness, or imply that the solution will come when the pharmaceutical companies develop the supposed (always non-psychoactive) treatments. If we weren't scared of a plant, we could have these treatments already. The War on (Some) Drugs is a tragedy, ruining more lives than the drugs themselves. Until people stop lying to themselves, more lives will be ruined. Any argument against marijuana/hemp being legal has no teeth because cannabis is no worse than many legal drugs (and offers more than many legal drugs). The cannabis plant has uses as a fuel, food, and fiber, as well. Many intelligent people use and have used marijuana. I am sure that you use at least one of the products that these people have produced daily (e.g. computers). Cannabis has more to offer the world than just bong loads.
Jillian Galloway

United States

#3 Aug 31, 2010
$113 billion is spent on marijuana every year in the U.S., and because of the prohibition *every* dollar of it goes straight into the hands of criminals. Far from preventing people from using marijuana, the prohibition instead creates zero legal supply amid massive and unrelenting demand.

According to the ONDCP, at least sixty percent of Mexican drug cartel money comes from selling marijuana in the U.S., they protect this revenue by brutally torturing, murdering and dismembering thousands of innocent people.

If we can STOP people using marijuana then we need to do so NOW, but if we can't then we need to legalize the production and sale of marijuana to adults with after-tax prices set too low for the cartels to match. One way or another, we have to force the cartels out of the marijuana market and eliminate their highly lucrative marijuana incomes - no business can withstand the loss of sixty percent of its revenue!

To date, the cartels have amassed more than 100,000 "foot soldiers" and operate in 230 U.S. cities, and the longer they're able to exploit the prohibition the more powerful they get and the more our own personal security is put at risk.
Chad

United States

#4 Aug 31, 2010
I live in Denver. Here in Denver there are still more crime surrounding liquor stores than dispensaries. So I really think your law enforcement and DA's office are doing nothing more than spreading false propaganda. Medical Marijuana has generated millions of dollars for our state with little to no increase in crime. Our stupid DA use to spout the same stuff until a public records request was granted and it showed that Marijuana dispensaries have less crime than liquor stores.

As for medical value, Marijuana has huge benefits. Please educate yourselves.
There are literally thousands of studies that show how effective Marijuana is. See them here. http://norml.org/index.cfm...

Chris Endress your not a doctor so don't speak on things you don't understand.

Storm Crow

Stockton, CA

#5 Aug 31, 2010
These titles are from WebMD, a respected source of medical information-

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

"Marijuana's Active Ingredient Targets Deadly Brain Cancer"

"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 Fight Lung Tumors"

"Marijuana May Slow Alzheimer's"

"Marijuana Smoking Doesn't Kill"

But remember, folks ""Medical marijuana is a misnomer," said Norma Kauzlarich, who prosecutes drug cases as an assistant states attorney in Rock Island County. "No such thing exists. It's marijuana -- simply, plain -- just marijuana."

And for more actual medical information from scientists and doctors (not an assistant states attorney whose job depends on persecuting people who use this safe herbal medicine), run a search for "Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List - July 2010" for 100s of free MMJ studies and articles. Learn from actual medical studies and articles about them what "simply, plain -- just marijuana" can do for you!

"These pot clubs bring crime and violence," Endress said. "We just don't need that. It's just not worth it."

Funny, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck, doesn't seem to agree, and he's in the thick of the dispensaries in LA! "LAPD chief: Pot clinics not plagued by crime" (DailyNews -Jan 17, 2010)

"They warn that loopholes in Illinois legislation would allow pot dispensaries to pop up anywhere."

The dispensaries in my area employ a minimum of 6 staff members each, plus the growers, and those who supply growing aides, books, magazines, and other assorted items that aid use. What's the unemployment rate in your area? Could you use a few new jobs?

"I think the majority of people are misinformed," Endress concluded. "They think this just brings relief to sick people. That's simply not the case."

I believe that Chris Endress is uninformed and needs to read the 420 pages of links that I have gathered in my list! Base your decision on the medical facts, not what some DA or self-serving politician has to say! Learn from PubMed, WebMD and other RELIABLE sources! Educate yourself! Thank you.
End the Prohibition

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Aug 31, 2010
Not much more to say than the first 4 commenters have already said.

I have yet to hear of anyone dying from an overdose of pot. Alcohol, yes.
Sean M

New York, NY

#7 Aug 31, 2010
I cant wait to open my dispensary... Its going to be sweet. I think the first one will be in Rock Island, franchise rights will follow in 6 months. Get in line now investors.
Ms Kitty

Valdosta, GA

#8 Aug 31, 2010
Marajuana should be legalized. The side-efects of it are much safer & tolerable than some prescription drugs. I'd rather see someone loaded up on marajuana than alcohol, meth, cocaine & all that other garbage.
Ignorance

United States

#9 Aug 31, 2010
The message of Law Enforcement is simple...The use of Medicinal Marijuana should be allowed, BUT, manufactured by a pharmacutical company that removes the componants to "get high", and prescribed like any other medication i.e. through a pharmacy. I don't care who you are...we don't need everyone growing and smoking marijuana. I for one don't want my kids driving down the road with every other car having a stoned driver, because they can legally smoke cannabis and get high...If I'm prescribed an opiate based pain killer for whatever, that doesn't give me the right to grow opium in my back yard and distribute it out to everyone with a "Medical Card". Plain and simple...the law is a back door to legalize medicine and the liberals are using the terminally ill as an excuse to get it through.

Public...don't be confused by the ignorant here...do your own research...you will find that crime does increase...the cost to the taxpayers go way up for rehabilitational type treatments...and no money is made by the state, because all these "medical caregivers" are "vonlunteers" they don't clain income...

Look at California and Colorado's websites by the department of public health...only a small percentage of users have cancer or whatever...over 90% are people with "pain"...i.e. sore neck...they are all 20 year old stoners...I encourage all to pull up you tube and do a search...its all there.

I can't wait for my co-workers at the shop to be putting together industrial items stoned out of their minds...stoned fireman...stoned teachers...stoned (fill in the blank)....its medicine, you can't fire someone for using medication...think about it...

No brainer...
Cheese

Brick, NJ

#10 Aug 31, 2010
I'm happy the only responses here are pro-marijuana arguments, as it is being attacked by many ignorant people in the media today. Both the writer and the interviewees need to see this (legitimate) information on medical/ recreational use in major cities. and start to see a bigger picture.
As of 2007 $50 million a year is spent preventing some alcohol related problems. Which resulted in 15,387 deaths still not prevented. Marijuana prohibition consumes near 13 billion a year, with a STILL GROWING COMMUNITY.
Our govenrment is spending gratuitous amounts of money on preventing a substance that simply is not worth it. The effects of Marijuana are nominal in comparison to both alchohol and tobacco. STOP THE (Unwinable) WAR
Ignorance

United States

#11 Aug 31, 2010
You people are so funny...give it a fight...go for it...make it legal, but through a pharmacy...controlled by a real doctor...manufacuted by a pharmacutical company...just like any other prescription drug...I take allergy medications...that doesn't give me the right to manufacture it myself...why...oh I don't know...maybe something called the FDA? anybody heard of them...they make sure everything is produced in a safe manner...this as just an excuse for people to get high...use your heads...
Wes

Loveland, CO

#12 Aug 31, 2010
According to SAMHSA.GOV , 9.81% of Illinois residents smoked pot in 2008. Over 1 million recreational users, but no safe, legal access for patients. The law enforcement community is much better at stopping patient access to medical cannabis than it is at stopping recreational pot.
RevRayGreen

West Des Moines, IA

#13 Aug 31, 2010
I am living proof using marijuana over prescription medicine is not about getting high. In fact this recent study proves it. I have musltiple sclerosis and take no prescription medicine.

Source: Los Angeles Times

USA -- Stick to the pipe, medical marijuana users: that’s the message from Canadian researchers who found that smoking even relatively low doses of cannabis can help reduce chronic pain, ease sleep and reduce anxiety. The findings were published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

For the study, 21 participants experiencing chronic neuropathic pain for at least three months smoked different preparations of marijuana three times a day for five days each, and stayed smoke-free for nine days as a buffer in between treatments.

The most potent concentration was 9.4% tetrahydrocannabinol (the active ingredient in cannabis), followed by one of 6%, one of 2.5% and one with no THC at all.

Patients who inhaled the highest THC concentration felt pain less intensely and slept better than patients who did not inhale THC-laced smoke. Those taking the highest doze reported a pain level of 5.4 on a scale of 1 to 11 –lower than the 6.1 reported by those taking the THC-free dose.

The study’s authors concede that a 0.7-point reduction in pain is pretty modest compared with the improvements seen from other drugs – but they also point out that the patients they were testing had suffered from pain that had resisted other forms of treatment. Smoking up, then, could provide at least some relief to those who can find none.
RevRayGreen

West Des Moines, IA

#15 Aug 31, 2010
Ignorance wrote:
maybe something called the FDA? anybody heard of them......
yea, and many things they approve aren't safe.

How many lawsuits are there against pharmacutical giants?

Why no lawsuits against the maker of marijuana? You can't sue God.
Reason

Canada

#16 Aug 31, 2010
Prohibition brings crime & violence.
Time to take control away from the criminals; Tax, Control & Regulate!
Real Ignorance

Chicago, IL

#17 Aug 31, 2010
Ignorance-

If you take too many or your opiate painkillers, you will die.

If you take too much of your allergy medicine, you will die.

If you take drink too much water, you will die.

You can smoke marijuana until you fall asleep; and that is all that will happen- you will fall asleep.

Marijuana is virtually non toxic, so why must it be so strictly regulated by the FDA? In my state, I can grow tomatoes in my back yard. As far as toxicity goes, marijuana and my tomatoes are pretty close...

Also, you claim that everyone will be driving around, doing their jobs high on marijuana. Do you drive around and do your job high on your opiate painkillers? Hopefully not, because that would be illegal and unsafe, just as it would be for marijuana. This country has a serious addiction to many prescription medications; but these medications are still available to people who need them. Fortunately, marijuana is not an addictive substance.

And lastly, before you rebut to my last statement citing the number of people in drug rehabilitation for marijuana addiction, think about this...
A vast majority of these "marijuana addicts" are placed into rehabilitation programs as a punishment for marijuana related offenses. They are not there to break their addiction to marijuana, but they are there in lieu of jail time.

As said above, marijuana prohibition negatively affects more lives than the actual marijuana plant itself. This is the number one reason that we need to take a serious look at not only our medicinal marijuana policies, but our marijuana laws all together.
jakelws78

Murfreesboro, TN

#18 Aug 31, 2010
I JUST HAVE A COUPLE THINGS TO SAY...I'M NOT A USER OF MARIJUANA...BUT... I SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH IT!!! I HAVE USED IN THE PAST, SEVERAL TIMES, FOR SEVERAL YEARS!!! NEVER BEING ADDICTED!!! I CAN START AND STOP WHEN I PLEASE!!! I HAVE NEVER STOLE OR BROKEN ANY OTHER LAW TO OBTAIN MARIJUANA... THIS SIMPLY IS NOT THE DRUG WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT!!! THERE IS A TON OF MONEY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE OFF OF MARIJUANA!!! THINK ABOUT IT... WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DIG OUR ASSES OUT OF THE HOLE WE'RE IN!!! BUT.. FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE AFFRAID TO STEP INTO THE SHOES OF A REAL PERSON, AND SIT BACK ON THE SIDE LINES PREACHIN ABOUT HOW THIS IS SO DAMN BAD FOR US....YOU HAVE NO IDEA... USE AN OPEN MIND!!! HELP OUR COUNTRY DO AWAY WITH MONEY BEING LOST FIGHTING THIS BLESSING OF NATURE AND MAKE IT INTO A GOOD AND PROFITABLE THING WE CAN ALL ENJOY!!! ITS NO DIFFERENT THAN ALCOHOL OR CIGARETTES!!!! SMOKE ON!!!
RevRayGreen

West Des Moines, IA

#19 Aug 31, 2010
"LAPD chief: Pot clinics not plagued by crime" (DailyNews -Jan 17, 2010)

"And for more actual medical information from scientists and doctors (not an assistant states attorney whose job depends on persecuting people who use this safe herbal medicine), run a search for "Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List - July 2010" for 100s of free MMJ studies and articles. Learn from actual medical studies and articles"

No, it is completey different than alcohol and cigaretts. Alcohol and cigarettes kill you either slowly or as in the case of alcohol, it can be instant.
RevRayGreen

West Des Moines, IA

#20 Aug 31, 2010
promo-video 'Medical Marijuana Outlaws' introducing Saint Michael and the Deacon along with Rev Ray Green, hosts of "Green Central Station" SATURDAYS 6-7 pm LIVE

Dre

Chicago, IL

#21 Aug 31, 2010
The only viable reason that these politicians will vote against bud is because they can't find a legit way to flip it and make their pockets fatter.

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