Hazy Stances 

  Hazy Stances 

Posted by CN Staff on October 11, 2007 at 05:48:57 PT
By Amanda Lowry  
Source: Indiana Daily Student 

Indiana -- I personally believe that there should be a requirement that every politician who runs for public office must have smoked pot at some point. Even if that experience doesn’t make the politician want to legalize it, he or she will at least realize how dangerous it isn’t.My position on this issue was only strengthened this week after watching a CNN video of Mitt Romney, in typical 2008 Republican front-runner style, dismiss a multiple sclerosis sufferer advocating that medical marijuana arrests be stopped.
The MS sufferer caught Romney on camera and explained to him that, although he is against legalizing marijuana, the smoked form of the drug is the only pain reliever for his lifelong illness that he can use without getting sick. His question, then, was “Will you arrest me and my doctors if I get medical marijuana prescribed to me?”Romney dodged the question, answering, “I’m not in favor of medical marijuana being legal.” After that, he returned to his mission of shaking hands with as many rally attendees as possible, ignoring journalists who pressed him to answer the man’s question.Romney’s attitude toward the MS patient exemplifies the 2008 Republican front-running presidential candidates’ chronic dodging of the issue of medical marijuana arrests and raids on medical marijuana dispensaries, which have been common since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Raich v. Vernon in 2005. The verdict allowed federal officers to arrest sellers and users of medical marijuana, regardless of individual state laws.Determined to at least appear concerned for everyone’s well-being, the candidates have tried to make their anti-medical marijuana stance appear justified through pointing out the drug’s safety issues, health risks and its potential to proliferate recreational drug use. But that appearance falls apart when someone brings up the topic of medical marijuana arrests and dispensary raids. Standing firm in the belief that cancer patients and well-meaning doctors should be tossed in the slammer doesn’t exude that same sense of compassion about public health.So to avoid the hypocrisy, the candidates draw attention away from the arrests and toward the drug’s risks.When a woman at a New Hampshire conference last week asked John McCain whether he would legally allow her use of medical marijuana, he replied: “You may be one of the unique cases in America that only medical marijuana can relieve pain from ... Every medical expert I know of, including the (American Medical Association), says there are much more effective and much more, uh, better treatments for pain.”And last week at another conference, when a woman asked Rudy Giuliani about his position on the raids, he, too, avoided the topic and talked about the FDA’s evaluation of cannabis alternatives.The health and safety issues medical marijuana presents are important topics for political discussion. But the discussion that needs to come first is the one about people who are getting arrested for trying to put themselves out of agony while hurting no one else – and how to stop those arrests. Source: Indiana Daily Student (IN Edu)Author: Amanda LowryPublished: October 11, 2007Copyright: 2007 Indiana Daily StudentContact: letters indiana.eduWebsite: Articles: Intrusion of Reality Ruins Good Campaign Stop McCain Should Know The Truth About Marijuana 

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Comment #8 posted by FoM on October 11, 2007 at 17:51:29 PT
Storm Crow and RevRayGreen 
Thank you. 
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Comment #7 posted by Storm Crow on October 11, 2007 at 16:57:37 PT
Hi FoM, 
Please give him these from me. Cannabinol delays symptom onset	Marijuana in the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis	Cannabis use in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.	Cannabis Relieves Lou Gehrigs Symptoms	Cannabis' Potential Exciting Researchers in Treatment of ALS, Parkinson's Disease give him a hug from me, too!
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Comment #6 posted by RevRayGreen on October 11, 2007 at 16:45:41 PT
yes, two different #1 FoM
altogether. A brave soul none the less. Someone close please make sure he has his medicine.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on October 11, 2007 at 12:02:58 PT

Thank you. I can't remember the name but it is an inherited kind. His Father died of it a few years back. My one nephew that is a construction worker is building a ramp since walking is getting very hard for him.
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Comment #4 posted by Dankhank on October 11, 2007 at 12:00:22 PT

nerves ...
ALS progresses as motor neurons fail.I think it's all about the nervous system ... suggesting that Cannabis can affect it some way.The many studies of Cannabis and Neuromuscular diseases all suggest this ...'s all crazy, suppressing inquiry will stain our government forever ...So sorry about your nephew.which MD does he have? I know you mentioned it before, but I forgot ...
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on October 11, 2007 at 11:48:58 PT

I think that MS is the nerves that are effected but with MD is is the muscles. I don't know why ALS is a form of MD unless it effects the muscles. I'm just guessing on this. My one nephew will need a pace maker because the MD has tried to stop the heart muscle from working.
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Comment #2 posted by Dankhank on October 11, 2007 at 11:22:46 PT

FoM, you're right ...
way different, so I have always wondered why ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, is actually Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is an MD, but a Sclerosis? scientists is the craziest people ...
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on October 11, 2007 at 05:51:49 PT

Just a Comment
I appreciate this article but the young man that asked Romney the question doesn't have MS but has Muscular Dystrophy and they are very different diseases.
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