Cohen To Speak At Marijuana Gala
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Cohen To Speak At Marijuana Gala
Posted by CN Staff on January 10, 2010 at 19:08:36 PT
By Travis Loller, Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press
Nashville -- U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen will be a featured speaker at the Marijuana Policy Project's 15th anniversary gala. Also on the bill: comedian/actors Cheech and Chong. The Washington-based nonprofit favors a legal, regulated system for marijuana sales and allowing states to decide their own marijuana policies.Cohen, a Democrat representing Memphis, has long supported the decriminalization of marijuana for medical use. In 2007 he spoke from the House floor about a friend who used the drug to ease his pain as he lay dying of pancreatic cancer.
He was speaking in support of an amendment that would have prohibited the federal Drug Enforcement Administration from enforcing federal laws against medical marijuana in the states that had legalized it.A member of Cohen's staff confirmed his planned appearance, but Cohen didn't immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.Marijuana Policy Project Director of Government Relations Aaron Houston said Cohen has been "a strong ally over many years" going back to his time as a Tennessee state senator."The dirty little secret about medical marijuana is that it's really popular," Houston said, noting that Cohen won a seat in Congress in 2006 despite opponents trying to make an issue of his support for it.Cohen created a buzz on the Internet last spring when he harangued FBI Director Robert Mueller for calling marijuana a gateway drug that leads people to stronger and more dangerous drugs."They probably started off with milk and then they went to beer," he said. "... The gateway theory doesn't work."In the same exchange, Cohen suggested that legalizing marijuana could help reduce the violence associated with the Mexican drug trade."Is there some time we're going to see that we ought to prioritize meth, crack, cocaine and heroin and deal with the drugs that the American culture is really being affected by and lives are being lost?" he asked.Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Mike Meno said there are no other congressmen slated to speak at the Jan. 13 event in Washington, D.C., but "there are a few who are being talked to." Other speakers include former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, known for their jokes about marijuana use.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Travis Loller, Associated Press Published: January 10, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Associated PressURL: Medical Marijuana  Archives
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on January 12, 2010 at 08:03:45 PT
From Cohen's Congressional website
In August of 2008, he was instrumental in passing H.Res.194, a House resolution apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African Americans. This historic legislation marked the first time the United States government has ever apologized for these past injustices. 
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on January 12, 2010 at 07:51:57 PT
From the Wikipedia entry.
"Prior to his election to the House in November 2006, Cohen was a Tennessee State Senator for 24 years. He is Tennessee's first Jewish congressman. Cohen is one of only two non-blacks representing majority black districts in Congress."
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on January 12, 2010 at 07:42:12 PT
I'm still shocked. Awed, in fact.
But I do, indeed, salute you for your stand and your knowledge in this matter, Representative Cohen.
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on January 12, 2010 at 07:39:25 PT
Interesting Wikipedia entry on Rep. Cohen.
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on January 12, 2010 at 06:40:22 PT
Steve Cohen
I'm sure you all remember this.FBI director gets schooled on marijuana legalization gentleman.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on January 12, 2010 at 06:36:49 PT
Steve Cohen's Congressional website
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on January 12, 2010 at 06:33:33 PT
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen
Nashville, Tennessee. I will salute you, as soon as I get over the shock.More power to you, United States Representative, Steve Cohen.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on January 12, 2010 at 06:27:09 PT
This article
I'm pretty much speechless. I'm so amazed at this. Lots of good things and appreciation and encouragement should be said about this gentleman. I'm speechless, though.
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Comment #10 posted by Universer on January 11, 2010 at 20:57:34 PT
Penetrating the Southland
Back on the article's topic:This is great!Whenever there is a favorable item produced by a politician or editorial writer or common citizen that originates from the southeastern region of the country, it does my heart good.When logic spreads to the nation's Irrational Belt, that's when we know we're getting somewhere.
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Comment #9 posted by Had Enough on January 11, 2010 at 17:21:51 PT
This might help a little with that.I found some youtube flicks of some dolphins.I have experienced similar scenes that you are about to see...Click to enjoy...and release the bad vibes...Dolphins Rock - Sailing with dolphins swimming in front of boat surfing the bow wave - Santa Barbara Channel
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on January 11, 2010 at 11:20:09 PT
Hey, BGreen
Sorry about the negativity.I've found resilience to be helpful. Usually more than a shield. They know how to get around shields... so resilience helps in that you bounce back and recover quickly from the emotional attacks. Be resilient and maybe you can find ways to be the kind of person that develops the power to overcome that negativity... for everyone's sake.Don't forget your Armor.There's a few people out there that have that wonderful power, that skill and ability, to overcome that negative vibe and change it, for everyone. Including the negative people. The purveyors of that negativity and toxicity and emotional pain are very unhappy and worried people and usually they want others to share it, the negativity, that is. Maybe comforting them, somehow, would help.Some people are just mean and belligerent all the time. Perhaps, they can't be helped and just avoided. But maybe they can be helped sometimes.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on January 11, 2010 at 09:50:37 PT
I find being around what I call toxic people something I avoid. We all have friends and family that generate negative vibrations. When we allow our minds to get consumed with negativity we can't function thru our own problems. 
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Comment #6 posted by BGreen on January 11, 2010 at 09:35:06 PT
So what does post #4 tell us?
These geniuses have discovered that two isolated cannabinoids work better than one isolated cannabinoid, but nobody will believe us when we tell them the plant with all of the natural combination of cannabinoids, terpenes and terpenoids works the best?Oh well, we know that this is further proof of the benefits of herbal cannabis.Good to see all of you. I've been around but haven't posted for a while. I was consumed with an emotional exhaustion after dealing with a truckload of negative energy not only from my family and acquaintances but also the infiltrator who showed up here a CNews. I've finally realized that I have to eliminate the negative energy around me if I have any hope for a happy and fulfilling life. Mrs. Green's and my families are really good about dumping their negativity on us but I know they don't for one minute really worry or care about us. This must stop and we're the only people who can.We live in an area that acts like we're on the Fox news set and every person we come in contact with spreads their negativity all around us. That, too, must be overcomeI finally got our local community center to stop displaying Fox news on the TV in the lobby. I was totally offended seeing the ugliness that is Fox news being purveyed in a public facility that my tax dollars helped build. I went all the way to the director with my concerns about Fox news but she didn't seem too receptive. She didn't personally see anything wrong with Fox news but said she'd check it out. So far we haven't seen any news channel except CNN, which I don't watch, but it's less vitriolic than Fox news is.There is so much positive vibes and energy at CNews and I cherish my kindred spirits who reside here.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on January 11, 2010 at 08:51:19 PT
Well said, Runruff.
"If I were just a stoner who just wanted my drugs you would never have heard of me and I would be happily stoned in my own little world someplace and I doubt that I would have ever been busted."
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on January 11, 2010 at 06:09:10 PT
Medical Marijuana Information 
Combining Components of Marijuana Enhances Inhibitory Effects on Brain CancerJanuary 11, 2010Combining the two most common cannabinoid compounds in Cannabis may boost the effectiveness of treatments to inhibit the growth of brain cancer cells and increase the number of brain cancer cells that die off. Thatís the finding of a new study published in the latest issue of the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.URL:
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on January 11, 2010 at 04:52:31 PT
Compulsive truth seekers or
a bunch of stoners who just want their drugs?Depends on who you ask.If I were just a stoner who just wanted my drugs you would never have heard of me and I would be happily stoned in my own little world someplace and I doubt that I would have ever been busted.In the Gospel of Thomas, in the Nag Hammadi, Thomas quotes the teacher as saying [paraphrased] If you do not broadcast the truth as you know it you will be condemned by it.Let those who have eyes see!
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on January 10, 2010 at 19:47:55 PT
Dear Marc, 
My friend, this is your get out of jail free card!Use it!Best to you and your family!Respect!
Legalise it nowin the US! But It's Been Legal In Canada All Along!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on January 10, 2010 at 19:44:51 PT
OT Marijuana Still Legal In Canada!
Courtesy of Russell Barth:"in 2003, a Supreme Court ruling said that allowing access to pot without providing a legal supply is unconstitutional.† And for a brief period in Ontario during that year, marijuana was actually decriminalized." Man, are you misinformed.† The Parker and Hitzig rulings struck the prohibition of marijuana possession down as unconstitutional.† The 2003 ruling was a simple possession case that was fought using Parker and Hitzig, and it struck down the prohibition again. Pot was never "decriminalized" - the law was struck down.† There is a difference.† Possession of pot had been legal since Parker, but the courts, cops and government chose to completely ignore all of this, and another court ruling re-criminalized possession.† That ruling is bogus because, in Canada, a court cannot resurrect a dead law, only parliament can revive dead laws - and they never did that.† So really, pot is still legal, has been since the Parker ruling, and every single pot bust since 2000 has been unconstitutional and illegal. So much for Canada being a "just society." Russell Barth, Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana User, Patients Against Ignorance and Discrimination on Cannabis"What's wrong with you people, assert your rights, wake up!
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