Medical marijuana program progresses

Medical marijuana program progresses

There are 43 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jan 10, 2009, titled Medical marijuana program progresses. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

The New Mexico Department of Health is accepting applications from nonprofit businesses that want to produce and distribute medical marijuana to certified patients in the state.

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west sider

El Paso, TX

#1 Jan 11, 2009
El Paso city council should look to New Mexico in it's search for drug policy.

Since: Jan 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Jan 19, 2009
Wow, New Mexico is stepping up to the plate and doing something creative, far ahead of the curve.

For those living with these dibilitating and pain producing illnesses; this program will make life so much easier. As a 25 year survivor of HIV infection, I can speak from experience just how difficult it is to acquire Cannibis, and to make sure one has a continuing supply that is both pure, and not too expensive.

Now maybe the country could take a hint from New Mexico, California, Oregon and Arizona, and finally stop trying to regulate a "Creation of God" and just let all of us use it for the relief that it was created to give.

What a concept!

Since: Sep 08

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#3 Jan 19, 2009
Go ahead and wish upon a star, Medical use of the drug is still a federal crime, and the feds still bust and arrest these store front drug dealers.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#4 Jan 19, 2009
Fupi wrote:
Wow, New Mexico is stepping up to the plate and doing something creative, far ahead of the curve.
For those living with these dibilitating and pain producing illnesses; this program will make life so much easier. As a 25 year survivor of HIV infection, I can speak from experience just how difficult it is to acquire Cannibis, and to make sure one has a continuing supply that is both pure, and not too expensive.
Now maybe the country could take a hint from New Mexico, California, Oregon and Arizona, and finally stop trying to regulate a "Creation of God" and just let all of us use it for the relief that it was created to give.
What a concept!
New Mexico creating a bigger drug problem, Yep what a concept. More drug users, More drug from Mexico. You could move to California too.
Let us Grow it

El Paso, TX

#5 Jan 19, 2009
The tobacco industry will never allow the marijuana industry to become legal in this country. Imagine a place where you can grow your own weed without federal persecution? A lot of cancer patients would benefit from this herb; it would help them eat because it controls the nausea; it would help them manage the pain! All with out too much costs because its weed, and it does possess the same types of side effects that the standard pain killers have. This has to be brought to the table, the tobacco lobbyist control our interest more than they should. All I can say is thanks to Beto O'Roarke for bringing this serious issue to the fore-front again!

Since: Jan 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#6 Jan 19, 2009
Land Locked Sailor wrote:
Go ahead and wish upon a star, Medical use of the drug is still a federal crime, and the feds still bust and arrest these store front drug dealers.
Let's see; God created Cannibis, Silicibin Mushrooms and Coca Trees. Then along came the United States Government somewhere about the 1920's, and created laws that make the use of these plants a federal crime.

How's that working for us?

Just saying that using some of God's creation, not unlike smoking tobacco, is a crime, does not in my mind make a person a criminal. I just wonder how far the government needs to go in the enforcement of these stupid laws because of the expense, the lack of any real effect on the use of them, and the incredible thoughtlessness in the laws' creation.

You know, sometimes just moving on and getting rid of laws that cannot be enforced effectively is called "growth of a nation".

Hmmmm. Something to think about.

What would Jesus do?
mole

Portland, OR

#7 Jan 19, 2009
Land Locked Sailor wrote:
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New Mexico creating a bigger drug problem, Yep what a concept. More drug users, More drug from Mexico. You could move to California too.
Mexican marijuana is commonly called dirt weed. It is not suitable for medical uses. Im on the medical marijuana program in my state and using less than a gram of marijuana a day sure beats the heII out of taking 2 80mg oxycotins, 4 7.5mg oxycodone and 2 somas a day.

Since: Jan 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#8 Jan 19, 2009
mole wrote:
<quoted text> using less than a gram of marijuana a day sure beats the heII out of taking 2 80mg oxycotins, 4 7.5mg oxycodone and 2 somas a day.
OOOO. Now there are a couple of drugs which should be against the law to prescribe!!! Nasty stuff those.
mole

Portland, OR

#9 Jan 19, 2009
Fupi wrote:
<quoted text>
OOOO. Now there are a couple of drugs which should be against the law to prescribe!!! Nasty stuff those.
I broke my back a year and a half ago on the job. In the past 6 months that Ive used medical marijuana I got off those vile pills. The marijuana helped with the withdrawls that I went thruogh by 80%. I talked to my boss and he would not allow me to return to work while on them. He knows that I use marijuana legally and he let me return to work 4 months ago.
mole

Portland, OR

#10 Jan 19, 2009
One thing that I should say is that I dont use it before or during work. I also dont use it and drive.
Curious

United States

#11 Jan 19, 2009
In 2002 I was diagnosed with cervical stenosis. It almost permanently paralyzed me. I have had 2 surgeries on my neck and 2 on my lower back. Although my lower back is doing well and I am able to work, my neck is not well. I have multiple herniated disks and currently have a pinched nerve in c5/c6 which is probably due to scar tissue. I live with extreme neck and shoulder pain. The chronic headaches never go away and even when I pop my meds I still have to live with a high level of pain. Although I stay tough, My deteriorating spinal cord condition rules my life. Could MED Marijuana help. Any one know?

Since: Jan 09

Gaffney, SC

#12 Jan 19, 2009
Curious wrote:
Could MED Marijuana help. Any one know?
There is no way to tell, except for you to try it. If you are not a smoker, I would suggest you try eating it, either in brownies, or spaghetti sauce. Either way, don't take too much to start with.
leo

Morgantown, WV

#13 Jan 19, 2009
just execute all drug users and be done with it. Problem solved.

Since: Sep 08

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#14 Jan 19, 2009
When the medical field unites and convices congress and the american people, There will be no federal standard for medical use. Maybe there should be a government office you could go to and get treatment.

For those who get comfort by the usage, i hope you can continue to feel less pain.

But i am still against States setting up there own laws and all the time knowing it is against federal law and the users could be prosecuted. States need to work with the government.

I also feel there need to be harder punishment for casual users and growers.
Just The Facts Jack

Brownsville, TX

#15 Jan 19, 2009
mark

Morgantown, WV

#16 Jan 19, 2009
Land Locked Sailor wrote:
When the medical field unites and convices congress and the american people, There will be no federal standard for medical use. Maybe there should be a government office you could go to and get treatment.
For those who get comfort by the usage, i hope you can continue to feel less pain.
But i am still against States setting up there own laws and all the time knowing it is against federal law and the users could be prosecuted. States need to work with the government.
I also feel there need to be harder punishment for casual users and growers.
You sir are an idiot. Yes, harder punishments for consensual behavior that harms no one. Do you understand that this country already imprisons far more people than any other nation??? You wish to see that number increased???? After 40 years of tired failed get tougher criminal policies toward drugs what makes you believe that harder criminal sanctions would have any effect???? Adults in a free country should be able to have control over their own bodies. And marijuana policy should be controlled at the state not federal level. Thank god some states are standing up to the federal government and morons like you who have forgotten what it means to live in a free country.
Richard P Steeb

Walnut Creek, CA

#17 Jan 19, 2009
Land Locked Sailor wrote:
When the medical field unites and convices congress and the american people, There will be no federal standard for medical use. Maybe there should be a government office you could go to and get treatment.
For those who get comfort by the usage, i hope you can continue to feel less pain.
But i am still against States setting up there own laws and all the time knowing it is against federal law and the users could be prosecuted. States need to work with the government.
I also feel there need to be harder punishment for casual users and growers.
What is the schizoid mentality in people who are happy to allow the ill to find relief in the herb, but wish to deliberately apply ill effect on the healthy who choose to use the same herb?

Let me boil it down for you, pal:

Any nation with thriving alcohol and tobacco industries lacks the moral authority to issue a stern look at adult *recreational* use of cannabis.

And don't quote "federal law" when the criteria for CSA Schedule I specifically exclude cannabis; as duly noted by DEA Judge Francis Young twenty years ago. For Cannabis to remain misclassified in CSA Schedule I is absolutely unacceptable.

Do you know how Cannabis came to be REMOVED from the US Pharmacopoeia? Please explain the science that overcame O'Shaugnessy's brilliant gift...

hint:
http://www.google.com/search... ;

For Cannabis to remain misclassified in CSA Schedule I is absolutely unacceptable.
mole

Portland, OR

#18 Jan 20, 2009
Curious wrote:
In 2002 I was diagnosed with cervical stenosis. It almost permanently paralyzed me. I have had 2 surgeries on my neck and 2 on my lower back. Although my lower back is doing well and I am able to work, my neck is not well. I have multiple herniated disks and currently have a pinched nerve in c5/c6 which is probably due to scar tissue. I live with extreme neck and shoulder pain. The chronic headaches never go away and even when I pop my meds I still have to live with a high level of pain. Although I stay tough, My deteriorating spinal cord condition rules my life. Could MED Marijuana help. Any one know?
It did me. Talk to your doctor and see if he will recomend your use.
mole

Portland, OR

#19 Jan 20, 2009
Fupi wrote:
<quoted text>
There is no way to tell, except for you to try it. If you are not a smoker, I would suggest you try eating it, either in brownies, or spaghetti sauce. Either way, don't take too much to start with.
I find that an atomizer works the best.
mole

Portland, OR

#20 Jan 20, 2009
leo wrote:
just execute all drug users and be done with it. Problem solved.
Ok start with all people who use over the counter drugs. Then move on to the ones who have prescribed drugs. Might as well execute all those who write prescriptions as well. That work for you?

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