"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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Mark Godfrey

Saint Louis, MO

#43 Sep 13, 2010
@Jeremy if you can overdose on pot then where are all the bodies?

Heck, I'll settle for just *one* example.

Also, you are blaming a dude falling asleep on train-tracks to cannabis? Sounds like there may have been more going on there. I've been sky-high a zillion times in my life, I always get home to my bed.

I do appreciate your admittance you still smoke, and yeah, I've scraped am empty bowl also in my life. Not proud of that at all. But that all went away when I became older, it seems that this had to do with immaturity as much as "addiction".

You do raise a good point there, I'll give you that. But even if it is a habit, I'm habituated to coffee, computers, running, my wife. It shouldn't be illegal.

Thank you!
racefanrob

Danville, KY

#44 Sep 13, 2010
I was born in Rock Falls. I got stoned in Rock Falls in my youth. I am over fifty now and am a cancer survivor of six years. The one thing that made the biggest impact on my recovery ? Marijuana, if not for it I would have starved to death from the chemotheropy. I am 6'4" and weight 200 lbs. After I was finished with chemo I barely weighed 140 lbs. So it is good medicine. I have witnessed those who have starved to death taking chemo. Y'all know that over 75% of cancer patients that die during treatment, die of starvation ? Reason, nothing has any taste, spice will set your mouth on fire even regular salt and pepper. There is no pleasure in eating while undergoing chemotheropy. I survived my chemo on water of course (lots of it), black coffee, baked potatoes with butter only, buttered bread (real butter), plain hamburger patties (no seasoning or spices). No salt, pepper, sugar, ketchup or mustard. Everything has to be bland, totally bland. Anything cold was like sticking needles in my tounge. The roof of my mouth always felt like it had been burned by hot pizza. The cancer is bad, the cure is worse. Nothing out of everything that a Dr can throw at you works for anything during cancer survival. Nothing works except Marijuana. It gave me an appetite, it eased the sick queeziness of my stomach (the chemo made me sick and I kept diahria the entie time), it took my mind off the anguish of merely having cancer and kept me composed mentally enough, even maintaining my sense of humor.
But, if it is legal, it should be legal. Cut the crap and make it like alcohol. Run by the FDA and turned into an industry, taxed and governed and given the same rights as alcohol, the people should have the right to produce a certain amount for their personal consumption in the privacy of their own home.
But cut the crap, it works. I don't care how much you are against it. I don't like alcohol, it killed my Grandpa. It's legal, Marijuana hasn't killed anyone, it's illegal. We are a backwards nation of hypocrites we are.
bell ringer

Springfield, IL

#45 Sep 16, 2010
legalize it
bell ringer

Springfield, IL

#46 Sep 16, 2010
smoke it
Rick Dees

United States

#47 Sep 17, 2010
Was in Amsterdam the Pot Capital of the World and nobody was mugging, shooting, or terrorizing anyone. Look at unemployment rates well they would be cut down if we stop putting people in jail rather then giving them jobs. American's are supposed to be FREE, so let's get some people who really know what they are talking about in Political field otherwise we are doomed for failure. Let's not have slavery still exist, stand up for your rights!
Seth

Mount Olive, IL

#48 Sep 19, 2010
This is a ridiculously biased article, and what "eye-opening information" was presented? Great job on the horrible journalism and searching for the FACTS, or talking to medical marijuana patients in states that have enacted medical marijuana policies.
justin b

United States

#49 Sep 20, 2010
the goverment needs to legalize marjuina period for medical and recrational purpose they jus tdont know how much money they would save and how much less crime there would be were spending billons of dollars on the product and the money goes to mexico all the govermnet has to do is step up they would profit from it for taxing and they would reduce the jail pouplation which would save americans taxes why should we as americans not be able to live up to what america about in the constitution it says we have the right to liberty and the pursuit of happines im not happy cuz the goverment wont legalize marjuina and alchols legal and studys show that drinking harms you more than smoking pot
Mark Godfrey

Saint Louis, MO

#50 Sep 21, 2010
re-legalize freedom!
Michelle

Chicago, IL

#51 Sep 22, 2010
Queen Victoria's favorite treatment for menstrual cramps was marijuana. It was used for medical purposes and sold at drug stores up until around 1939 in the US, when the tax act was passed, taxing the sell of marijuana heavily. There weren't problems with crime surrounding marijuana use until it started being banned and made illegal. There is no lethal dose, as you see with alcohol!
Carol Kerr

Shobonier, IL

#52 Sep 28, 2010
Honestly, reporters who write these articles must think because people inhale that they are stupid... just EXACTLY who are you calling the "EXPERTS" in this article... and what are they supposed to be experts on??

The fact of the matter is, it has been "clinically proven" that cannabis DOES help the sick and dying. Furthermore, you are probably seeing more high quality bud on the streets because that's the KIND that HELPS people!! The flat, nasty, moldy marijuana that used to cross our borders on a regular basis is now termed as SWAG! No one wants to smoke that crap!!!

The high quality marijuana you are finding on the streets have been grown in the legal states and transported here because it's BETTER FOR PATIENTS and IT'S ILLEGAL TO SMOKE IT IN ILLINOIS!!! And considering the "pharmaceutical" version of cannabis is LEGAL, it makes absolutely NO SENSE that you would prohibit the compassionate consumption of medicinal cannabis in its natural form! That is unless your campaign is funded and/or influenced by the alcohol and tobacco industries that support prohibition.

Norma Kauzlarich, who prosecutes drug cases as an assistant states attorney in Rock Island County, would really benefit the community by educating herself on the CURRENT facts about the benefits of medicinal cannabis. There are different strains that benefit different patients in different ways! A woman in her position should be aware of these facts and use that knowledge to benefit the people she SERVES! Instead she uses her closed mind to think of ways to put sick people in jail for trying to obtain a better quality of life!

And MEG Director Chris Endress, jobs, not harm, come when legislators allow patients to grow their own and for other patients. Implementing medical marijuana programs after nearly 80 years of prohibition isn't going to be without problems, but it's a cause definitely worth working through!!! If you aren’t up to the job, I’m sure the people would support your resignation to allow someone with more experience in establishing good laws for good reasons to handle the adjustment.

The compassionate use of a marijuana program is intended for people suffering from cancer, AIDS, and other debilitating diseases.“Or any other condition where a doctor believes marijuana would benefit the patient.” This means anyone that NEEDS to smoke marijuana can with a PHYSICIAN'S recommendation. Who are you as politician's to argue with a licensed doctor who states that their patient does better when using the medicine "cannabis?" Aren't you overstepping your bounds and coloring the issue with your own personal feelings and prejudices?? The harm comes in when state police and DEA go bursting into people's homes to ENFORCE your worn out, unwanted laws of prohibition!!!!

Bars bring crime and violence. Why aren't you lobbying to close all the bars and make alcohol illegal??

State Rep. Pat Verschoore,(D-Rock Island), you may want to think about leaning the other way. The people of IL are tired of hearing the lies and watching other states benefit from the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis! ESPECIALLY in light of the fact that the "prescription" form of cannabis, Marinol, which carries horrible side effects such as nausea is already LEGAL in our state. It's time to stop kissing up to Big Pharma and start listening to voters! Your job depends upon it!!

You don't have to be a liberal from Chicago to be compassionate. I think Endress and the experts quoted in this article are highly misinformed. Cannabis does brings relief to sick patients in many ways. I'm a sick and disabled resident of Illinois. I have a brain malformation which causes intense pain. In addition I have the onset of fatty liver disease from prescription pain meds. I choose cannabis over liver disease, and that choice should be mine to make.

CITIZENS OF ILLINOIS GET UP!!! STAND UP!! END THE RIDICULOUS PROHIBITION OF MEDICINAL CANNABIS TODAY!
Carol Kerr

Shobonier, IL

#53 Sep 28, 2010
Honestly, reporters who write these articles must think because people inhale that they are stupid... just EXACTLY who are you calling the "EXPERTS" in this article... and what are they supposed to be experts on??

The fact of the matter is, it has been "clinically proven" that cannabis DOES help the sick and dying. Furthermore, you are probably seeing more high quality bud on the streets because that's the KIND that HELPS people!! The flat, nasty, moldy marijuana that used to cross our borders on a regular basis is now termed as SWAG! No one wants to smoke that crap!!!

The high quality marijuana you are finding on the streets have been grown in the legal states and transported here because it's BETTER FOR PATIENTS and IT'S ILLEGAL TO SMOKE IT IN ILLINOIS!!! And considering the "pharmaceutical" version of cannabis is LEGAL, it makes absolutely NO SENSE that you would prohibit the compassionate consumption of medicinal cannabis in its natural form! That is unless your campaign is funded and/or influenced by the alcohol and tobacco industries that support prohibition.

Norma Kauzlarich, who prosecutes drug cases as an assistant states attorney in Rock Island County, would really benefit the community by educating herself on the CURRENT facts about the benefits of medicinal cannabis. There are different strains that benefit different patients in different ways! A woman in her position should be aware of these facts and use that knowledge to benefit the people she SERVES! Instead she uses her closed mind to think of ways to put sick people in jail for trying to obtain a better quality of life!

And MEG Director Chris Endress, jobs, not harm, come when legislators allow patients to grow their own and for other patients. Implementing medical marijuana programs after nearly 80 years of prohibition isn't going to be without problems, but it's a cause definitely worth working through!!! If you arent up to the job, Im sure the people would support your resignation to allow someone with more experience in establishing good laws for good reasons to handle the adjustment.

The compassionate use of a marijuana program is intended for people suffering from cancer, AIDS, and other debilitating diseases.Or any other condition where a doctor believes marijuana would benefit the patient. This means anyone that NEEDS to smoke marijuana can with a PHYSICIAN'S recommendation. Who are you as politician's to argue with a licensed doctor who states that their patient does better when using the medicine "cannabis?" Aren't you overstepping your bounds and coloring the issue with your own personal feelings and prejudices?? The harm comes in when state police and DEA go bursting into people's homes to ENFORCE your worn out, unwanted laws of prohibition!!!!

Bars bring crime and violence. Why aren't you lobbying to close all the bars and make alcohol illegal??

State Rep. Pat Verschoore,(D-Rock Island), you may want to think about leaning the other way. The people of IL are tired of hearing the lies and watching other states benefit from the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis! ESPECIALLY in light of the fact that the "prescription" form of cannabis, Marinol, which carries horrible side effects such as nausea is already LEGAL in our state. It's time to stop kissing up to Big Pharma and start listening to voters! Your job depends upon it!!

You don't have to be a liberal from Chicago to be compassionate. I think Endress and the experts quoted in this article are highly misinformed. Cannabis does brings relief to sick patients in many ways. I'm a sick and disabled resident of Illinois. I have a brain malformation which causes intense pain. In addition I have the onset of fatty liver disease from prescription pain meds. I choose cannabis over liver disease, and that choice should be mine to make.

CITIZENS OF ILLINOIS GET UP!!! STAND UP!! END THE RIDICULOUS PROHIBITION OF MEDICINAL CANNABIS TODAY!
Carol Kerr

Shobonier, IL

#54 Sep 28, 2010
Honestly, reporters who write these articles must think because people inhale that they are stupid... just EXACTLY who are you calling the "EXPERTS" in this article... and what are they supposed to be experts on??

The fact of the matter is, it has been "clinically proven" that cannabis DOES help the sick and dying. Furthermore, you are probably seeing more high quality bud on the streets because that's the KIND that HELPS people!! The flat, nasty, moldy marijuana that used to cross our borders on a regular basis is now termed as SWAG! No one wants to smoke that crap!!!

The high quality marijuana you are finding on the streets have been grown in the legal states and transported here because it's BETTER FOR PATIENTS and IT'S ILLEGAL TO SMOKE IT IN ILLINOIS!!! And considering the "pharmaceutical" version of cannabis is LEGAL, it makes absolutely NO SENSE that you would prohibit the compassionate consumption of medicinal cannabis in its natural form! That is unless your campaign is funded and/or influenced by the alcohol and tobacco industries that support prohibition.

Norma Kauzlarich, who prosecutes drug cases as an assistant states attorney in Rock Island County, would really benefit the community by educating herself on the CURRENT facts about the benefits of medicinal cannabis. There are different strains that benefit different patients in different ways! A woman in her position should be aware of these facts and use that knowledge to benefit the people she SERVES! Instead she uses her closed mind to think of ways to put sick people in jail for trying to obtain a better quality of life!
Carol Kerr

Shobonier, IL

#55 Sep 28, 2010
I apologize for repeated posts... It didn't acknowledge my post.. so I kept trying! my bad!
This article it bull

Elmhurst, IL

#56 Sep 28, 2010
All these people say in regards to crime and health concerns are lies ,straight from public officials to their constituents. All evidence based on statistics where these laws are already in effect proves all effects contrary to the statements quoted in this article. Look at any of the 14 states where it is legal

All marijuana is medical, and the list of conditions it is relieves and the health benefits from using it are there for anybody to see...make the wise choice, based on science and evidence, not fear from those who are paid to cage and persecute users of this natural medicine for the mind, body, and spirit.

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