Event Launches Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

  Event Launches Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

Posted by CN Staff on February 04, 2006 at 20:12:08 PT
Source: Maui News 

Wailuku, Hawaii -- Two voter-driven ballot initiatives relating to marijuana use in Maui County will be launched at a kickoff celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. today at 71 Baldwin Ave. in Paia.Brian Murphy, director of Maui County Citizens for Democracy in Action, said that of 688 patients on Maui with licenses to use medical marijuana, only eight have been able to get enough marijuana to meet their needs.
Those who attempt to grow it themselves often have their crops stolen by thieves, he said.One ballot initiative would address that problem by proposing to create a system under which local farmers could lease a “garden plot” and provide assistance for medical marijuana patients to grow their own plants. “By doing it this way, we don’t ever sell marijuana, and the farmers would never sell marijuana, but we’d have a secure way for the patients to get the product they need,” he said.Murphy runs Patients Without Time, which helps patients who use medical marijuana for pain and appetite problems.“I have 680 patients who need help,” he said.A second ballot initiative proposes that Maui police not enforce drug laws for people caught with less than an ounce of marijuana. Murphy said the goal was to have marijuana use treated equally with alcohol use. “This is for the person in the privacy of their home. If they want to be a cannabis smoker rather than an alcohol drinker, they should have that right,” he said.To get on the 2006 ballot, Murphy’s group needs to collect for each initiative 8,301 signatures of registered Maui County voters who voted in the last mayoral election, within 90 days of filing papers. Murphy said his goal is to actually collect 10,000 signatures, to cover for mistakes or unusable signatures on the petitions.An easier way to get the proposals on the ballot would have been to have it sponsored by a Maui County Council member and voted on by the full council. But Murphy said he was turned down when he transmitted the initiatives to all nine council members last year.“They didn’t even want to talk about it,” he said.He was confident his group would get the signatures it needed to put the two marijuana proposals in front of voters this fall.“The response has been overwhelming,” he said.Today’s event will include speakers, pupu and music, and will be broadcast live online at: http://www.mccfdia.comFor more information, call 579-8315 or e-mail: info Source: Maui News, The (HI)Published: Saturday, February 04, 2006Copyright: 2006 The Maui NewsContact: letters mauinews.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #16 posted by Toker00 on February 06, 2006 at 04:00:22 PT
I've never had the money to buy enough cannabis to experiment with in cooking and things. Are tinctures made with the oil from the flower tops, or the seeds? It would be a wonderful thing if we could get together and have a cooking class!It sounds like a complete degree could be awarded for all the amazing things cannabis can be. "I have a degree in Cannabology. My minor was in Medical Cannabinoids and my major was in Cellulose Energy Production. Working on my second Major in Cannabis Nutrition." Out of five million species of plants on the earth, only our Sweet Leaf can provide it all. Yeah. The Tree of Life.Can someone tell me what the twelve fruits of life are, and why only Cannabis can provide them and why this is not recognized by the Religions that claim The Bible as their foundation?Runfuff. Two O'clock Today. Will America feel SAFER? : (Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW!
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Comment #15 posted by whig on February 05, 2006 at 23:29:31 PT
Tincture is very useful if you want to turn water into wine, like at Cana, too.
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Comment #14 posted by museman on February 05, 2006 at 23:01:25 PT
Nice word dude.You know I could have medical if I wanted it. For the past 3 or four years. However I've watched the scene through those who got their cards. The kind of exposure of privacy one has to go through in Oregon anyway, is too much for my liking. The idea of cops having the right to come and inspect ANYTHING of mine is just not in my old dogs bag of tricks. To me having medical marijuanna is like being on probation for being a marijuanna smoker, without the jury trial. The advantage would be a quasi-legality of possession, but in the decriminalized state, a small amount in posession actually keeps my private concerns from that inspection.For years I didn't even support the idea of 'medical marijuana'I thought we just needed to legalize it. After being busted a few times, I realized that they had it set up so there actually was no legal defence for the 'crime' because of it's classification;
"No known medicinal properties."At least now it has been pretty much proven that not only does it have 'medicinal properties' but it is the best, least harmful, panathea, known to man.It is the Tree of Life "the 'leaves' of which are given for the healing of the nations."The physical body is not the only aspect of a human that can need healing energies. Their mind and spirit often need respite from the adverse conditions we must face each day. Alcohol is a depressant which provides temporary escape, but the herb expands the now, allows one to assimilate those things that other minds run away from, therefore providing a more wholistic healing, rather than the scar tissue of alcohol burnt recollections.Not all people like to smoke it. My wife like to make tinctures. Some use vaporizers. Of course one can always cook with ghi butter. I have a 10 year old daughter that is hypertensive, I would love to be able to feel comfortable giving her a drop or two of tincture in some tea at night, I know it would work, but I dare not. Instead we have to find other more complicated herbal combinations to accomplissh the same thing with less benefit I believe.No one has the right to get inside our lives the way they have with the WOD, they have been playing god long enough. The fall of the mighty is imminent.
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Comment #13 posted by whig on February 05, 2006 at 21:16:34 PT
I've never been approved to use cannabis medicinally, nor to my knowledge has anyone with my condition, but it's very rare and not everyone has the same symptoms. I think a caring doctor in a state where medical marijuana was permitted should be willing to recommend it, but I'd be nervous to ask because I'd hate to be turned down and then feel like my doctor wouldn't be willing to help me, when I really do need to have a doctor that can go to bat for me when I need enzyme, and I'm going to need to find a new doctor when I move anyhow.It would be easier to get a recommendation for my wife, but she hates doctors and never wants to talk to them. She's had bad experiences because multiple sclerosis is one of those things that is hard to diagnose, they did a spinal tap, and then they gave her drugs that made her really really sick and don't help her at all.So I feel like I'm not more deserving than you or anyone else who needs it, I would have a harder case than many to make, my condition is not terminal and maybe I'll even stop hurting some day if I keep taking enzymes long enough. I don't really know. It's like a non-cancer leukemia basically, the blood and bone marrow are similarly affected but there's no metastasis, the mutation is part of my own genes and not something that they can remove. But the enzyme is supposed to reverse it, because it's just something my body doesn't make. So a doctor could say, I should just take my enzyme and shut up, but then they prescribe me benzos so I will sleep at night, when I'd rather have pot and benzos are horribly addictive and cause birth defects which my doctor didn't even believe me when I told her. If I tried to get her to prescribe Marinol she'd probably tell me to talk to a psychiatrist.Pain does bad things, but it won't kill me. Steve Kubby will die without THC. I can't compare my situation to that. Runruff is going to prison. I can't compare my situation to that. I have it pretty good. I feel greedy for wanting things to be better for myself when I think of all the people who are suffering way more. I want things to be better for everyone. Myself included, yes, but not at the expense of others having to suffer. None of us should have to be martyrs anymore.
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Comment #12 posted by ekim on February 05, 2006 at 13:41:41 PT
good one TokerOO-- a little reminder of the past
Posted by FoM on December 13, 1999 at 09:37:59 PT
First Time in U.S. History Since WWII 
Source: Business Wire
 Hawaii makes American history as the first industrial hemp seeds are planted in U.S. soil since the crop was banned after WWII. Hawaiian Governor Benjamin J. Cayetano will host the historical hemp seed planting ceremony at the Alterna Hemp Research Project agricultural plot in Whitmore Village on Oahu on Dec. 14, 1999, at 10 a.m. Hawaiian time.  Hawaii Begins Hemp Experiment 
Posted by FoM on December 15, 1999 at 07:06:28 PT
By Bruce Dunford, Associated Press Writer 
Source: Associated Press
 Surrounded by a 12-foot-high fence and infrared surveillance, a university scientist scattered the first seeds in an experiment that will test the viability of industrial hemp as an agricultural resource for the state. "Pineapple and sugar, the double roof of our economy for generations, have now grown old," House Speaker Calvin Say, an Oahu Democrat, said at Tuesday's planting on a quarter-acre plot in central Oahu. Ted Williams, Audubon 
Source: Utne Reader
The drug czar and the DEA claim that pot producers will use hemp fields to hide their illicit crops. If they do, their marijuana will be ruined: Cannabis is one of the most prolific pollen producers of all cultivated plants, and if the high-THC variety is planted within seven and a half miles of a hemp field, the hemp pollen will render the next generation of marijuana less potent. "Hemp is nature's own marijuana-eradication system," declares James Woolsey, former director of the CIA and now a lobbyist for the North American Industrial Hemp Council. If the war on drugs were really about reducing supply, drug controllers would be promoting hemp. But the war has taken on a life of its own, become an industry unto itself.For example, DEA reports that it spends $13.5 million a year to eradicate marijuana, and it also ladles out millions more for this purpose to local jurisdictions, including police departments and National Guard units. According to some estimates, the entire effort costs American taxpayers half a billion a year. But the DEA's own figures reveal that 98 percent of the "marijuana" eradicated is hemp-the harmless, feral stuff that escaped during Hemp for Victory days. "Ditchweed," it's called. That's the "marijuana" you see getting burned in all the photos. If you're caught with ditchweed, you're in big trouble, as Vernon McElroy discovered in 1991 when he got convicted for possessing 10.9 pounds that he says a friend picked and gave him as a joke. Now he's doing life without parole at the overcrowded maximum-security penitentiary in Springville, Alabama. In Oklahoma, ditchweed is sprayed with herbicides from helicopters. And in 1998 Congress authorized $23 million for research into a soilborne fungus that attacks and kills marijuana, poppy, and coca plants. U.S. Senator Mike DeWine, an Ohio Republican, calls it a "silver bullet" in the war on drugs, but David Struhs, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, calls it a threat to the natural environment. 
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Comment #11 posted by Toker00 on February 05, 2006 at 12:27:31 PT
This commonality, this spirit, this familiarity we all share, can move mountains. Of the posters that post here, I probably have the least reason to use medicinally. Whig, herbdoc, my God man, you guys with constant pain, I almost feel guilty for enjoying what you guys obviously NEED. I say almost, because I need it as well, for different reasons, but physical pain isn't one of them. Stress, depression, that's MY need. But to be in pain and deprived by law or availability of the one medicine you need, and be prosecuted for having it, if that's not inhumane, I don't know what is. If depriving us of our human rights is not unconstitutional, then, pray tell, what is? Museman, I read your post on another thread about not being able to post here, temporarily. The way you discribed that loss is the spirit that I am talking about. Few of us know each other, but through what we post and the spirit in which we post it, we have come to "see" who we are. We are all different. You guys with the sharp intellect, thank you for not thumping me on the head more often. I admit I spent the most of my young adulthood in a drunken stupor. Looking for "acceptance" in all the wrong places. Education late in life is better than continuing the Ignorance. Thank you, all, for the patchwork of posts that have sincerely made my life better. Let's all concentrate this "conscience" on healing our fallen brothers and sisters and the ones who suffer in silence until this plant is made available again through a "legal" prescription, or by the re-acceptance of God's Gifts, by ALL. Runruff, Godspeed.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHBITION NOW!  
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on February 05, 2006 at 09:39:52 PT

I'll also say thank you and it is just beautiful. I am sad about Runruff and Mrs. Runruff. This is the time I can't think of the words to say. I just get quiet. We will miss Runruff while he is gone. Mrs. Runruff is welcome to come here and we will do our best to help her keep her spirits up. If there is anything good about their situation it is that they know they aren't alone. We all come from different places and times and we stand with them and I hope above all things that they gain strength from us. 
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Comment #9 posted by whig on February 05, 2006 at 09:24:52 PT

So say we all.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on February 05, 2006 at 09:21:19 PT

Your poem is beautiful. Very beautiful.
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Comment #7 posted by potpal on February 05, 2006 at 05:53:17 PT

The pupu platter found at many luaus is basically a platter of hors d'oeuvres, island style. Spent some time on Maui. Stopped in Paia before heading to the beaches. Wailuku was the first place I scored some kind bud.Aloha!
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Comment #6 posted by OverwhelmSam on February 05, 2006 at 04:05:44 PT

My New Mantra = The Trojan Horse Is At the Gate
The government wants to fight, harass and jail medical users of marijuana, ask the citizens and legislators to legalize recreational use. Medical marijuana users won't have to worry about complying with the ridiculously complex medical marijuana rules, because if marijuana is legal for adult use, medical marijuana becomes a moot issue. All of these counties and district attorneys in California won't have to worry about zoning laws and how many plants are growing anymore.
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Comment #5 posted by Toker00 on February 05, 2006 at 03:55:56 PT

A Poem, a Prayer, and a Promise.
Cannabist Jerry leaves today,To pay a price for living.A man whose shown his love for GodBy Caring, sharing, giving.He's done no wrong in our God's eyes,By growing, rolling, toking.He sings his songs, he shares his wit,He keeps us laughing, joking.His wife can stand and vouch for him,She shares his waking hours.She can't believe they'll take her manAway for growing flowers.We'll stand beside her till he's back,And share the news she sends us.We'll hug her, thank her, watch her backAnd give her hope tremendous.She'll take a poem, a promise too,A prayer from all of us,So Jerry knows he's not aloneWith Friends of Cannabis.Dear God, take care of Jerry.I promise to fight the good fight.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #4 posted by CorvallisEric on February 05, 2006 at 01:01:40 PT

pupu? was no help but this page gives you the idea:
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on February 05, 2006 at 00:25:08 PT

What's pupu? Some sort of food or dish?
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Comment #2 posted by Storm Crow on February 05, 2006 at 00:17:57 PT

A happy thought
With Dole pulling out of Hawaii, maybe they could replace a couple of those pineapple fields with cannabis fields?
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 04, 2006 at 21:17:45 PT

I like
I like Paia.
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