Best Marijuana Legalization Strategy

Best Marijuana Legalization Strategy

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#1 Feb 20, 2013
The best solution is that marijuana should only be grown on federal land and taxed, with the proceeds going to pay down the national debt.

Objections will come from the following industries which use a large amount of their income to pay legislators to keep hemp illegal because they don’t want competition.
They know hemp is superior to most of their products; and don’t want the public to have a choice:
The pharmaceutical industry, the clothing industry, the timber and paper products industries, and others.
Drug cartels and marijuana farmers who won’t be able to charge outrageous prices, thanks to legal competition.
People who are easily confused by propaganda and don’t want to do any work to search for truth (conservatives).

Approval will come from:
Law enforcement, which can focus officers and resources on dangerous drugs.
Border Patrol can focus on catching those bringing in dangerous drugs, because Mexicans with marijuana won’t be able to compete with us.
Those who want an end to drug wars and crime resulting from the criminalization of marijuana.
Those who would use marijuana instead of dangerous drugs that are destroying our society.
Those who want homeopathic drugs that are far safer than many pharmaceuticals.
Those who want more products produced in the U.S. instead of imported.
Those who keep using the federal debt for political gain will either approve or be exposed as liars (Republicans).
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#3 Feb 21, 2013
Marijuana Is Real Medicine for a Long List of Ills
Phoenix New Times News
Marijuana keeps Craig Rodgers alive.
Craig Rodgers, 36, hopes that smoking and eating marijuana will slow the progression of his brain cancer.
With his muscular physique and energetic, fast-talking personality, the 36-year-old Las Vegas resident seems the epitome of health — except for the banana-size scar on the left side of his head.
Rodgers was on a good career track as a trade-show organizer until 2006, when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Now he's a passionate advocate of medical marijuana, lives on government disability, and earns a few extra bucks making candles that look like brains.
He was one of several patients who attended a conference in Tucson last month regarding the use of marijuana in medicine.
Rodgers was fishing in Canada when the first seizure struck. He was rushed from the backcountry to a hospital, but doctors didn't find the cause until three months later, after another seizure. The diagnosis is seared in his memory.
"Your tumor is here," his doctor told him while pointing at an x-ray of his head. "You're going to die."

Rodgers was given 18 months to live. Surgeons were able to remove about 80 percent of the tumor in 2007 and told him it probably would come back. They also put him on a chemotherapy regimen, which was when he "got involved in cannabis." He'd tried it a few times in his late teens and early 20s, but this experience was different.

"I took two puffs, and it was incredible," he says. "It made me feel well."
Every day, he smokes a little and eats more. Pot eases his stress and helps him sleep. It helped with the nausea that comes from the chemo drugs he's taking: "I even gained a couple [of] pounds." It helps with the "mild" pain he feels in his head. And, he says, it keeps him from having seizures.

Even more than that, Rodgers believes strongly that the pot has extended his life by slowing growth of the cancer.
The proof, he says, is that he's still alive, five years after his surgery. Still, the cancer did return and Rodgers had another surgery in December. This time, he was told there could be no more operations and that he had three years to live.
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#4 Feb 21, 2013
THC and CBD have been found in scientific studies to shrink tumors and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
THC and other cannabinoids, including CBD, "can act as direct anti-cancer agents in multiple types of cancer" both in laboratory cultures and in the human body, according to a 2010 article in the medical journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. The article goes on to relate that a study showed THC and CBD were successful in treating glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that Rodgers has.
That study, conducted by researchers at California Pacific Medical Center Research and the University of California-San Francisco, was conducted in a lab and not on humans. It revealed that the combination of THC and CBD is more effective at fighting cancer than either compound alone, a finding that suggests the marijuana plant's ingredients and oils may work together to produce beneficial medical results.
"With the growing evidence showing cannabinoids are effective inhibitors of multiple types of cancer, it is likely that additional clinical trials will be carried out," wrote the authors of the California study. "Combination treatments with cannabinoids" may improve the results of such future trials.
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#7 Feb 27, 2013
For millions of patients with cancer, chronic pain, and other maladies, the potential benefits of marijuana can't be discounted.
Many consider marijuana a wonder drug, and the list of ailments that scientists say it benefits is long.
Pot helps more with some things, like nerve pain, appetite stimulation, and nausea, and less with others, such as glaucoma. It's shown at least the potential to help with a wide range of maladies, from Parkinson's disease to arthritis.
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#9 Mar 6, 2013
More people use the drug these days. One survey based on self-reported information shows that 17.4 million Americans admitted using weed in 2010, up from 14.4 million in 2007. The modern medical-marijuana movement apparently is responsible for the increase.
Sixteen states and Washington, D.C., now have medical-pot laws on the books.
Because of this, people who wanted to try pot previously but were deterred because of the law can now possess it legally. In addition, older generations, who were lied to about the dangers of marijuana, are fading away, replaced by people who are more knowledgeable about the relative safety and therapeutic potential of the drug.
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#10 Mar 6, 2013
youtube.com/watch... …… Whats the Beef
just legalize it like Colorado has done

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#11 Mar 6, 2013
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2012-05-24/new...

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#12 Mar 9, 2013
You ignored my insurance advice and the better choices, so now you're stuck with ObamaCare.

You ignored my information about the importance of protesting to save the country, so the USA will become a police state and democracy will disappear.

The American people have to either wise up and fight for their own survival, or suffer their children' hatred.

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#13 Apr 3, 2013
gihhid wrote:
youtube.com/watch?v=qfuAprYAPM c …… Whats the Beef
just legalize it like Colorado has done
Just that simple? Has it stopped the feds from raiding what states have legalized, whenever they want to? Has it changed federal law? No.
We're dealing with a corrupt federal government that is owned by the wealthy, and they don't want money, as evidenced by the fact that THEY keep plunging us deeper into debt, and instead of cutting the waste, they use it as an excuse to cut programs that give money back to the people who need it.
So, they have to be threatened with exposure: If they refuse this plan, they're refusing a huge income that would go toward the debt, proving that they're committing treason by trying to destroy our economy.
I don't want the federal government to get the tax money or profit either, but nothing else will work.
I'm sure this won't work either because the idiot masses are determined to give up and die.

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#14 May 16, 2013
Hemp Could Free Us From Oil, Prevent Deforestation, Cure Cancer and It’s Environmentally Friendly – So Why Is It Illegal?
About the Author
Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

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The history of mankind’s use of hemp can be traced way back in time to between about 5000 – 7000 BC
…less than a century ago hemp cultivation was not just encouraged, but mandatory, with hefty fines being levied against farmers who refused.‘Hemp for Victory’ was the government coined slogan that fuelled the last big bout of legal hemp cultivation during WWII, promoting hemp cultivation as a patriotic cause.
Deliberate Misinformation About THC
Hemp is a variety of cannabis sativa that has a long history of use in the United States. However, since the 1950s it has been lumped into the same category of marijuana, and thus the extremely versatile crop was doomed in the United States.
…it is nearly impossible to “get high” on hemp.
Generally, industrial hemp grows best on fields that provide high yields for corn crops, which includes most of the Southwest, Southeast, and Northeast United States. Furthermore, since industrial hemp can use male plants as well as female plants (since the object is not THC production), higher crop yields can result.
While there is virtually no THC in the varieties grown for industrial uses such as oil and fibre, governments have cooperated with powerful corporate lobbyists the ensure that hemp is lumped into the same category as marijuana. The primary reason is that hemp has too many abundant resources for fuel, housing, food, medicine that corporations cannot exploit. Think about how many polluting conglomerates would go down if hemp was permitted as a resource. The oil, pharmaceutical, supplement and constructions industry would need to radically shift their business model to survive.
Abundant Resources
Hemp provides the fibre to make a durable paper…
Hemp has the strongest natural fibres…
Some Facts on Hemp
Farming 6% of the continental U.S. acreage with biomass crops would provide all of America’s energy needs.
Hemp is Earth’s number-one biomass resource; it is capable of producing 10 tons per acre in four months.
Biomass can be converted to methane, methanol, or gasoline at a cost comparable to petroleum, and hemp is much better for the environment. Pyrolysis (charcoalizing), or biochemical composting are two methods of turning hemp into fuel.
Hemp can produce 10 times more methanol than corn.
Hemp fuel burns clean. Petroleum causes acid rain due to sulfur pollution.
The use of hemp fuel does not contribute to global warming.
Hemp oil is of a very high quality and industry is using it…
Studies have been released that show people suffering from cancer have low levels of…
…one of the most power-packed protein sources available…
Hemp Oil Uses
So why is non-psychoactive Hemp illegal?
There is an old saying: if you want to get to the root of a problem, follow the money. This holds true for hemp. In this case we have to ask the question ‘who benefits from hemp being illegal?’ The logical answer is: the oil companies
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#16 Jun 3, 2013
Is Hemp a Miracle Plant That Can Save the World?
April 6, 2013

Hemp is perhaps the answer to most problems in the world. Ambitious, yes. An exaggeration, no.
If grown extensively, its diverse uses can be of significant value to the environment, the economy, world hunger, personal health, and so much more.
For the environment, hemp can reduce deforestation, pesticide use, provide a sustainable biofuel, and replace GMO cotton among other benefits. It grows like a weed without the need for pesticides or heavy fertilizers.

Hemp does just about anything wood can do and it only takes 6 months to renew, not 20 years. It can be used to make paper, to build homes with, and as fuel for fire.

Hemp clothing is far more durable than cotton, which is an industry still operating a form of slavery from cultivation to production. GMO cotton has led to indentured servitude for Indian farmers where failed crops and debt result in shockingly high suicide rates. Hemp is simply a better material for clothing.

The oil in the hemp seed can be made into biodiesel just like any vegetable oil. Most arguments against biofuels are that their crops take up too much valuable farm land that should be used for food, and it takes more energy than it gives back when all things are considered (fertilizer, pesticides, planting and harvesting machinery, refining).

With hemp, biofuel is merely a bi-product of this crop, not it’s main use. The fiber of the plant is still an extremely valuable commodity. Whereas corn ethanol needs a lot of land with tons of intensive chemicals, and the process of turning corn into ethanol is then a net energy loss.
As today’s economy falters due to a variety of systematic problems, the world is in desperate need of a new industry. Worldwide hemp legalization and promotion would lead to a revolution in nearly all major industries. Entrepreneurs would have a field day with textiles, plastics, body care, construction, etc.
Industrial hemp’s female counterpart, marijuana, provides effective natural medicine for a number of ailments. Cannabis is one of mankind’s oldest recorded healing plants. As its prohibition lessens, modern man is only just beginning to discover the exciting medical uses of marijuana, which are provably vast already.

Cannabis can ease pain, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, PTSD, arthritis, and has even been proven to have anti-cancerous properties. When eaten or vaporized, cannabis is entirely beneficial as a natural alternative because any unwanted tars are not inhaled. Furthermore, juicing raw cannabis has many benefits and zero psychoactive effects.

Hemp alone is powerful enough to be a game changer for the environment and for human society as a whole. It’s time to unleash the hemp seed.
Please watch the very entertaining video about how hemp can save the world and share this information with everyone you know.

About the Author
Jeffrey Green is a self-sufficiency practitioner and hemp legalization activist. He writes forNaturalBlaze.com . Follow at Facebook. This article originally appeared at Activist Post.
This article is offered under Creative Commons license. It’s okay to republish it anywhere as long as attribution bio is included and all links remain intact.
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#19 Jun 6, 2013
Removal of cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_canna...

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#20 Jun 23, 2013
Marijuana's Classification as a "Schedule 1" Drug has No Basis in Fact
Marijuana is classified under federal law as a Schedule I controlled substance, defined as a drug with a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use in the U.S., and unsafe for use even under medical supervision. Other Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD and PCP.
Schedule II drugs -- still considered to have high abuse potential but with accepted medical uses and considered safe for use under medical supervision -- include cocaine, morphine and methamphetamine. That's right, federal law currently classifies marijuana as more dangerous than methamphetamine .
It gets stranger still. THC, the component responsible for marijuana's "high" (but not all of its therapeutic benefits) is available as a prescription pill called Marinol. Marinol is classed in Schedule III -- rated as having lower abuse or dependence potential than Schedule I or II drugs. Indeed, the abuse risks of Schedule III drugs are considered so modest that your doctor can phone in a prescription! This is the case even though the American College of Physicians has noted that Marinol's psychoactive effects are "more severe" than marijuana's.
This federal classification -- enacted by Congress in 1970 and not based on any scientific or medical assessment -- stands reality on its head. It ignores the massive evidence of marijuana's medical value, and treats marijuana as more dangerous than pure THC, heroin, and meth. This is simply ludicrous, which is why in February 2008 the American College of Physicians stated, " ACP urges review of marijuana’s status as a Schedule I controlled substance and its reclassification into a more appropriate schedule, given the scientific evidence regarding marijuana’s safety and efficacy in some clinical conditions."
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#22 Jun 23, 2013
Why is Marijuana Illegal?

Top 7 Reasons
From a prohibition-based perspective, marijuana is illegal in the United States primarily for these seven reasons.
1. It is perceived as addictive.
Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug on the basis that is has "a high potential for abuse." What does this mean?
It means that the perception is that people get on marijuana, they get hooked and become "potheads," and it begins to dominate their lives. This unquestionably happens in some cases. But it also happens in the case of alcohol--and alcohol is perfectly legal.
In order to fight this argument for prohibition, legalization advocates need to make the argument that marijuana is not as addictive as government sources claim.
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Doctor REALITY

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#23 Jun 24, 2013
I'm not sure WHY God made the cannabis plant, but just like tobacco leaves, He didn't make it for people to consume into their lungs, or to make money off of it.

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#24 Jun 24, 2013
Doctor REALITY wrote:
I'm not sure WHY God made the cannabis plant, but just like tobacco leaves, He didn't make it for people to consume into their lungs, or to make money off of it.
1. That’s an opinion I’d expect from AR.
2. Idiot: Since marijuana is BENEFICIAL, your comparison between two different things is as stupid as comparing hard liquor to been, and as dumb, so you‘re obviously not even close to being intelligent enough to be a doctor, or in touch with reality.

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#25 Jun 24, 2013
Why is Marijuana Illegal?(cont.)

2. It has "no accepted medical use."
Marijuana seems to yield considerable medical benefits for many Americans with ailments ranging from glaucoma to cancer, but these benefits have not been accepted well enough, on a national level. Medical use of marijuana remains a serious national controversy.
In order to fight the argument that marijuana has no medical use, legalization advocates need to highlight the effects it has had on the lives of people who have used the drug for medical reasons.

3. It has been historically linked with narcotics, such as heroin.
Early antidrug laws were written to regulate narcotics--opium and its derivatives, such as heroin and morphine. Marijuana, though not a narcotic, was described as such--along with cocaine.
The association stuck, and there is now a vast gulf in the American consciousness between "normal" recreational drugs, such as alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, and "abnormal" recreational drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Marijuana is generally associated with the latter category, which is why it can be convincingly portrayed as a "gateway drug."

4. It is associated with unfashionable lifestyles.
Marijuana is often thought of as a drug for hippies and losers. Since it's hard to feel enthusiastic about the prospects of enabling people to become hippies and losers, imposing criminal sanctions for marijuana possession functions as a form of communal "tough love."
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