New Jersey Considers Legalizing Medical Marijuana

New Jersey Considers Legalizing Medical Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on May 09, 2006 at 10:36:56 PT
By Tom Hester Jr., Associated Press Writer
Source: Associated Press
Trenton, N.J. -- New Jersey would become the 12th state to legalize marijuana for people with debilitating medical conditions under a bill slated to be discussed next month by state lawmakers. Sen. Joseph Vitale, chairman of a Senate health panel, said he's scheduled a June 8 discussion to hear from experts on the bill proposed by Sen. Nicholas Scutari. Vitale said he supports the concept, but has questions.
"It's really an effort to provide some sort of relief for people and some compassion," said Vitale, D-Middlesex. The legislation has long been proposed by Scutari, D-Union, but has never received a legislative hearing. Though 11 states allow medical marijuana, in June 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government can prosecute people who use marijuana no matter what a state law says. Terrence P. Farley, an Ocean County assistant prosecutor and spokesman for two state anti-drug law enforcement groups, said the bill is a veiled attempt to legalize drugs. "This is how they're trying to get marijuana legalized," said Farley, who also is director of the county anti-narcotics force. The Assembly hasn't scheduled any hearings on the bill, but Gov. Jon S. Corzine said last year that he would sign a medical marijuana bill into law. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently reiterated its opposition to medical marijuana. The American Medical Association, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and National Multiple Sclerosis Society reject its use. An April report by federal Department of Human Services agencies found no data supported marijuana for general medical use. The National Academy of Sciences has found marijuana can help patients with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and AIDS wasting. Scutari's bill lists cancer, glaucoma, HIV and AIDS, wasting syndrome, chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures and persistent muscle spasms as among the conditions eligible for medical marijuana usage. Complete Title: New Jersey To Consider Legalizing Medical MarijuanaSource: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Tom Hester Jr., Associated Press WriterPublished: May 9, 2006Copyright: 2006 Associated Press CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #38 posted by paulpeterson on May 23, 2006 at 09:36:24 PT
Thanks for the post. I am really busy right now, filing constitutional motions like mad (like they think I am mad, I guess). I did hear back from a legislative aid to Illinois Senator John Cullerton, the guy that is pushing for a substantial revamp of the Illinois MM bill (lost in time, recall). They plan to bring the bill up for discussion in the "November Veto Session" if they can get enough votes together by then. In other words, although 3/2/06 the web site indicates it is set for a "3rd reading" in the Senate, nothing will be read into the record until some 8 months later, in case anyone was wondering how Illinois is faring on this battle.Also, in regards to my own local legislative battle to decriminalize in BV County, in Northwest Iowa, the Chair came out to our farm to discuss my next agenda: which is to force them to hire a "special, independent prosecutor" to investigate the county prosecutor for ethics and law violations in his politically motivated malicious prosecution against me for my political speech.When the clerk advised him I was requesting to be placed on the agenda at the 5/30/06 meeting, he said to her that he had asked me to never come back to talk about marijuana, since there is NO SUPPORT for that (which I have agreed to withdraw from discussion, since I was asked nicely to do that).Then they started to look at the "book" of procedures and regulations for their actions. Then they realized that it is not very clear just what they can or must do. For instance, they don't know if they can do an "open hearing" since this guy is running for reelection, or if the can do a "closed hearing" due to the sensitive nature of my anticipated allegations, or if they must or must not do either type of hearing.In other words, now they must hire an independent attorney to advise them what they should do with my request that they hire an independent attorney to prosecute the guy that is prosecuting me!He was sort of laughing about the issue, since this elected official has pissed off more than a few supervisors already.When I told him that I knew I had already done all that I could on the marijuana issue locally, and that I needed mostly to confirm my "political defendant status" in the press because I knew that I would face political prosecution, he got stunned.That means he has already realized that I probably am getting ready to sue the county for their implication in this malicious prosecution, since they will be the ones to pay the piper for this prosecutor's "largess" in spending so much time and effort merely to hide the lies of the local police goons.Meanwhile, back at the ranch, it looks like my cases will be reassigned to an out of town judge or two, which means these guys have lost their "home court" advantage.The more I look at the facts that have presented themselves, the more constitutional violations and issues I have found. In other words, now, they must try to argue that they have the right to "dampen" my brain speed specifically so they can "chill" my first amendment claims, etc. But since I have no funds to hire a lawyer and they won't give me an attorney to represent me, how can they try to deaden the brain of the only lawyer I have (me)?I call this a "triple chill" to try to discredit me for claiming constitutional violations, for which they wish the right to control my thoughts, so that I can't catch them making unconstitutional arguments about their unconstitutional procedure, etc.It makes my own head swim to think these guys are so obtuse to think a judge will disregard all of my arguments.And the local city attorney (the brother of the county attorney, in the same office, which itself is an ethical infraction, no checks and balances, lack of independence, etc.) even had the audacity to state that he thinks I never contacted the FBI. He is baiting the FBI now by claiming they don't even exist!I just hope that pisses off my federal friends so they finally ride into town on that white horse mescalito or something (you know the melody).Chow for now from Northwest Iowa, paul peterson
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Comment #37 posted by FoM on May 22, 2006 at 14:01:01 PT
You are in my thoughts and prayers. 
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Comment #36 posted by paulpeterson on May 22, 2006 at 13:55:22 PT
Hope & whig
Hey, just checking in. Went to Chicago, spoke with the FBI, met a really nice agent there, also got a friend in the Sioux City office. Got the chief judge involved in my cases (the guy that runs about 6 counties of judges). The clerk checked with the judge, who lied about a certain motion I had pending for two months without any action.I found the motion in the court file, right where it should have been all around. Now I have been getting about one order a day from these people. The Chicago FBI agent told me to do an FOIA request. Just heard from the city attorney who basically called my "bluff" since he obviously didn't think any FBI guy would talk with me. Now I have a letter going out to Chicago which should get them mad-about the idea that the locals don't believe they are really realo people! Now my cases will probably be heard by an out of town judge or two. Maybe this can work out after all.I will ask for an injunction against these guys using the "commitment" statute until we resolve the issue of whether it is constitutional in the first place, with its bad presumptions and bad procedures, etc. Thanks for your posts last week. Bye PAUL PETERSON
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Comment #35 posted by afterburner on May 12, 2006 at 21:17:19 PT
"The American Medical Association rejects its [cannabis'] use"What turned them around? Could it be Big Pharm? I think so!"Dr. William C. Woodward, Legislative Council of the American Medical Association."Woodward started by slamming Harry Anslinger and the Bureau of Narcotics for distorting earlier AMA statements that had nothing to do with marijuana and making them appear to be AMA endorsement for Anslinger's view."He also reproached the legislature and the Bureau for using the term marijuana in the legislation and not publicizing it as a bill about cannabis or hemp. At this point, marijuana (or marihuana) was a sensationalist word used to refer to Mexicans smoking a drug and had not been connected in most people's minds to the existing cannabis/hemp plant. Thus, many who had legitimate reasons to oppose the bill weren't even aware of it."Woodward went on to state that the AMA was opposed to the legislation 
[The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937]"
--Why is Marijuana Illegal? much for "It's illegal because it's bad. It should not be legalized because it's illegal." 
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Comment #34 posted by Hope on May 12, 2006 at 18:12:20 PT
That sounds like hell.I hope you will be ok. Please be. 
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on May 12, 2006 at 17:17:59 PT
New Jersey: Pot as Medicine
May 12, 2006State should allow its use for very sick peopleEleven states allow marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes. New Jersey should become the 12th. There will be a Senate committee hearing in June on legislation to legalize marijuana for those with debilitating medical conditions.The idea is a good one.There is admittedly debate about how effective marijuana is as a medicine. The American Medical Association rejects its use, but the National Academy of Sciences has found that marijuana can help patients deal with chemotherapy and AIDS. Those afflicted with cancer and AIDS deserve as much sympathy and understanding as possible. If marijuana is able to help people cope with deadly diseases, it should definitely be tried. Morphine and opium already are used to control pain.Snipped: Complete Article:
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Comment #32 posted by runderwo on May 12, 2006 at 01:16:08 PT
** "The American Medical Association, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and National Multiple Sclerosis Society reject its use."What he left out is that most if not all of those organizations support medical marijuana research. That is a far cry from roundly rejecting something, as if it had been tried and been a failure.
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Comment #31 posted by kaptinemo on May 11, 2006 at 17:45:55 PT:
Forgetting my manners; welcome back, Jose!
Yu've been missed greatly.
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Comment #30 posted by kaptinemo on May 11, 2006 at 17:42:41 PT:
Closer and closer and closer
Notice something interesting? First, it was the Western States moving towards medicinal cannabis. Of course, the Federal Gub'mint isn't too popular out there, so it's efforts against local referendums had less impact. But the closer you get to DC, the heart of drug prohibition, the more secure the Feds felt. As the old saying goes, "Whose bread I eat, his song I sing." With so many 'civil servants' eating the Gub'mint's 'bread', they could be counted upon to 'sing' it's 'song' of drug prohibition and vote accordingly. The East Coast was a bastion of prohibition...until Maine went med-cann, Maryland voted for a stripped form of medicinal cannabis protection, and Rhode Island, in defiance of the Supreme Court, decided in favor of medicinal cannabis. Now New Jersey is contemplating the move. The writing's on the wall; the East Coast States are no longer safely behind prohib lines, but have become beachheads. I expect more East Coast States to follow. The march is getting closer and closer to the opponent's command post, and this in spite of the fact that the opposition has almost total control of the means of commnication. They're getting whipped, State by State, as was predicted here long ago. The people have long been ready for the idea; now it remains to be seen if the DrugWar fanatics will do something really stupid as a counter-move to provoke them to giving full support to reformers. Given their propensity for such, it's only a matter of time...
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Comment #29 posted by global_warming on May 11, 2006 at 15:56:32 PT
for the link from comment two five, it seems that nj is not alone in this cultural evolution.Now that our brothers in the south have decided to over-ride -mr foxes brown nosed ass lick, and more and more people are starting to realize the folly of this drug war, I greet each piece of news with more certitude, that the Anshitters, Souters, Farleess and all those rabid prohibitionists, may be numbered and defined in the Salem Hall Of Shame.
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Comment #28 posted by paulpeterson on May 11, 2006 at 10:56:27 PT
Nice post. Yeah, I know this is a classic game of nerves. I do often press the reset button and pray, and calm myself down, like multiple times per day. Sorry that I can't use the most classic chill out modality of them all, since I must be sure to not have tell-tale substances in my body when the time is ordained that they take me in for the needle thingy.In fact, I just emailed a prayer to a friend in Northwest Iowa, ruing in fact the fact that I know, when these goons see that the end is here for them, somebody is not going to be able to calm themselves down, and there will probably be too much alcohol intake and somebody's marriage crumbles, or a body crumbles, or somebody starts to wave a shiny peice of steel around and points it at their mouth and I am not talking about a pipe, if you get my drift.I am, in fact, sorry that I believe someone will not survive this story, because I know, myself, just how depressed I got four years ago when they took my career, my family, my home, my hope of a life away, and when somebody loses all those things for deception and lies, it will be even worse for them to see it go.But don't worry about me and mine. I am worried about them and their's. True, of course, that all of the worst feelings that these other guys should be feeling right now I am sure that they have already imputed all these things at a worst level to me, that is how it always goes.Paul Peterson
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Comment #27 posted by whig on May 11, 2006 at 08:05:39 PT
Slow down, man. Things are going to be fine.The way it works is they're scared of you and you're scared of them and then it becomes a vicious cycle if you don't get yourself calm. The more scared you are the more scared you'll be and then they think you might hurt someone and pretty soon you're running away because you don't want to be tranquilized.You don't want to be afraid, it's no fun. You can calm your own self right down and then you don't have to worry.Peace.
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Comment #26 posted by paulpeterson on May 11, 2006 at 07:43:49 PT
Greetings. Thanks for your concern for my mom. She is having fun with this getaway game. Yesterday I went to the FBI in a major US city and to get them involved in my exposure of bad local police action I frantically told them there may be a major warrant out for my arrest. He told me if there is, they will have to take me into custody.That way I got him to get excited so he would not just blow me off like the other guy did in another state (Iowa). No, there are no warrants out for me at this time. But my mom got some horses placed out at the farm the other day and I spent three days making friends with them really well.That way I can visualize on the horses' eyes and get an impulse as to what is happening. In my mind's eye, yesterday the sheriff came out, with my brother, as my new friends visualized to me (and boy, is that sounding strange to know something like like from a distance?)My brother has met those horses before as well so they could ID him for me. I can just see my brother looking at them in the eye and saying, where is my brother? Not realizing, of course, that that means they transmitted his presence as well as notifying him that mom and me were on the lam. I think he is laughing now because he knows how much mom likes the open road, especially with a little extra excitement.Recall, further, of course, that since I have never, ever done anything wrong, to anyone other than the local goons that I am tearing apart right now for their own deceptions in filing false police reports, etc, we are able to go back home soon. I loved hearing that my mom told her hairdresser we had the nicest chat with the FBI in Sioux City, Iowa yesterday (that was Monday). Now everybody in town knows the FBI is coming (even if they aren't yet).The chairman of the county board of supervisors told me in a letter that "public perception is more important than truth". Specifically he was talking about that 10 times as wicked lie about modern pot strains. However, right now he knows that means it is more important to the local townspeople to believe that the calvary is coming (FBI) in response to vicious local police action, than just how soon they get there.Thanks again for your concern for me and mom. We're OK for now. Love all you guys out there. Who would I have to share these things with if this site wasn't here?Paul Peterson, on the lam.
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on May 11, 2006 at 07:06:11 PT
Related Article from Snipped Source
Morris Lawmaker Supports Medical Marijuana Plan:
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Comment #24 posted by jose melendez on May 11, 2006 at 07:00:38 PT
on terrence
Liar Exposed Long Ago:
Drug war is crime. We have proof.
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Comment #23 posted by global_warming on May 10, 2006 at 15:53:49 PT
on the radio
this evening, I heard "Terrence P. Farley, an Ocean County assistant prosecutor and spokesman for two state anti-drug law enforcement groups,.. Terrence P. Farley said the bill is a veiled attempt to legalize drugs."Imagine that, a veiled attempt to legalize 'drugs, his brief exchange with the host of the talk show, was his to his discredit, while showering his radio audience with extreme situations, the host pointed out, to Terrence, his extreme views, and while Terrence continued to point out his extreme view on this subject, the usual names where aired, good old George Soros and the movement to legalize "drugs".I wonder how many listeners could see Terrence's vested interest in continuing this police state interdictive mentality.I am sure that Terrence has the best intentions, but his veiled attempt to continue this heartless campaign against the sick people of New Jersey, only demonstrates that there are some people who to this day would deny a sick person some puff on a joint that might ease their discomfort.Let us not forget, that this substance, a natural and very benign whole plant, has never ended in death, is less addictive than coffee or alcohol-beer, and as for smoking it, consider the tobacco industry.
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on May 10, 2006 at 12:05:11 PT
I wondering if everyting was ok. It's good to see you.
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Comment #21 posted by BGreen on May 10, 2006 at 12:02:53 PT
We love you too, Jose
Please be safe and check in more often.Peace!The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #20 posted by jose melendez on May 10, 2006 at 11:56:55 PT
am I still registered?
Hey all, Air Jose here checking in. I had a financially straining move, but calls from Steve Kubby and Ken Locke helped keep my spirits up. Kubby laughed when I apologized for my firmly researched and litigiously worded faxes to his jailers and the media, quote, "it worked!" unquote.I had a bunch of unasked questions, all of which he answered in the Free Talk Live mp3 link ( ) Note: Steve Kubby seems very genuine and straightforward. I hope Libertarians get together with Democrats and "real conservatives" in the Republican Party to expose the truth about cannabis. Ken Locke is biking (across the country I think) for mmj and asked for some promotional stickers and stuff, I'm late sending his care package but others can help right now at http://j4j.infoI've negotiated a deal to setup my workstations at an internet service provider, so I'll be back online soon.PaulPeterson please call. If you could come to DeLand, FL we might be able to do a television project with employees and contractors that work with public and local news stations, surely at least we could conference call a podcast or radio show right now with my 888 number, 247-8183  By way of full disclosure there is almost no up front money available, but lots of good weather and low cost of living.I have a kiln with which we can smoke organic meats and start by selling to locally owned convenience stores.It's all I can offer just now, but along with footage I've collected and that file you mentioned plus Kubby's and Jerry Sisson's cases we surely have more than ample data from which to write a book or at least a screenplay, and ultimately fund a flurry of legal and truthful propanda to answer the other side's lies.From the trenches at the front lines in the unlawful war against us all,Air Jose MelendezCEO of International Hydrocarbon Corporation Founder of the Concerned Citizens Coalition to Criminalize ProhibitionStoner, Skydiver, Film Maker and General Peace MongerI love you all . . .
Drug war is crime. We have Proof.
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on May 10, 2006 at 09:58:26 PT
Dear Paul
I think you are a brilliant and powerful person. Our times want to stifle you. I'm so sorry. It might be wiser to get off the lam. It frightens me for you...but I fear that your brother will come up with terrible things to get your mother back to him.Please be careful. I'm afraid they could devise huge trouble for you since your mother is with you.I love you...and your mother. God have Mercy on you both, and all of us, if He will.
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on May 10, 2006 at 08:47:01 PT
Oh Paul
I hope everything works out for you. It seems so bad. Take good care of your Mother. I know you will.
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Comment #17 posted by paulpeterson on May 10, 2006 at 08:33:55 PT
Greetings, citizens. I am checking in from another state, where I await word as to the type of warrant which is outstanding against me, behind enemy lines. I think it is a needle order, since I have caught the local intelligencia in a pattern of deception so deep they must kill my brain and discredit me totally to survive, in my overheated brain's wildest imagination, of course. They need to catch me so they can calm me down to a normal brain processing speed-otherwise I will continue to find their deceptions almost as fast as they think them. But, of course, they are not really thinking, only reactiing with staid, old, response mechanisms that most drones in that state never do catch on to.Of course, the fact that I use such long, run-on sentences proves I am delusional, eh?Gotta go, other people to see, etc. My mom loved meeting the kind, gentle man from the FBI the other day in Sioux City, Iowa. He was so nice, and when I told him I was a medical marijuana advocate, he immediately said "I won't hold it against you that you are an advocate of change". Then he actually listened for another 15 minutes, until his supervisors reminded him through the glass window that they are not supposed to actually listen to citizens.We were shooshed out of the entry room, and then I remembered that I had a copy of my independent witness statement corroborating my version of a false arrest and bad local police action. I went back and he was alone this time, and glad to see me again. I left a copy with him and patted him on the back for actually listening to me.I told him that I know he won't actually open a file-just a "tickle" to the local police department that he wanted to see the secret investigative file would probably be enough to make these people start to realize that somebody better break ranks, like to keep their jobs. Meanwhile, I am on the lam. Anybody in the midwest willing to take me and my 93 year old mom in for awhile until the dust settles in Northwest Iowa?Thanks for listening, at least. PAUL PETERSON
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Comment #16 posted by Richard Zuckerman on May 10, 2006 at 07:25:22 PT:
Joseph Vitale, Chairman, N.J. State Senate Health Committee, refused to put this Bill, S. 88, for a vote, for quite some time! It is only a "discussion"!
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on May 09, 2006 at 20:50:45 PT
John Tyler 
This is why I think that drug use is illegal and dangerous sports aren't. Simply put drug using isn't a spectator sport. No way to make any money on it.
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on May 09, 2006 at 20:30:14 PT
Amen to your comment.
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Comment #13 posted by John Tyler on May 09, 2006 at 20:21:51 PT
other dangers
Have you noticed that there are a lot of activities and sports that cause chronic and serious injuries and even death but they are celebrated and encouraged? These are things like mountain climbing, rock climbing, sky diving, skiing, racing (all types), extreme sports, hockey, football, soccer, cheering, gymnastics, etc. and then there are all of the festivities that encourage excessive drinking, but yet no one raises a voice against them, because people are free to do them, injuries or not. However, if someone should smoke some dried plant material that has had a clean record for over a thousand years, the gov. goes crazy and says this is “dangerous” and cannot be allowed. 
The drug war is not logical. It makes no sense and never has. 
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on May 09, 2006 at 19:39:26 PT
"Cannabis is too expensive."
That is too true. I grieve for those who could benefit from it, yet the simple herb has become too expensive and dangerous for many people, who often need it the most, to obtain. That situation should improve when prohibition ends and a certain amount of sanity is restored to the truly deluded. The "Truly deleded" are those who cannot say, when faced with the fact that they are hiding behind a veil of any sort of "delusion"..."This might be the effect of a drug." They are, instead, truly, and more hopelessly and completely, deluded than the substance user they so despise. Their drug is fear and hatred, and it doesn't always "wear off". Everybody...substance consumer or not...needs to have occasional "reality checks" in their lives.
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Comment #11 posted by ekim on May 09, 2006 at 19:00:02 PT
response to Mark Souder letter to WSJ
Wall Street Journal Letters. 
For a much better letter than Mark's, read David Bergland's on the same page, which includes this list of the "unintended and undesirable consequences of criminalizing drugs": 
The price of the illegal commodity is higher than it would be in a legal, competitive, market. High black-market prices encourage low-level crime. Unlike alcohol and tobacco users, illegal drug users commit crimes to raise the funds to buy their high-price drugs.Peaceful drug users, by definition, become criminals, ruining the lives of those prosecuted and thus stigmatized.High black-market drug profits attract the most ruthless and violent criminals to the business. Alcohol prohibition created organized crime. Today's drug prohibition keeps it going.The illegal drug market corrupts the criminal justice system as cops, courts and prison guards find it hard to resist getting in on the high returns.Law enforcement becomes more expensive for the taxpayer and is misdirected away from violent crime.The products in illegal markets are of lower quality and more likely to contain impurities than they would be if legal, thus endangering consumers. No "truth in labeling" here.
Unnecessary illness and death result. Users spending money on high-priced drugs ignore their health. They share needles, spreading AIDS and other diseases. Cancer and MS sufferers are deprived of pain-relieving marijuana.Competition in the illegal drug market is based on violence, not peaceful competition under the rule of law. Thousands of murders every year occur as a result.The War on Drugs is a war on civil liberties. Your property may be seized without trial on a mere allegation that it was used in a drug deal. The Drug War is racist. Although minorities use drugs at about the same rate as whites, they make up a greatly disproportionate percentage of those prosecuted and convicted.
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Comment #10 posted by mayan on May 09, 2006 at 17:43:11 PT
You're Outnumbered, Terrence!
Terrence P. Farley, an Ocean County assistant prosecutor and spokesman for two state anti-drug law enforcement groups, said the bill is a veiled attempt to legalize drugs.Then 75%-80% of Americans support this "veiled attempt to legalize drugs." You had better listen to them as they have already made up their mind and they won't take no for an answer! Get a real job that doesn't enable you to prosper from our lost liberty, Terrence!Go, New Jersey!THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Morgan Reynolds Speaks at UW: Starting Point for the Controlled Demolition of the Bush Administration: Madsen Discusses Iran President's Recent Comments on 9/11: presents Tom DeLonge of Blink 182 Interviews James Fetzer: 9/11 Education & Strategy Conference - June 2nd-4th - Chicago: WAS AN INSIDE JOB - OUR NATION IS IN PERIL:
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Comment #9 posted by goneposthole on May 09, 2006 at 17:18:02 PT
conditions eligible for medical marijuana usage
'Scutari's bill lists cancer, glaucoma, HIV and AIDS, wasting syndrome, chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures and persistent muscle spasms'The efficacy of cannabis will help relieve the symptoms of those conditions.The price of cannabis will contribute to the causes of all of those conditions.Cannabis is too expensive. Greedy growers should be ashamed of themselves, but they're not. They're just clueless nitwits like the neocons and the Bush Cabal. They're in it for the money, not the good of what cannabis is capable of doing.Cannabis suffers because of them. End the greed, end prohibition.
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Comment #8 posted by afterburner on May 09, 2006 at 16:10:42 PT
Breaking News
Canada warned against US-style drug crackdown
Globe and Mail, Canada - 5 hours ago
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Comment #7 posted by charmed quark on May 09, 2006 at 16:01:25 PT
It's amazing, no.
As you said, they always follow the same formula.Wish us luck here in NJ. It's been slooooowww going.Meanwhile, Sativex is moving down the approval line. I can easily see states like mine ending up with legal medical cannabis at the same time as Sativex gets approved. The Feds will then argue that Sativex addresses all our cannabis needs, so get rid of the cannabis laws.Maybe I'll be in the situation where I can legally use Sativex, at the cost of many thousands of dollars a year, or I can use, illegally at the Fed level but legally at the state level, vaporized cannabis at the cost, for me, of maybe $100 a year. Same drug, same essential delivery system, different laws.
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Comment #6 posted by kaptinemo on May 09, 2006 at 15:33:15 PT:
This is getting downright formulaic
Step 1: Calmly announce legislative consideration of medicinal cannabis.Step 2: Activation of robotic response from those locals most threatened by legal cannabis. (various Dalek voices from Doctor Who) "Il-le-gal! Il-le-gal! Save-thuh-chil-dren! Save-thuh-chil-dren! Cru-well hoax! Cru-well hoax! Mor-al-it-ty! Mor-al-it-ty! Ee-vull! Ee-vull! Des-troy! Des-troy!" Step 3: More biological Daleks arrive from Washington to dissuade and threaten legislators for being so progressive. "You-must-not-le-gah-lize-can-nah-bis-be-cause-it-makes-men-grow-boo-bies-and-cause-White-wim-min to-seek-sex-with-nee-groes (oops, old program, gotta switch to latest lies, ah, there) Makes-can-cer! Makes can-cer! Ster-ile! Ster-ile! Skit-zo-phre-nee-ah! Skit-zo-phree-nee-ah! To-le-gah-lize-is-to-be-come-en-em-mees-of-the-Dal, uh, er, The-Drug-Wah-ree-ers! All-en-em-mees-of-the-Drug-Wah-ree-ers-must-be-destroyed! EX-TER-MEE-NATE THEM!"Yeah, I know, it's silly, but the DrugWarriors are as monomaniacal - and vicious - as their fictional counterparts. Especially when their meal ticket/power base is threatened...
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Comment #5 posted by dongenero on May 09, 2006 at 13:18:00 PT
Millions of pounds quantity, millions of pounds currency, you name it, what's the difference. Millions and millions and millions, whig.Big, big, big, biiiiiiiiggggggggg, WIN!Stop worrying about the facts and start thinking about the 'childrun'.
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Comment #4 posted by global_warming on May 09, 2006 at 12:24:40 PT
so nice
so nice, peace and understanding,to 'all of good mind,
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 09, 2006 at 10:56:24 PT
AP: Pawlenty Opposes Medical Marijuana
May 9, 2006ST. PAUL - Gov. Pawlenty says he doesn't approve of a bill to legalize marijuana for limited medical use.The Republican governor says it's not medically necessary. He calls it "an unneeded and unwise proposal."Pawlenty's comments came about an hour after medical marijuana backers held a news conference urging Republican lawmakers to support the bill.It awaits a vote on the Senate floor but hasn't made it out of committee in the G-O-P-led House.The legislation would allow registered patients to buy and use small quantities of marijuana as part of their treatment.Several people suffering from cancer and other conditions spoke at the news conference, saying the drug helped them overcome nausea and withstand harsh regimens such as chemotherapy.Copyright: 2006 Associated Press
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Comment #2 posted by Dankhank on May 09, 2006 at 10:55:23 PT
excerpt of MSsociety UK sativex pdf ...
available at: November 2005
Information about Sativex
The MS Society has produced the following information in response to queries from people affected by MS about Sativex.1. What is Sativex?
Sativex is an oral spray containing a cannabis extract produced by GW Pharmaceuticals. You take it by spraying it under your tongue or to the inside of your cheeks. You can control the dose of Sativex you take by varying the
number of sprays.2. What symptoms will Sativex help with?
Sativex has been made available for relief of symptoms associated with MS. It has not been specified for any particular symptom. Information from GW
Pharmaceuticals says clinical trials conducted in people with MS have shown promising results in the relief of spasticity, nerve pain, sleep disturbance, and
bladder symptoms.3. How can I get a prescription for Sativex?
As of 15 November 2005, GPs in the UK can prescribe Sativex on a ‘named patient’ basis for people with MS. ‘Named patient’ means that the prescribing GP takes the decision to prescribe it based on your individual circumstances.
Licensing procedures mean the drug will need to be imported from Canada, which may result in a wait of several weeks. This will also apply to repeat prescriptions so you will need to plan ahead.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 09, 2006 at 10:51:17 PT
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NJ To Consider Legalizing Medical MarijuanaMay 9, 2006 (AP) Trenton, New Jersey might become the 12th state to legalize marijuana for people with debilitating medical conditions.Senate health committee chairman Joseph Vitale has scheduled a discussion with experts next month. The Democrats supports the concept, but has questions. The bill, long proposed by Senator Nicholas Scutari, has never received a legislative hearing. The Assembly hasn't scheduled any hearings on the bill. But Governor Corzine said last year that he would sign a medical marijuana bill into law. Ocean County assistant prosecutor Terrence Farley says the bill is a veiled attempt to legalize drugs. Scutari's bill lists cancer, glaucoma, H-I-V and AIDS, wasting syndrome, chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures and persistent muscle spasms as among the conditions eligible for medical marijuana usage. Copyright: 2006 CBS Broadcasting Inc.
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