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Marijuana Bill Clears Delaware Senate Panel
Posted by CN Staff on June 04, 2009 at 07:02:42 PT
By Randall Chase, Associated Press Writer
Source: Associated Press
Dover, Del. -- A bill that would allow the use of medical marijuana in Delaware cleared a Senate committee Wednesday with no opposition.The Senate Health and Social Services committee released the bill Wednesday after a 90-minute hearing in which no one spoke against it. Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, the chief sponsor, said amendments to clarify language in the bill will be drafted before it is brought up for a vote by the full Senate.
As written, the bill would allow people with debilitating medical conditions such as glaucoma, cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis to use marijuana to treat their conditions or alleviate their symptoms.Anyone seeking to use medical marijuana would be required to submit written certification from a medical practitioner licensed to prescribe drugs that it likely would provide therapeutic benefit. The patient, or a designated caregiver, would then receive an identification card permitting him or her to grow marijuana or purchase it from state-regulated, nonprofit "compassion centers."The measure, based on model legislation developed by the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, would allow a qualifying patient or caregiver to possess up to 12 marijuana plants and up to six ounces of usable marijuana. Supporters said that amount is less than what the federal government has determined would be a one-month supply for patients in an investigational drug program.Noah Mamber, legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project, said 13 states currently have medical marijuana laws, and the legislation is pending in a handful of others.The Medical Society of Delaware has decided not to take a position on the bill, according to Robert Byrd, a lobbyist for the organization. Byrd said members of the society's legislative committee discussed the bill Monday, and there were "very strong feelings" on both sides of the issue.Sen. Patricia Blevins expressed concern that if the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana is too broad, the bill could face difficulty passing muster with lawmakers and law enforcement officials."We may have difficulty in getting the necessary relief to the people who need it," said Blevins, D-Elsmere.But Henry, D-Wilmington, responded that "pain is a relative thing," and that she was wary of narrowly limiting the conditions for which medical marijuana might be useful."We don't know what will always help and benefit a person," she said.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Randall Chase, Associated Press WriterPublished:  June 4, 2009Copyright: 2009 The Associated PressURL: Articles:State Senator Proposes Medical Marijuana Bill Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on June 12, 2009 at 13:44:13 PT
N.H. Lawmakers Amend Medical Marijuana Bill
Concord, New Hampshire - June 12, 2009URL:
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on June 04, 2009 at 10:38:21 PT
Comment 2 Itsonlyaplant
Of course they're drug dealers, too! It's ok for some folks to 'deal drugs' and make profit, just not others.If cannabis was just a food seasoning... it would be ok to make a profit. But it's to make you feel better and by golly, no one is going to get any "feeling better" going on without a fight with the entrenched money makers... the perceived as legal by the state, drug dealers.Like Chris Rock famously said, "It's not that they don't want you to use drugs. It's that they only want you to use their drugs."
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on June 04, 2009 at 10:30:27 PT
Those chicken gizzards some folks like to eat... are craws. Birds don't have teeth and the craw is where the food gets decimated or chewed, sort of.When you raise birds, you have to make sure they have access to small stones, pebbles, rocks, or gravel to make the craw part of the digestive system work right. It's a rubbery thick pouch of muscle that grinds up stuff... using the pebbles as part of the program.If it's stuck in someone's craw... they can't "digest" it.The craw is a bird's stomach, or what they have instead of a stomach. There's the crop part, the first in line... for storage and softening and the craw... or gizzard... for grinding and digestion. Crop: In the same way that a chipmunk stores food in it's cheeks, birds store food in their crops. The crop is composed of layers of muscle tissue, and holds and softens the food until it's ready to be passed on to the gizzard.# Gizzard: A gizzard is a structure composed of tough muscle tissue which contains roughage that is used to grind the bird's food into a pulp. When the food is sufficiently ground, it is passed into the bird's intestine. So... if you've seen a gizzard, raw or cooked... you've seen a "Craw".(More than you ever wanted to know, hey, Vincent?):0)
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on June 04, 2009 at 10:24:12 PT
Press Release From DARE
 Schwarzenegger’s Call to Consider Marijuana Legalization To Boost Taxes Is “Irresponsible,” Says Chairman of DARE BoardJune 4, 2009 
LOS ANGELES - (Business Wire) Recent calls by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and others to study the legalization of marijuana as a way of boosting tax revenues are “irresponsible” and send a dangerous message, the chairman of the board of the drug abuse education program D.A.R.E., prominent Los Angeles attorney Louis “Skip” Miller, said today. “Marijuana is a dangerous drug with numerous demonstrable ill effects on health,” Mr. Miller added. URL:,850390.shtml
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Comment #4 posted by Itsonlyaplant on June 04, 2009 at 08:40:45 PT
Re: Craw
Sorry forgot link :
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Comment #3 posted by Itsonlyaplant on June 04, 2009 at 08:39:09 PT
Re: Craw
Vincent, according to Mirriam-Webster a craw is "the stomach of a lower animal" or a "crop of a bird or insect"
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Comment #2 posted by Itsonlyaplant on June 04, 2009 at 08:35:01 PT
Regarding mandated non-profit cannabis
Not that Im for "drug dealers" making money, BUT I do have one question, are Merck, Pfizer, et al non-profit organizations? Just curious, the federal government is so scared (so they say) that people will make money off of cannabis yet they allow the manufacturers of marinol and probably sativex in the near future to profit greatly... Doesn't the fact that they manufacture drugs and sell them make them drug dealers? just curious. Have a nice day.
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Comment #1 posted by vincent on June 04, 2009 at 08:30:02 PT:
Delaware MM bill
Sen. Patricia Blevins is concerned that this bill will not "pass muster" with law enforcement. I would tell her that no matter how much you water down this bill, cops, Bible-bangers and other assorted Conservatives will never accept it. It will always stick in their craw (what is a craw?)
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