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Billy

Dyersburg, TN

#213 Nov 3, 2012
Bulldog wrote:
I don't have to Google for the ridiculous sensational so called news I get alerts when ever a worthy news story is published. I also routinely check such sites as:
http://www.commonsensedrugpolicy.org/
http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana/factsmyth...
http://www.showmethefacts.org/
http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php
this site is Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
http://www.norml.com/
you can also follow norml on facebook
Plus I read a lot of printed articles and publications.
Knowledge is power.
And you must be one of the few and the proud who sit in a large house, drive the nicest cars, and never have to worry about the price of groceries or how you are goin to pay for them. I don't smoke marijuana but I know alot of good people that do. Meth has eaten up our cities, hospitals, and our taxes. Booz kills every year. Tobacco kills. Why not legalize somthing less harmful for a change. Creates many jobs. Generates lots of revenue. Helps tight asses such as yourself relax. People like you tend to judge solely by what you here. Im in tennessee now but i lived in california and witnessed first hand the growth in such a short time period. They are rebuilding all the roads, giving construction workers plenty of jobs. They donate money religiously. And as for the cartels if we legalize it then how can they peddle their low grade shit here. The fast food is now cheaper than groceries we need a change now we tried it your way and look at us. Time for a change now
Bulldog

Thomasville, NC

#214 Nov 4, 2012
Billy wrote:
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And you must be one of the few and the proud who sit in a large house, drive the nicest cars, and never have to worry about the price of groceries or how you are goin to pay for them. I don't smoke marijuana but I know alot of good people that do. Meth has eaten up our cities, hospitals, and our taxes. Booz kills every year. Tobacco kills. Why not legalize somthing less harmful for a change. Creates many jobs. Generates lots of revenue. Helps tight asses such as yourself relax. People like you tend to judge solely by what you here. Im in tennessee now but i lived in california and witnessed first hand the growth in such a short time period. They are rebuilding all the roads, giving construction workers plenty of jobs. They donate money religiously. And as for the cartels if we legalize it then how can they peddle their low grade shit here. The fast food is now cheaper than groceries we need a change now we tried it your way and look at us. Time for a change now
I think you have me confused with someone else. I have a small modest house in the country. My newest car is 9 years old yet it is quite nice. I cringe whenever I go to the store. I raise a garden and goats and my freezer is full of vegetables and game. On the other hand I agree with everything you are saying. America's biggest mistake was to outlaw hemp. And to continue to keep it illegal simply because the cops can't tell the difference between pot and hemp is ludicrous.
sober

Knoxville, TN

#215 Nov 4, 2012
Your minds are so clouded you just dont see...Getting high is not a lifestyle, it's a style of death. I dont care if your talking of alcohol, pot, oxy's....whatever...it is very stupid to get high. You dont need to be under the influence of something to relax. I dont have a problem with growing non-THC containing Hemp for it's industrial purposes. If pot is such a good medecine, why dont doctors prescribe it more often? Doctors dont even prescribe Marinol that often. And I dont buy that its the "herb of the earth" or "Gods plant". God put Poison Ivy on Earth and we dont smoke it. Smoking anything is bad for you. Your lungs are designed for air, not smoke.
lucky

Henry, TN

#217 Nov 29, 2012
there are no lasting affects of pot you have never heard of anyone ODing on pot the worse thats gonna happen is you gona get hungry eat up all the food in the house then take a nap but you can OD on pills but yet doctors are giving them out every day an cigarettes can cause harmful effects but yet they still sell them an beer if you drink enough it can cause liver failier but its still sold so what gives
Whisper

Carthage, TN

#218 Feb 27, 2013
If I had to choose between marijuana and alcohol to be legal I would have to go green.The statistics shows that more people have been killed or lost their life due to drinking.Plus it can be used for so many more things that could actually help our economy if it was taxed like tobacco and alcohol and it could also replace what we cut so many trees down for.I say it will be an ordeal just like when they passed the law to sell booze but I see more positive ways for the use of smoke than I do booze and people who are scared for the children well do like you do tobacco and booze put an age limit on it.
CannaBus

Kingsport, TN

#219 Jun 2, 2013
Julie wrote:
A lady just won a $300 million lawsuit against one of the cigarett companies even tho she admitted she knew smoking caused cancer. I certainly wouldn't want to be the one selling the pot "legally". IMO it's not healthy breathing smoke into your lungs be it from cigs or a joint.
Most of America is over weight now and that drives up the cost of healthcare. All we need is the government making it legal for them to smoke pot and get the muchies. But the govenment will do anything for tax revenue. I'm sure they're already worried about where their next pay raise is coming from.
You do not have to smoke cannabis, you can vaporize it or cook it and eat it, both are safe and will not cause any cancer, so those people saying that it is a health risk are basing their facts on SMOKING it, not any other method.
Dingo Dan

Kingsport, TN

#220 Jun 2, 2013
Why is it that fast food is becoming cheaper than buying groceries?
Bulldog

Hermitage, TN

#221 Jul 4, 2013
The Hamilton County, Tennessee, Grand Jury has recommended that the state’s legislature legalize the possession of marijuana.

“In order to reduce the number of cases heard by the Grand Jury, and reduce the number of cases proceeding to 528320_583619288329957_1189393 277_nCriminal Court, the State Legislature should consider legalizing the possession of a small amount of marijuana, which is not packaged for resale”, stated Judge Rebecca Stern in a recent report released by the panel.

If politicians in Tennessee take this advice to heart, and legalize marijuana, not only would it free up courts, it would free up police resources and manpower to focus on violent criminals, rather than persecuting people for possessing and consuming a non-lethal plant – this will simultaneously free up prison space, and will bring the state much needed tax revenue, if retail sales are also legalized.

Currently in Tennessee, possessing a half an ounce or less of marijuana is punishable by up to a year in prison – anything over half an ounce is considered distribution, and carries a prison sentence of up to 6 years.

- TheJointBlog

http://thejointblog.com/tennessee-county-gran ...
bill smith

Winnsboro, SC

#222 Jul 4, 2013
role role role a joint, twist it at the ends,take a puff that's a nuff, pass it to a friend.
bill smith

Winnsboro, SC

#223 Jul 4, 2013
When at first you don't succeed,f##I the world,and smoke some weed
bill smith

Winnsboro, SC

#224 Jul 4, 2013
Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch some marijuana, jack pulled down his pants, and Jill said I don't wanta
Bulldog

United States

#225 Jul 8, 2013
40% of U.S. States Have Now Passed Medical Cannabis Laws, Soon to be More

With the recent approval of New Hampshire’s medical marijuana legalization measure, 20 states have now passed a medical cannabis law, either through a voter-approved initiative, or through a legislative proposal. It’s worth pointing out that this makes 40% of the entire United States.thisphoto

This is exciting, and inspiring. As advocates of cannabis law reform, we obviously understand that this isn’t enough – and even in the 20 medical cannabis states the laws aren’t perfect – but we can’t lose sight of the fact that it’s an astonishing turn of events that in 17 years, from the passing of Prop 215 in California in 1996, to the victories over the past several years, things have advanced quickly, and public opinion has shift drastically; in fact, polling shows that over 80% of those in the U.S. support legalizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes (some of the most recent polling shows it as high as 85%). This is huge, and shows that even after decades of intense propaganda, the public can still be swayed with logic, compassion and facts.

Things aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

The Illinois Legislature has recently approved a measure legalizing medical cannabis, which the governor isn’t expected to veto. This makes state number 21. New York – whose House has approved a measure legalizing medical cannabis; it awaits a vote in the Senate – could turnout to be the 22nd (as could any number of other states).

Soon – if not by next year – 50% of the U.S. will have legalized medical cannabis, or at least passed some form of positive medical cannabis law. The states that continue to prohibit medical cannabis will topple quickly from there, simultaneous with the uprising of recreational legalization.

The pressure on the feds is mounting like never before.

- TheJointBlog
http://thejointblog.com/40-of-states-have-now...

And the Award for Most Reformed State During the 2013 Legislative Session Goes to..

California Supreme Court: Warrant Required to Open Packages that Smell Like Cannabis
Bulldog

United States

#226 Jul 8, 2013
Judge Rules That Feds Must Halt Attempts To Seize Nation’s Largest Dispensary

In a ruling Oakland’s Attorney Cedric Chao has called “very significant”, a federal judge has ruled in favor of the city, and against the feds, in stating that Harborside Health Center – one of the nation’s largest medicalharborside-health-cente r cannabis dispensaries (featured on Discover Channel’s Weed Wars)– can remain open and operational while the city continues to fight the federal government’s attempts to shut the location down.

“The court has recognized that Oakland has legitimate interests in protecting its residents’ health, in promoting public safety, and in protecting the integrity of its legislative framework for the regulation of medical cannabis,” stated Chao,“Today’s order, coming right before the July Fourth holiday, reminds us all that one of the strengths of our country is its independent judiciary.”

The ruling comes several months after U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag filed a forfeiture case aimed at seizing the building in which the dispensary is located. The feds had attempted to immediately shut the location down, which this new ruling declares they can’t do, at least while the city of Oakland sues over the validity of the fed’s legal challenge; they believe that they have the authority to issue permits for medical cannabis facilities.

The city of Oakland claims that closing dispensaries in their city will result in a significant loss in tax revenue, as well as an increase in crime as most patients would then resort to the black-market.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag has so far refused to comment on the new ruling to any media source.

- TheJointBlog

http://thejointblog.com/judge-rules-that-feds...
Bulldog

Loudon, TN

#227 Jul 9, 2013
From Marijuana for all:
Imagine cannabis completely decriminalized.. Instead of bars, there would be cannabis peace lounges, since the people would have an alternative, it's without a doubt cannabis would win over alcohol. Less drinking and driving crimes/injuries. We would save 14 billion per year and reduce our prison population by half. New businesses would flourish, including cannabis spas, meditation centers. People would be less likely to start a war since they would become more conscious and self aware. Millions of people would have access to healthy and alternative medication instead of the pills that big Pharma uses to exterminate the population and make people even sicker (to guarantee returning costumers). This is the future I envision.. A future worth fighting for. I bow to no king and hold no allegiance to any politician. Anyone else feel me?
Long Gone

Candler, NC

#228 Jul 10, 2013
Oh, it's coming to our fine state before long. There are so many medical benefits from marijuana. I can't wait!
citizen

Kingsport, TN

#229 Jul 10, 2013
medical marijuana will take the place of many pills that are handed out at pharmacies and many people will be trying to get perscriptions for this mirical drug . the state will put so much tax on it and the people that have permits to grow it will charge so much for it that it will break the insurance companys . politicians and lobbyist will ruin yet another good thing .
Bulldog

Bulls Gap, TN

#230 Jul 10, 2013
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/524...

Nightly News | July 09, 2013
Parents turn to medical marijuana to soothe sick children
In 17 states kids are able to get medical marijuana, by prescription, to treat everything from autism to cancer to seizures. Growers are now breeding the plants with low levels of the substance THC, which reportedly helps kids get the medicinal benefits of marijuana without the high. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.
Bulldog

Bulls Gap, TN

#231 Jul 10, 2013
New Study: Cannabis Can Slow, Cure Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study conducted by researchers at the Roskamp Institute in Florida, and published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience,MMMA LEAF AND SYMBOL_full has found that cannabis can slow the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease, and may in fact be able to halt it entirely.

According to Corbin Bachmeier, Ph.D – who’s the lead researcher of the study – Alzheimer’s Disease is “the result of impaired A&#946; [Amyloid-&#946; protein] clearance from the brain”. According to this study, cannabis can solve this problem, making it a potential treatment.

Here’s the study’s abstract:

Emerging evidence suggests beta-amyloid (A&#946;) deposition in the Alzheimer’s disease (AD) brain is the result of impaired clearance, due in part to diminished A&#946; transport across the blood–brain barrier (BBB). Recently, modulation of the cannabinoid system was shown to reduce A&#946; brain levels and improve cognitive behavior in AD animal models. The purpose of the current studies was to investigate the role of the cannabinoid system in the clearance of A&#946; across the BBB. Using in vitro and in vivo models of BBB clearance, A&#946; transit across the BBB was examined in the presence of cannabinoid receptor agonists and inhibitors. In addition, expression levels of the A&#946; transport protein, lipoprotein receptor-related protein1 (LRP1), were determined in the brain and plasma of mice following cannabinoid treatment. Cannabinoid receptor agonism or inhibition of endocannabinoid-degrading enzymes significantly enhanced A&#946; clearance across the BBB (2-fold). Moreover, cannabinoid receptor inhibition negated the stimulatory influence of cannabinoid treatment on A&#946; BBB clearance. Additionally, LRP1 levels in the brain and plasma were elevated following cannabinoid treatment (1.5-fold), providing rationale for the observed increase in A&#946; transit from the brain to the periphery. The current studies demonstrate, for the first time, a role for the cannabinoid system in the transit of A&#946; across the BBB. These findings provide insight into the mechanism by which cannabinoid treatment reduces A&#946; burden in the AD brain and offer additional evidence on the utility of this pathway as a treatment for AD.

This research validates past studies (including some presented earlier this year, as well as a 2006 study), though is the first to actually explain why cannabis can be beneficial to the disease.

- TheJointBlog

http://thejointblog.com/new-study-cannabis-ca...
Bulldog

Bulls Gap, TN

#232 Jul 10, 2013
Bill Introduced to Decriminalize Cannabis in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells unveiled a proposal today which would decriminalize the possession of of up to an ounce of cann22222abis, making it a simple $100 ticket, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor that carries with it the possibility of jail time.

Under current law in D.C., the possession of even a couple grams can land someone in jail for up to 6 months.

“Once you have a marijuana charge on your record, you cannot participate in certainly the construction boom that is happening all over the city, and it works to stigmatize people … and it disadvantages them from jobs”, stated Councilman Wells at a press conference.

The move is supported by a vast majority of D.C. residents; polling released earlier this year found that 75% of those in the district support the decriminalization of cannabis, and 64% support its legalization.

- TheJointBlog

http://thejointblog.com/bill-introduced-to-de...
Bulldog

Murfreesboro, TN

#233 Jul 12, 2013
U.S. House of Representatives Approves Farms Bill Which Would Legalize Hemp Research

The United States House of Representatives, with a 216 to 208 vote, has approved a national farms bill aimed at overhauling farm laws across the nation.hemp One of the amendments included in the proposal – which was voted on and approved last month – would legalize industrial hemp research in states which have legalized its production under state law, such as Kentucky.

“Without a doubt, this was an historic day for industrial hemp in America”, stated Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who has pushed for hemp legalization on the national level since Kentucky approved a measure legalizing hemp earlier this year; ”There’s a long way to go in the legislative process. And I won’t be satisfied until Kentucky farmers can legally grow industrial hemp again. But I am pleased that we have made it this far.”

Eric Steenstra, president of the organization Vote Hemp, shared a similar sentiment;”We’re excited that the hemp amendment was included in the farm bill that was passed today. This moves us one step closer to our goal.”

The farms bill now moves to the Senate; a lot of discussion and back-and-forth is still expected, but so far there’s been no indication that the hemp portion of the bill will be removed.

- TheJointBlog

http://thejointblog.com/u-s-house-of-represen...

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