Push on for Marijuana Legalization 

Push on for Marijuana Legalization 
Posted by CN Staff on March 05, 2008 at 12:14:19 PT
Source: Joplin Independent 
Missouri -- Patients who could benefit from the legalization of marijuana for medical use in the state of Missouri and their supporters gathered in the Missouri state capitol today. Their purpose was to ask Speaker Rod Jetton to assign House Bill 1830 to a committee so that it will have a chance to be heard. Jetton has begun a practice of failing to discharge his duty as Speaker to assign certain bills to committees if he does not like those bills, according to Dan Viets, an attorney in private practice in Columbia, MO who specializes in the defense of civil rights and marijuana cases.
Last year, Viets revealed that Jetton chose to withhold a committee assignment of the medical marijuana legislation until the final day of the session!Patients who are suffering from symptoms of multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, cancer and the side effects of its treatment as well as other very serious ailments are presently threatened with prosecution if they use a medication recommended by their doctors as patients in twelve other states are presently allowed to do. Recently, the American College of Physicians endorsed a statement that marijuana should be rescheduled so that it would be available for prescription and supported enacting legal protections for patients and their doctors. The ACS is the nation's second largest physicians' organization. In August of 2007 a Rasmussen Report poll of likely voters in the state of Missouri commissioned by Fox News in St. Louis indicated that 57% of Missouri voters support legalizing the use of medical marijuana. Under current Missouri law, doctors are specifically authorized to prescribe hundreds of potentially deadly and/or addictive drugs including opium, methamphetamine and cocaine. It is incomprehensible why legislators would deny those same doctors the ability to authorize their patients to use a relatively safe and non-addictive substance like marijuana. To continue to deprive Missourians of the same relief from their spasms, pain and other symptoms is unconscionable. House Bill 1830 is sponsored by eleven members of the House, more than ever before. Similar bills are now pending in the states of Kansas and Illinois as well as several other states around the country. House Bill 1830: Source: Joplin Independent (MO)Published: March 5, 2008Copyright: 2008 Joplin IndependentContact: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on March 08, 2008 at 09:54:54 PT
US CO: PUB LTE:Biblejustifiesmarijuanalegalization
US CO: PUB LTE:Bible justifies marijuana legalizationTo the editor: If Missouri had a ballot initiative process like Colorado, legalized use of the relatively safe God-given plant cannabis (kaneh bosm / marijuana) would already be reality. One reason to stop caging sick humans for using cannabis that doesn’t get mentioned is because it is Biblically correct since Christ God Our Father, The Ecologician indicates He created all the seed-bearing plants, saying they are all good, on literally the very first page. The only Biblical restriction placed on cannabis is that it is to be accepted with thankfulness (see 1 Timothy 4:1-5). And "But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?" (see: 1 John 3:17). Jesus Christ risked jail to heal the sick. Further, cannabis is believed to be the "tree of life" and the very last page of the Bible tells Us the leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations.
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Comment #2 posted by potpal on March 07, 2008 at 08:40:44 PT
Just when I begun to notice a reduction in stupid punny headlines, a nasty one tries to slip by. Good catch, observer.Push, indeed. Prohibitions worry that if we persist and push hard enough, they'll fall off the edge of the earth.
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Comment #1 posted by observer on March 05, 2008 at 14:55:04 PT
There we go again with the 'legalization pushers'
Push on for Marijuana LegalizationTwo of my pet pot propaganda peeves in the same slug: "push" used to describe citizens attempting to work within the law and peacefully restore rights to American adults that have been taken away. (Taken away using subterfuge and lies.) And then the old "marijuana legalization" used to describe simply not arresting granddad and grandma for growing and using the wrong medicinal plant. For example. Foxglove; legal for grandpappy to grow and use. May not be too smart, but grandfather can grow all the foxglove he wants, harvest it, cure it, store it and smoke it or eat it or make suppositories with it or whatever. All 100% legal. Cannabis; the cops look for excuses to shoot Granny and Grand Pop. Failing that, they jail them for decades in slave labour prison sweatshop sodomy/rape factories. Either way the cops steal grandmother's and grandfather's car, house, land, and bank account, and shoot their dog, of course.That's the difference between growing and using the foxglove flower, versus growing and using the cannabis flower. 
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