MMJ Backers Take To Airwaves in Illinois
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MMJ Backers Take To Airwaves in Illinois
Posted by CN Staff on April 21, 2009 at 09:58:56 PT
By Kevin McDermott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Source: Post-Dispatch
Springfield, Ill. -- Illinois' political skirmish over medical marijuana becomes an air war as of today, with proponents launching a television advertising blitz calling for legalization of the drug for cancer patients, Alzheimer's victims and others.In a Statehouse news conference today, proponents will outline the ad campaign even as it begins airing on network television affiliates in Chicago, Peoria, Decatur, Champaign and Springfield.
The campaign is backed by the national Marijuana Policy Project, which views Illinois as a key battleground in its national push to legalize medical marijuana. A spokesman for the group said Monday the week-long Illinois ad buy is designed to put pressure on state senators who are poised to vote on the measure by the end of this month."We do think those 50-some votes in the (Illinois) Senate need to hear from their constituents," said Bruce Mirken, spokesman for the Washington-based group. State "legislators have tended to be more nervous about this" than the public at large, he said.Mirken declined to reveal the cost of the ad campaign, saying only that it's "a meaningful buy." It won't include the Metro East area or Southern Illinois markets, he said.Proposals to legalize marijuana for medical purposes have arisen annually for the last several years, previously making little headway in Springfield. But there has been a sense among proponents that this year might be different.In Illinois, state Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, a longtime supporter of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, became Senate president this year. And U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced his office won't pursue federal marijuana violations against people acting in compliance with state laws."We are getting indications that support has increased" in Illinois, said Mirken. He described his group as being "cautiously optimistic" about the legislation's chances this year.Opponents, too, have noted what appears to be momentum for the measure this year, which has had the effect of rallying the opposition as well. The list of allies against the measure has been growing to include the state Chamber of Commerce and Municipal League, and several statewide police organizations."We've got a wide variety of groups" opposed to the measure, said Anita Bedell, director of the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems, a key opponent. She said that's partly in response to the proponents "putting forth a lot of money and resources" trying to get it passed.The proposal would allow Illinois patients to use marijuana to alleviate chronic pain and nausea when other treatments have failed. The list of conditions includes cancer, glaucoma, HIV-AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn's disease and Alzheimer's.The bill is SB1381. To View The Ads: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)Author: Kevin McDermott, St. Louis Post-DispatchPublished: April 21, 2009Copyright: 2009 St. Louis Post-DispatchWebsite: letters post-dispatch.comURL: Articles: Marijuana's Future as a Legal Medicine Set For Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill
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Comment #25 posted by Dagman11 on April 22, 2009 at 16:41:13 PT:
I have heard Quinn will support it
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Comment #24 posted by BobbyRa on April 22, 2009 at 15:21:55 PT
I think it has support in the House
but we will see. I am with you, please let's get this passed. Will Quinn support it?
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Comment #23 posted by Dagman11 on April 22, 2009 at 12:15:49 PT:
If we get this thing through the senate, do we have a prayer in the house? I can't explain how much I want this thing to pass. Myself and many other patients deserve to have legitimate access to our medicine. -Dave
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Comment #22 posted by greenmed on April 22, 2009 at 08:17:25 PT
It seemed a fair article for the mainstream press (AP and MSNBC). 4/20 is referred to as "International Cannabis Day" -- that sounds fine to me.I didn't appreciate the St. Patrick's Day comparison, though; it is especially ironic as it appeared in the Health section. We know that cannabis is nothing like alcohol, except in regard to the shared failure of prohibition.
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Comment #21 posted by Hope on April 22, 2009 at 08:03:25 PT
That's not about the commercial. It looks like it might be snarky, too. I haven't read it yet. I thought it was interesting that it was in the Health section instead of the Crime and Courts or Politics section.
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Comment #20 posted by Hope on April 22, 2009 at 08:00:57 PT
Here's one from MSNBC advocates light up for medical marijuanaIn the Health Section
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on April 22, 2009 at 06:40:51 PT
Related Article From The Chicago Sun Times
Organization Airs Commercials Promoting Medicinal Marijuana April 22, 2009URL:,CST-NWS-potadsweb22.article
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on April 22, 2009 at 05:36:17 PT
"forum for the reform of reformers"
That's funny, Josephlacerenza.It helps to know that we are a part of a major change in society for good and an important part of what will one day be history. Changing the world is such slow and tedious work though, but none of us is alone in our concerns, even though it may feel like it sometimes... and C-News helps remind us that we aren't alone. There was a time when people didn't even think they could talk about the injustices of the War on Drugs... and there are many, but that's changed in the last decade... or two or three... and C-News and the people who meet and drop by here have been a part of that, there's no doubt.If the battle is done tomorrow... or today... I will always remember (as long as I can remember!) the interesting, amazing, bright, and caring people I've met among the "Troops" that congregate and drop in here at C-News."Let us then be up and doing. With a heart for any fate. Still achieving. Still pursuing. Learn to labor and to wait."From the same poem, by H. W. Longfellow, "In the world's broad field of battle, in the bivouac of life, be not dumb, driven cattle, but a hero in the strife."
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Comment #17 posted by Had Enough on April 21, 2009 at 21:47:21 PT
GUBERS....No Time left…
for…GUBERS…Got no time…************No time for a gentle rainNo time for my watch and chainNo time for revolving doorsNo time for the killing floorThere’s no time left for you************Guess Who ???… tune is really about a guy breaking up with his chick…but some of the lyrics can apply to some Gubers too…
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Comment #16 posted by The GCW on April 21, 2009 at 20:46:16 PT
#12 - New Jersey
And their comin' around the bend...And New Jersey is leading by a bud.-0-*Attorney General Anne Milgram says it's workable...*Gov. Jon S. Corzine has said he would sign...-0-And Republican gubernatorial candidate (a GUBER) says He'll just keep on caging sick people.It's not a good time to admit being a GUBER.
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Comment #15 posted by BobbyRa on April 21, 2009 at 20:06:10 PT
Senate President John Cullerton
This year will show me if Mr. Cullerton, previous sponsor of this bill, was being real. If so, I believe he has the power to push this through. Thanks,
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Comment #14 posted by josephlacerenza on April 21, 2009 at 17:09:18 PT
Hope, I know!!
I'm secretly afraid I'll go through withdraws LoL!!! Not to say legal cannabis is something to be afraid of!! Hopefully FoM can retool this site so we can continue to be in each others lives. I think that is what I'll miss the most. Maybe this could be a forum for the reform of reformers:)!!!
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on April 21, 2009 at 16:07:48 PT
Josephlacerenza Comment 10
Lol!C-News can get to be an essential part of a person's day, as you've apparently noticed.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on April 21, 2009 at 15:30:36 PT
AG Says Medical Marijuana Bill 'Workable'
Medical Marijuana Bill 'Workable,' N.J. Attorney General SaysBy The Associated PressTuesday, April 21, 2009New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram at a news conference in Newark on Thursday, Feb. 5. TRENTON -- New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram is weighing in on a bill to legalize marijuana for medical use.Milgram says the measure, which would allow patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and other serious diseases grow marijuana plants for medicinal use or buy the drug at a licensed outlet, is "workable."Under the bill, which has passed the Senate but has not been heard in the Assembly, eligible patients would register with the state.Gov. Jon S. Corzine has said he would sign the bill. Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie has said he would oppose it.While acknowledging that there are concerns about enforcing laws to ensure that only patients are allowed to grow and use the drug, Milgram said her office has sent recommendations to the governor on ways to guard against abuses.Video: URL:
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on April 21, 2009 at 12:33:03 PT
I look forward to the day when CNews could be converted to another purpose. I can't read the future but I have an idea or two. All good things come in their own time.
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Comment #10 posted by josephlacerenza on April 21, 2009 at 12:25:45 PT
What do you see for Cannabis News when cannabis is legalized? Do we then turn into a forum for growing tips?!!! Best cannabis recipes? Don't get me wrong, but it will be sad to not check in on a regular basis:(
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Comment #9 posted by dongenero on April 21, 2009 at 11:47:50 PT
Charles Lynch
Sorry, I see he's facing sentencing, not trial.This is too bad. What purpose does this sentencing serve?
None of ANY good.
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Comment #8 posted by dongenero on April 21, 2009 at 11:41:46 PT
Jury nullification
Jury nullification for Charles Lynch.Stop the government's oppression.
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Comment #7 posted by Sam Adams on April 21, 2009 at 11:39:56 PT
USA Today great one!
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 21, 2009 at 11:32:58 PT
Press Release From ASA
DOJ: Policy Statements on Medical Marijuana Don't Affect Federal SentencingApril 21, 2009URL:
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 21, 2009 at 11:24:20 PT
Pro-Medical Marijuana Group Tries To Sway State
New Ad Campaign LaunchedApril 21, 2009Supporters have unveiled a new TV ad campaign in Springfield Tuesday in support of the legalization of medicinal marijuana in Illinois.The ads, sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project, feature two patients who have benefited from medical marijuana.One patient, Lucie Macfarlane of Joliet, says her spine has completely degenerated, leaving her in constant pain."It's ridiculous that I can take the most dangerous pills in the world, but I can't use a plant?" Macfarlane said.The other patient, Lisa Van Camp of Lindenhurst, says in an ad that she has osteoarthritis, and has been able to regain function through the use of cannabis.Bills are pending in the state Senate and House to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois.SB1381, the state Senate bill touted in the TV spots, was voted out of the Rules Committee earlier this month, but was placed on hold after some state senators called for numerous amendments to the proposal. With state lawmakers' spring break now over, the debate now resumes.The senate bill would permit the use of marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain and nausea if other treatments have failed, for patients with cancer, HIV-AIDS, hepatitis C, glaucoma, Chron's disease and Alzheimers. A similar bill, HB2514, is pending in the state House.Critics say the new rules will be difficult to enforce, and could turn patients into dealers or victims of thieves. Medical marijuana is now legal in 13 states.Copyright: 2009 MMIX, CBS Broadcasting Inc. URL:
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 21, 2009 at 10:45:45 PT
Just a Question
I've been thinking about the problems in California mostly. Do the big Cannabis Shops have a State License to operate under Prop 215? Does it cover all the aspects from growing to sales in a shop? I'm trying to figure out how a shop will be able to operate under State Law without a certified approval. I really have no idea and am just wondering.
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Comment #3 posted by museman on April 21, 2009 at 10:37:21 PT
these people
"The list of allies against the measure has been growing to include the state Chamber of Commerce and Municipal League, and several statewide police organizations."Here they are, revealing themselves behind the invisible curtain of the emperors clothes.Lets see, the 'public' (everybody but the so-called 'public servants') campaigns, and votes for freedom and liberty, and these people(?) use the resource and energy of the people they supposedly serve and represent to deny the will of the people at very turn (if they can).Whats wrong with this picture?When are people going to realize that they are the source of all the abuse and misuse of power going on in the world, because they consistently compromise with the controlling factions -not to give themselves, the people more power in their own lives, but to give more regulation and control to the ones who already have more than they should have ever been given?The Bush was kicked out, but the vermin hiding in the bush are still there.Its great that they think so much of themselves and their power, that they think all they have to do is mention their names of office, like Chamber of local rich, and cops judges and lawyers, and they think everyone is just going to go, "Ooh the cops and rich people say it's bad, we better stop." Its great, because those of us who aren't brain dead from denial and corruption, topped off with alcoholic lifestyles of the living dead, can see quite clearly who the idiots are in this struggle for truth, justice, liberty, and freedom, in the country that once inspired the entire human race towards just such concept.Grow a garden in your cadillac, melt down your SUV for gardening tools. Better get some decent clothes too, those thousand dollar suits won't last long up against reality.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 21, 2009 at 10:36:52 PT
I feel sorry for Lynch. I didn't think it would change anything. 
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on April 21, 2009 at 10:23:22 PT
bad news for Charles Lynch, Obama wants 5 years.....U.S. WANTS 5-YEAR TERM FOR MEDICAL POT SELLER
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