Northeast States High on Medical Marijuana

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  Northeast States High on Medical Marijuana

Posted by CN Staff on May 29, 2009 at 08:31:15 PT
By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer 
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer 

USA -- Now Delaware has joined a handful of Northeastern states considering legalizing the medical use of marijuana. To say the issue is smoking hot would be exaggeration.Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island are among 13 states nationwide that have approved medical use of marijuana, but no Northeast state has joined their ranks since 2006.
Clearly, though, regional interest in the issue has been gaining momentum.New Hampshire would become the 14th state with such a law if Gov. John Lynch signs a bill that the legislature passed last month.On Tuesday, the New York Senate's Health Committee passed along a bill to that would let registered patients or caregivers possess and grow limited amounts of pot. An Assembly committee is weighing the same legislation.On April 20, State Rep. Mark Cohen (D., Phila.) and six other sponsors introduced a bill in Harrisburg. House Bill 1393 - the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act - is before the Health and Human Services Committee.Patients and caregivers with registration cards would be permitted to possess one ounce of marijuana and grow six plants, and "compassion centers" could be established for dispensing the drug.Federal agents will no longer raid such establishments, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declared in late February.In New Jersey, a bill passed by the Senate is in the hands of the Assembly's Health and Senior Services Committee.State Attorney General Anne Milgram last month called the plan "workable," and Gov. Corzine has said he would sign the bill.In Delaware, Senate Bill 94, introduced May 13, would allow registered citizens to have six ounces of marijuana, and permit licensed "compassion centers" to grow and sell it.In addition, on May 18 the Rhode Island legislature passed a bill that would set up dispensaries. Current law allows patients to use marijuana but provides no legal means for them to get it.Gov. Donald Carcieri might veto the bill, but the legislature seems to have the votes for an override, according to the Providence Journal.Besides Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine, the other states that have legalized medical use of marijuana are Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.Minnesota could have become state No. 14, but last week Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill that applied just to the terminally ill.Illinois may be the only other state with pending legislation. On Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill and sent it to the House.Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)Author: Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff WriterPublished: May 29, 2009Copyright: 2009 Philadelphia Newspapers IncURL: Inquirer.Letters phillynews.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #11 posted by MikeC on May 29, 2009 at 17:22:22 PT

Question Authority...
I couldn't agree with you more regarding Pawlenty. I lived in Minnesota until about four years ago when I went just across the Mississippi River into Wisconsin. I despise that man.I hope that he has the stones to run against Obama in 2012 and gets crushed! He'd have given up his governors seat in the process. Even if he doesn't run for President I have a feeling that he is going to lose his next campaign. He once had high ratings here but they have slipped considerably. I honestly believe that by vetoing the Medical Marijuana bill he drove the final nail into his own coffin. I work in Minnesota still and all the Pawlenty supporters I know have told e personally that he lost their votes as a result of that veto. He is going to regret that foolish move.
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Comment #10 posted by Question Authority on May 29, 2009 at 17:09:39 PT

Pawlenty is an uncaring POS
Minnesota could have become state No. 14, but last week Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill that applied just to the terminally ill.So a dying American can't get relief cuz Tim PlentyStupid is against it.What a prick. He's the same guy that's keeping Al Franken from his Senate seat. What a complete and total jerk-faced, selfish, mean-spirited scum-sucking maggot!And I mean that most sincerely.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on May 29, 2009 at 16:11:21 PT

charmed quark
I wish you the best of luck. Let's get this done!
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Comment #8 posted by charmed quark on May 29, 2009 at 15:33:16 PT

MM is ON for NJ!
The NJ Assembly Health committee finally scheduled hearings for next week where they will vote on the medical marijuana bill. If it gets a majority vote in the committee it goes to the Assembly. The Senate has already passed it, it's likely to pass the Assembly and the governor has said he will sign it.NJ is completely surrounded by states with their own MM bills in legislature (Del, PA and NY). I just hope we beat them to it and get to lead rather than follow.
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Comment #7 posted by josephlacerenza on May 29, 2009 at 15:27:54 PT

Some more news from the Huff
Just another shut-down for the prohibs!!
Drug Czar's Pot-Potency Claims Go Up In Smoke
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on May 29, 2009 at 15:16:26 PT

I do remember seeing something about it but no one has mentioned knowing anyone who has experienced such a thing so I just ignored it. Show me the people. Let the people tell us not a study is how I see it anymore. I'm getting very unshockable. LOL!
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on May 29, 2009 at 14:56:59 PT

Schwarzenegger plan would close 220 Calif. parks
Schwarzenegger plan would close 220 Calif. parks
 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts could mean the closing of up to 220 state parks, among them the home of the world’s tallest tree and other attractions that draw millions of visitors.Schwarzenegger this week recommended eliminating $70 million in parks spending through June 30, 2010. An additional $143.4 million would be saved in the following fiscal year by keeping the parks closed.CONT.-0-You would think Cali citizens would be screaming to RE-legalize and tax the plant that already is their #1 cash crop. Imagine the problems they would have if they stopped taxing grapes / wine...CASHCROP
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Comment #4 posted by josephlacerenza on May 29, 2009 at 14:49:57 PT

Did you see this one FoM?
Crazy!!!! I have never had anything like this happen!!! I've consume cannabis for about 15 years, and have never heard of it. Just goes to show ya that not everyone should consume cannabis. And, if this was the case why do "THEY" call us dirty hippies Lol?!!
Severe Vomiting Sickness With Chronic Cannabis Abuse
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 29, 2009 at 13:35:06 PT

Press Release From
Marijuana Rivals Mainstream Drugs For Alleviating HIV/AIDS SymptomsMay 29, 2009URL:
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on May 29, 2009 at 09:08:06 PT

To say the issue is smoking hot would an exaggerat
ion. Har, har, Mr. Peter Mucha you are so funny! You should be a comedian!So while you are so humorous on this subject my guess is that you do not suffer from a life threatening, terminal or debilitating illness that could be relieved by VAPORIZED Cannabis!We don't need this ill placed humor, this is not a Cheech and Chong movie, this is about medicinal cannabis!Thank you very much for your ignorance and misplaced humor, we can go without!
On a mission from God!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 29, 2009 at 08:32:53 PT

We Are On A Roll
We might just win.
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