Compassion in New Jersey
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Compassion in New Jersey
Posted by CN Staff on January 12, 2010 at 20:22:02 PT
Source: New York Times 
New Jersey -- It was a rare piece of good news for those suffering from such diseases as cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and muscular dystrophy. The New Jersey Legislature on Monday legalized medically prescribed marijuana, and Gov. Jon Corzine has promised to sign the bill before leaving office next week.As one woman suffering from multiple sclerosis cheered after the vote, “I’m in heaven. It means I am no longer a criminal in the State of New Jersey.”
This show of compassion for the chronically ill comes at an important time for New Jersey lawmakers, who failed last week to summon the same kind of courage and empathy for gay and lesbian couples. The Legislature rejected a same-sex marriage bill that Mr. Corzine, a Democrat, would have signed before handing over the State House to Gov. - elect Christopher Christie, a Republican who said he would veto it.The legislation that was passed on Monday allows doctors to prescribe marijuana the way they would controlled painkillers like Oxycontin or morphine. New Jersey will be one of 14 states to allow the drug to combat pain, nausea and other debilitating side effects from chemotherapy or for seizures, muscle spasms and glaucoma. That will give doctors in New Jersey an important option to the pharmaceutical drugs now available to treat these serious illnesses.Despite criticism from antidrug groups that the change would open the door to more abuse of marijuana, the New Jersey law would not make it easier to grow your own or puff away freely on the nearest street corner. Doing so is very much illegal. And federal officials have made it clear that while they won’t go after patients using marijuana, they want law enforcement officers to focus more firepower on dangerous drug dealers in their states.New Jersey’s law is expected to be the nation’s most restrictive. That is a far cry from California, where marijuana can be used for ailments as common as anxiety. Patients in New Jersey would have to get an ID card that says that they have one of the authorized medical conditions. They could obtain their supply only from government dispensaries at a rate of two ounces per month.Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a Democrat from Princeton and a lead sponsor of the legislation, said he hopes it will become a model for other states. New York, Connecticut and other states that are concerned about the well-being of their sickest citizens should take heed.A version of this article appeared in print on January 13, 2010, on page A30 of the New York edition.Source: New York Times (NY)Published: January 12, 2010Copyright: 2010 The New York Times CompanyContact: letters nytimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on January 14, 2010 at 07:12:49 PT
Had Enough
Dogs are honest and people just aren't. Dogs don't have motives but people do. From the time I was a small child animals were very important to me. I didn't get a dog until I was 10 but I walked our neighbors dogs and dreamed of the day when I would have one too. I think some people are born with the love of animals in their heart. 
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Comment #25 posted by Had Enough on January 14, 2010 at 06:50:33 PT
The Moose...
Glad to hear everything is ok...I think more of dogs than I do most people I’ve met...A lot of people are really screwed up with their priorities...Dogs...People should be more like Toker00 would say...
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on January 13, 2010 at 18:18:39 PT
Medical Marijuana Clears Assembly Health Committee
By James T. Mulder, The Post-StandardJanuary 13, 2010Syracuse, N.Y. — The state Assembly Committee on Health has passed a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana by patients suffering from life-threatening medical conditions.The committee approved the bill Tuesday, one day after the New Jersey Legislature legalized medically prescribed marijuana. An identical bill is pending in the Senate health committee. Fourteen states have laws allowing medical use of marijuana.The Assembly passed medical marijuana legislation in 2007 and 2008, but the measure died in the Senate. A Senate medical marijuana bill passed the Senate Health Committee for the first time last year, but progress was derailed by the Senate leadership struggle.New York’s bill requires patients to have a doctor or licensed prescriber certify their need for marijuana for treatment of a statutorily defined “serious medical condition.” Patients would have to get a registration card from the state Health Department. Possession would be limited to 2 ½ ounces.Copyright: 2010 Syracuse Online LLC. URL:
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 18:17:46 PT
Charmed Quark
Dang! That dog of yours sounds like a handful!
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 18:16:15 PT
Well, no more running with sticks for Moose.
Just a nice Kong and snow balls.
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on January 13, 2010 at 17:37:22 PT
We're Home Now
Thank you everyone. They had to put him totally under and went into a operating room and the Vet was shocked at what they found. He pulled his tongue to look under it because he couldn't find any puncture wound in his mouth. He found the entry point under the tongue and he scoped 6 inches into the puncture.  If it had gone any other way he said he probably would have dropped dead on the spot. He scoped down into his windpipe to make sure it hadn't penetrated it and it was ok. What a day but he is home now and in la la land. 
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Comment #20 posted by charmed quark on January 13, 2010 at 16:13:04 PT
wild mushrooms
walking our dingo dog, it nearly downed a death cap growing by the trail. I had to drag it away. Instead, it contented itself with a 3 week dead frog.
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 15:57:23 PT
Tennis Raquets
Helmets and hats.
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 15:56:05 PT
Some are worse than others, Charmed Quark.
Sounds like you have a bad one.Sometimes they chew up things they can't fit in their mouths. Like porch posts, window and door frames. Walls. Sofas. Boots. Shoes. Clothing. Jewelry. Glasses... like you see with. Baskets. Chairs. Trees, shrubbery, fences and balls, gloves, and baseball bats.
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Comment #17 posted by charmed quark on January 13, 2010 at 15:42:59 PT
dogs and putting stuff in mouths
I originally thought dogs only ate food. Then I realized it was food and food-like objects. Now I realize it's anything that might fit in their mouths.Our dog, from the time it was six months old, has eaten a pound of freshly roasted coffee beans ( we had to induce vomiting but still had a very hyper puppy), eaten my raised garden bed, eaten some house siding, ate all of our solar-powered garden lamps, eaten a pin cushion pins and all, ate a metal chain, a pendant and was trying to eat some silver earings ( christmas presents), eats sponges, dirty tissues, etc.Sticks are just an appetizer, although several times I have had to remove sticks lodged in its mouth. How do they survive in nature?
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 10:42:06 PT
People probably shouldn't live in disaster
prone areas like there are. At least not in dense, vast numbers.They should pack up and move if they possibly can.
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 10:37:22 PT
Things are pitiful in Haiti right now.
I pray that doesn't happen to California and the other earthquake prone areas of the United States... or anywhere, for that matter. I wish the Haitians could have been spared this horror.
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 10:25:13 PT
Since you can't get a dog to gargle, he's probably going to have to have a shot and something to spray in his throat until it heals.I feel sure that Moose is the type of dog that would be aware of and careful of your fragile health situation right now. I just hope he doesn't lash out in pain or anything. He seems like he'd talk to you, try to communicate, about it before he bit or snapped. I think he would try not to snarl, even if he wanted to, when he knew he was being cared for and tended. His muzzle might spaz a bit. But maybe not.From his pictures, he's a brave and gentle beast. Rather a serious animal.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 10:16:34 PT
Boozy, smokey sounding blues.
It's easy. Like a gently flowing river.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 10:14:46 PT
Thank you, Had Enough.
I'm glad you liked it.I really enjoy hearing Van Morrison sing, and watching him, too. Posting one of his songs seems to emit a screaming thunder of silence in response, though. Seemingly more so than with some artists.:0)All kinds of music can bring joy to my soul, but I'm very fond of boozy, smokey sounding blues.
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Comment #11 posted by Had Enough on January 13, 2010 at 09:42:00 PT
I hope things go well...Keep us posted...***Sister Hope...I've been doing the 'Domino' thing too... Kinda stuck in my head...Thanks for posting that video...
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on January 13, 2010 at 09:29:34 PT
Thank you. I will. He is in a lot of pain. I am concerned his throat could swell shut. We're leaving soon.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 09:01:15 PT
Be careful for yourself, FoM.
I hope Moose will be ok.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on January 13, 2010 at 08:39:25 PT
I never have really understood what Federalism is but I do think you are right. Obama is allowing the states to do their own experiment and that is how it should be.PS: If I miss any articles we have am emergency with Moose. He jammed a stick in his mouth this morning and we must take him to a Vet.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 07:32:56 PT
I keep bursting out now and then
in a little humming episode of "Domino".
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 07:31:27 PT
Today... Washington State
This is very interesting.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on January 13, 2010 at 07:00:02 PT
It seems to move that way doesn't it?
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on January 13, 2010 at 06:35:42 PT
You were right, FoM, about New York
following closely on the heels of New Jersey.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on January 13, 2010 at 05:29:26 PT
NY: MMJ Bill Clears Assembly Health Committee
January 13, 2010
 Albany, New York -- One day after the state of New Jersey passed a medical marijuana bill, the New York State Assembly Health Committee approved a similar one for seriously ill people, with life threatening conditions.The bill has been approved a number of previous times in the committee and this time, committee member Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) believes it might make it all the way to the governor’s desk.“We think the time is right. We think compassion has no party and our effort today is to move this along quickly, early in the session, so that maybe we can actually see it become law,” he said.Cahill believes the Senate, now also Democrat controlled, would support the bill. He has received no indication from Governor Paterson as to if he would sign it, but he is confident the governor would.Under the bill, a patient would have to be under a doctor’s care in order to be dispensed medical marijuana.Copyright: 2009 Mid-Hudson News Network, a division of Statewide News Network, Inc.URL:
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on January 12, 2010 at 20:48:24 PT
This is Federalism... isn't it?
At it's best.Which is supposed to be a very good idea for governing. I don't understand it enough to say anything likely to be very coherent about it, but as I understand, sort of... sort of like a far inkling... it's about a less powerful Federal government and the power of the states to govern themselves. Less centralized. Less D.C..
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 12, 2010 at 20:24:09 PT
This Really Is A Good Beginning
Thanks go out to Governor Corzine and everyone that has worked so hard to make this happen.
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