Medical Marijuana in Minnesota
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Medical Marijuana in Minnesota
Posted by CN Staff on May 02, 2009 at 11:27:30 PT
By Kevin Winge 
Source: Star-Tribune 
Minnesota -- Most of us, if we live long enough, will experience some degree of physical suffering. We may become ill ourselves or have family members or friends who struggle with progressive and possibly life-threatening diseases. In my life, I have watched my father gradually slip away from Alzheimerís. Other people I have known endured surgeries and rounds of chemo and radiation therapies before losing their battle to various forms of cancer. Literally countless numbers of friends have struggled and died from complications stemming from HIV/AIDS.
When a loved one is seriously ill, it seems like there is so little that any of us can do. We take them to doctor appointments. Try convincing them that everything is going to be fine (though we suspect that wonít be the case). We bring them meals in the hope that they can eat. We hold their hands. And sometimes, when the suffering has become almost unbearable, we tell them itís OK to let go and die.But there is something more we can do that may help ease pain or lessen conditions or side-affects associated with diseases that are sometimes terminal. Medically prescribed marijuana can help treat nausea, increase appetite and prevent unintentional weight loss. It has proven useful in the alleviation of pain. It may calm patients who are anxious and help them rest more comfortably.Last week, 36 members of the Minnesota Senate voted in the majority to approve the medical use of marijuana for seriously ill patients. Iím not sure if they voted this way based on the benefits of medically administered cannabis, or if they have experienced physical suffering in their lives. Whatever the reason, Iím grateful our Senate has approved the measure. The Minnesota House of Representatives is expected to consider similar legislation during this session. Governor Tim Pawlenty, citing concerns about increased crime and drug use, opposes the legalization of medical marijuana.Minnesota is not at the forefront of this issue. Fourteen states, from Alaska and Hawaii to Rhode Island and Vermont, have legalized the use of medical marijuana, as have countries like Canada, Austria and Israel. There are lessons to be learned from these states and countries about how to legally administer appropriate dosages of marijuana to the appropriate patients that will not increase the illegal use of the substance. For those of you who havenít experienced physical suffering Ė count your blessings. And join those of us who want to do more than just hold the hands of dying loved ones by urging our representatives to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Minnesota. Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN) Author: Kevin Winge Published: May 2, 2009 Copyright: 2009 Star Tribune Contact: opinion Website: Articles: State Senate Approves Medical Marijuana MMJ in Minnesota Closer To Reality
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on May 03, 2009 at 18:06:00 PT
I never watched CSI so I don't know anything about it. I stick to easy going channels like Discovery. News during the weekdays and Awe programs at night and on the weekend. LOL!
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Comment #25 posted by Hope on May 03, 2009 at 17:25:27 PT
That site seems to be a parody or joke site of some sort.I don't get it.The joke, I mean.
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on May 03, 2009 at 17:15:59 PT
The CBS website for the show is at
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on May 03, 2009 at 16:35:51 PT
I think that link isn't real about CSNY. It is weird to say the least.
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on May 03, 2009 at 14:58:02 PT
This documentary is very good.
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on May 03, 2009 at 14:52:09 PT
It seems that CSNY are in these episodes. bumped it so we watched Waking The Baby Mammoth again. 
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Comment #20 posted by Hope on May 03, 2009 at 14:22:10 PT
Hockey in overtime... seemingly forever.
It looks like we're going to miss it.I'm disappointed. 
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on May 03, 2009 at 13:44:57 PT
CSI New York
It's a Crime Scene Investigation television show that takes place in New York City. It's spin off of the original CSI Las Vegas.These shows have music at various times and scenes. They're going to use some of CSNY... looks like.I think they used a lot of the Rolling Stones on the original CSI.You probably wouldn't like the show... but the music might make it more tolerable.
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on May 03, 2009 at 12:34:02 PT
OT: Anyone Know What This Might Be? 
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on May 03, 2009 at 11:38:54 PT
It really is a good sport because the rider and horse spend years together to try to perfect those 3 events as a team. 
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on May 03, 2009 at 11:23:34 PT
That's better than a race.Four o'clock ... central time.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on May 03, 2009 at 11:07:11 PT
The Rolex Event isn't racing but show jumping, dressage and cross country. It's way more interesting then racing. One of the horse that won I read was 16 years old and going strong.
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on May 03, 2009 at 11:02:47 PT
Maybe I can watch it. Thanks.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on May 03, 2009 at 10:06:54 PT
OT: Hope
On NBC at 5 ET today the Rolex Event will be aired. I've been to the Kentucky Horse Park and it is beautiful. You might want to check it out later on today.PS: I almost didn't watch the Derby yesterday because of the injuries and deaths of horses over the last few years but I'm glad I did watch it. The horse that won was a 50 to 1 chance. It was a rags to riches story which I really like.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on May 03, 2009 at 09:51:27 PT
This is Way Off Topic
I've been thinking lately about how we need to figure out how to take care of aging hippies. Someone needs to look into making retirement communities for people who have always thought outside the box. Bethel, New York would be a nice place. I don't think the 60s folks want to retire to Florida or Arizona. People who are investors might want to think ahead a little about this idea. 
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on May 03, 2009 at 09:02:14 PT
As I understand that e cigarette thing..
It's vaporizes a liquid from a soaked cartridge of some sort by heating it slightly. The cartridges,themselves, seem to be refillable, not just replaceable, sometimes, apparently, with a liquid nicotine purchased in a bottle.It would vaporize something liquid besides the nicotine liquid, apparently. They have non nicotine cartridges. But it doesn't seem that it could be adapted to actually vaporize from tobacco or any other natural plant substances. 
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on May 03, 2009 at 08:56:21 PT
Smokeless Cigarettes
I have read about these smokeless cigarettes. I've wondered how they worked. Is it less or more expensive then cigarettes? I don't know. Could something like this work for cannabis too?
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Comment #9 posted by John Tyler on May 03, 2009 at 08:30:33 PT
better smoking
On that vaporizer cigarette thing, can that be, or has it been adapted for a better smoking material? Iím thinking that could be just the thing for concerts.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on May 03, 2009 at 06:32:03 PT
"Officers told the patients and volunteers there that they received a report of people continuously entering and exiting the facility." Marijuana Dispensary Shut Down By Police 
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on May 03, 2009 at 06:02:39 PT
Backwards thinking exposed
As I read portions of the 2 Colorado Springs Gazette articles and titles (coment #1), I was thinking,Cannabis isn't the "alternative" There is some backwards thinking goin' on here...The pills that the big Pharm produces, lobbys and advertizes - is the alternative.Then when I get to the the 2nd story, """Biology professor Robert Melamede is almost manic as he preaches the virtues of medical marijuana. He spews scientific jargon as he discusses the "thousands" of studies that prove it's one of the greatest drugs in modern medicine."In my mind, it's the first thing you should use, not the last," he says. "We've had it backwards." """
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on May 03, 2009 at 05:57:11 PT
Josephlacerenza comment 2
Those things are interesting and could be very helpful to lots of people. I was checking them out... and apparently they're sold out all over and won't have any more of the cigarettes or the cartridge refills for weeks... if at all.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on May 03, 2009 at 05:53:15 PT
Momentum for Medicinal Cannibis
Local Nonprofit, Others Sense Momentum for Medicinal Cannibis
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on May 02, 2009 at 20:00:13 PT
CN BC: 65 Per Cent In B.C. Want Marijuana To Be Legalized or the US; west is best. The wind blows from the west.Wanna race?
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Comment #3 posted by mykeyb420 on May 02, 2009 at 19:25:08 PT
cannabis freedom day
here in SF,,,this is how we do it,,,BIG TIME !!we lit it   4:20eat your hearts out
half pound joint
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Comment #2 posted by josephlacerenza on May 02, 2009 at 15:04:56 PT
Some News for the cigarette Smokers
Has anyone seen this product called Njoy? Well if you haven't, it is a smokeless/tabaccoless cigarette!!!! It is basically a nicotine vaporizer!!! My mother in law, a life long smoker, said it tastes just like a cigarette without the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd hand smoke associated with regular cigarettes. Not only that, but you can use them in bars, restaurants, etc were smoking bans have been implemented, like here in Montana. They ask us to step out side in the freezing winters to get our fix!!! Check it out!!!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 02, 2009 at 14:49:22 PT
Colorado: News Articles From The Gazette
Marijuana: An Alternative MedicineMay 2, 2009URL:***Scientists, FDA at Odds Over Benefits of MarijuanaMay 2, 2009URL:
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