Good Sense On Medical Marijuana 
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Good Sense On Medical Marijuana 
Posted by CN Staff on October 21, 2009 at 07:16:06 PT
Source: New York Times
Washington, D.C. -- The federal government should not be harassing sick people and their caregivers. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has made the right decision, calling off prosecutions of patients who use marijuana for medical purposes or those who distribute it to them — provided they comply with state laws. It is a welcome reversal of the Bush administration’s ideologically driven campaign to prosecute dispensaries, even in states that had made medical uses legal and often with overwhelming popular support.
The Justice Department sent a memo this week to prosecutors in the 14 states that allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, suggesting that they instead pursue significant traffickers of illegal drugs, including marijuana. Mr. Holder made it clear, quite properly, that his department “will not tolerate drug traffickers who hide behind claims of compliance with state law to mask activities that are clearly illegal.” The memorandum also stressed the importance of cracking down on the criminal distribution and sale of marijuana, which remains the largest source of revenue for the Mexican drug cartels and a frightening driver of violence and lawlessness on both sides of the border. This is the core problem that needs to be addressed, not the modest dispensaries that serve sick patients who find marijuana useful in treating pain, nausea, loss of appetite and other symptoms associated with serious illnesses or cancer chemotherapy.The new policy still leaves plenty of room for local prosecutors to decide which dispensaries are really in compliance with state law and which look like schemes to sell drugs to all comers at a big profit. It shouldn’t take a lot of resources or time for local or federal investigators to figure out the difference. That will leave more time and resources for the real job of prosecuting dangerous drug traffickers and other criminals. A version of this article appeared in print on October 21, 2009, on page A30 of the New York edition.Source: New York Times (NY)Published: October 21, 2009Copyright: 2009 The New York Times CompanyContact: letters nytimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on October 21, 2009 at 08:40:04 PT
"At least 20 of the women named in the lawsuits died after using the patch. Though sales of the drug have plummeted by about 75 percent since word of its side effects spread, at least 2 million women still use it, and it’s still approved by the Food and Drug Administration."No wonder no one trusts the FDA anymore.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on October 21, 2009 at 07:55:14 PT
>>>and which look like schemes to sell drugs to all comers at a big profit.That's easy - Merck, Pfizer, Lilly, etc.Look at this story... got accepted at Concord Academy, where she excelled in academics and on the lacrosse team. She made sure she was on birth control - a contraceptive patch called Ortho Evra. This fall, she began her freshman year at Trinity College.Then, on the morning of Sept. 28, Leslie got a call from the dean of students. I’m so sorry, he kept saying. Adrianna had collapsed in her dorm room. The 17-year-old died of a pulmonary embolism - a blood clot in her lung.It made no sense. Adrianna was young, slim, athletic. How could this happen to such a healthy kid?
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