Marijuana Debates Spark Up This Week

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  Marijuana Debates Spark Up This Week

Posted by CN Staff on April 05, 2010 at 05:11:33 PT
By Gene Davis, DDN Staff Writer 
Source: Denver Daily News 

Colorado -- As medical marijuana has become the fastest growing industry in Colorado, discussions on the drug have gone from dorm rooms and parties to the Colorado Convention Center and classroom.The University of Denver this week is hosting a series of debates tackling marijuana-relates issues, from the harms and effects of medicinal marijuana to current and possible future Colorado laws regulating the drug. The three debates follow last weekend’s Colorado Cannabis Convention that was, by square footage, the largest cannabis convention in the history of the country.
Multiple vendors and attendees at the Colorado Cannabis Convention pointed to the convention itself as proof that marijuana is becoming more socially acceptable in Colorado. The event featured more than 300 booths offering everything from holistic healing to glass blowing. The convention was promoted as a family friendly event; no marijuana was allowed on the convention center’s premise.“Colorado is lucky enough to be setting a precedent for the rest of the states that are looking to take this direction to go off of,” said Amanda, the office manager of Green Docs, a medical marijuana consulting firm. “I think this (convention) is a fantastic catalyst for things to come.”Though always quick to point out the alleged medical benefits of marijuana, every vendor interviewed at the convention said they are pushing for the flat out legalization of marijuana. Michael Lerner, the organizer of the Colorado Cannabis Convention, said on Thursday that the medical marijuana movement was “absolutely” a backdoor attempt to legalize marijuana.Andrew Schultheiss, the district director for U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., said in a public discussion at the Colorado Cannabis Convention that the widespread legalization of marijuana could happen in the foreseeable future.“The number of members of Congress who are willing to say, like Jared Polis, that marijuana should be legalized, flat out, is growing,” he said. “Ten years ago you would not have found more than two or three members of Congress willing to say that.”However, Dane Stauder of The Fitter, a shop specializing in marijuana pipes, pointed out that marijuana is still far from being legal in Colorado. He said his shop often gets visitors from outside of Colorado who are under the impression that anyone can smoke marijuana anywhere, which is simply not the case, he said. Currently, only Coloradans with debilitating illnesses who get a doctor’s referral for marijuana can posses the drug.And as Colorado Cannabis Convention attendee Andrew Louzau stated, even a cancer patient who has a medical marijuana card can get kicked out of their home in Colorado if they live in federally assisted housing. Federal law prohibits the consumption of drugs in federally assisted housing, Denver law prohibits the consumption of marijuana on-site at dispensaries, leaving some patients with no place to consume marijuana, he said.Lawmakers who participated in Saturday’s marijuana discussion urged for patience as they make small steps towards reducing restrictions and penalties on marijuana. “This is new territory,” said Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt. “As we work through the regulatory regimes that we put in place...we’re going to have unintended consequences or wrinkles...we’ll have to iron out.”Source: Denver Daily News (CO)Author: Gene Davis, DDN Staff WriterPublished: Monday, April 5, 2010Copyright: 2010 Denver Daily NewsContact: editor thedenverdailynews.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #20 posted by FoM on April 06, 2010 at 14:21:33 PT
Don't Be Afraid
It would be a long shot with her since we have a very popular President. Bush didn't win when he ran against Gore. The second term was let him deal with the war he started. Obama stands above any President since JFK. Worrying won't change the future but trying to get as much reform accomplished as possible in how ever long we have until the Republicans are back in power is the way I look at it. When the RP has the Presidency again I will fade into the woodwork, retire and know we did the best we could when we had time to bring change.
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Comment #19 posted by tintala on April 06, 2010 at 13:25:58 PT:
I have to completely agree, I mean , 2 months of BUSH? 10 years of IRAQ? whoda thunk? I mean , if Bush got elected 2 freaking times then anything can happen , like PALIN , the curse would then envelope us like the plague. Godforbid, Palin, elected, just like Godforbid Bush 1st or seconds term, godforbid......if MCain got it...... godforbid anymore nut jobs.
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Comment #18 posted by runruff on April 06, 2010 at 13:00:32 PT
The only thing different about $Palin$ is she does it with her pants on!
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on April 06, 2010 at 11:59:27 PT
MSNBC Mentioned MPP Offering The Money
I hope Palin doesn't come down hard on marijuana reform. I do hope she would be happy to be handed $25,000. 
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on April 06, 2010 at 04:31:02 PT
Just one more thing about Palin. When I see people think she would be a decent President I really fear for our country. The most important qualities that I want in a President are first and most important to be intelligent, wise and slow to anger. I know we won't have to worry about anyone like Palin until Obama completes his second term. People that support Obama still support Obama and will campaign with gusto for him in 2012. I know many good things will happen until that time.
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Comment #15 posted by Paint with light on April 05, 2010 at 22:42:06 PT
Sometimes I actually relax and think Palin is unelectable as president, and then I remember.............George Bush.......Twice.Legal like alcohol or Palin charging to speak.
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Comment #14 posted by BGreen on April 05, 2010 at 20:22:57 PT
Yeah, but I would love to watch
the Obama/Palin debates. I could only imagine the one-sided battle of wits between a constitutional law professor and a soccer mom who quit her job halfway through.You betcha! (Wink)The only people who are bigger losers than Palin are those who find her interesting. Blech!The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on April 05, 2010 at 17:29:55 PT
It's easy for people to complain and say don't you want more freedom? Everyone wants more freedom but freedom from what? I want our government to do right by the citizens that live in our country. I don't want to be free of government though. Runaway capitalism would destroy the people who built our country and made it great. When money is the 100% driving force good just can't come out of it. We need balance.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on April 05, 2010 at 17:20:42 PT
She's certainly not said or done anything that I've heard of that would make me inclined to think that I would ever like to see her be President of this country. But I've paid little attention to things she's said or done since the election, other than her resignation as Governor of Alaska.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on April 05, 2010 at 16:40:16 PT
Maybe one of these days I might be able to figure out why she is important at all. She is for herself and knows how to complain but I have never heard her say how she would fix anything.
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on April 05, 2010 at 16:33:20 PT
It's not about the money though.Of course not.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on April 05, 2010 at 16:09:40 PT
I heard that too. She won't endorse marijuana reform for that price I don't think. Maybe $200,000 and she might. That's so sad to me.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on April 05, 2010 at 16:04:23 PT
Comment 7
I read somewhere that Palin charged a hundred thousand dollar basic speaking fee. Probably more that that for some sort of "endorsement".
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on April 05, 2010 at 13:08:01 PT
Sarah Palin Offered $25,000 by Marijuana Policy Re
Sarah Palin Offered $25,000 by Marijuana Policy ReformersLAS VEGAS — Tomorrow, at Caesar’s Palace, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will deliver the keynote address at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s national convention. Immediately following that speech, Dave Schwartz, the campaign manager for Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws (NSML), will offer Palin $25,000 to deliver a similar address to supporters of a regulated marijuana market in this country.In exchange for the $25,000, Palin will be asked to speak at one of NSML’s upcoming events, acknowledge the fact that marijuana is just as legitimate a recreational substance as the substance she is talking about at the WSWA convention (in fact, it is objectively much safer), and endorse taxing and regulating marijuana in Nevada and throughout the U.S.“There’s no reason why former governor Palin should reject our offer,” Schwartz said. “The health effects of the substance she is talking about at the WSWA convention cause 33,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. The comparable number for marijuana is zero. Alcohol is also associated with violent crime and other destructive acts, while marijuana is not. If Gov. Palin is comfortable endorsing that product, we are certain she will endorse ours. We look forward to negotiating with her team to find a time that works in her schedule.CONT.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 05, 2010 at 11:41:41 PT
This is how I see it. Cannabis is an herb that should be free and freely shared when legal. There won't be any real profit when that day comes. I look way down the road because I want to see the end. Then I will be happy. I dislike money being pushed as the reason to change the laws because it will only be a very short lived profit. Tobacco companies and big corporate farms will be able to buy the best equipment to do what we thought would happen years ago. People should be able to have their own garden and share with others though. I believe there are many people who aren't looking at the profit. Changing the law is the right thing to do. We are in a time now where being fair is more important then it has been in years thank goodness.
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Comment #5 posted by konagold on April 05, 2010 at 11:36:44 PT
ABC reports NAACP pro legal pot
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on April 05, 2010 at 10:27:31 PT
comment 3
was posted in response to Runruff's comment 1.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on April 05, 2010 at 10:25:34 PT
It's really sad.
Some years ago when Kaptinemo started sharing his thoughts on how it all would go down. I hoped he was wrong. I was hoping something would be done because the laws against cannabis are egregiously cruel and unjust.He was right, though.It's sad. But it's not as sad as not being able to dismantle the machinations of of a long standing injustice at all.Lubricate and polish those wrenches. Keep them in order. Shine a light on them. Know exactly where they are and how to use them at any opportunity.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 05, 2010 at 10:00:38 PT

New MMJ Legalization Poll
Three-Fourths of Americans Would Legalize ‘Medicinal Marijuana,’ Pew ReportsURL: April 5, 2010Wow. These numbers are really surprising, at least to me.From the Pew Research Center, drawing on a poll released last week:“With a growing number of states moving to legalize medical marijuana, nearly three quarters of Americans (73%) say they favor their state allowing the sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes if it is prescribed by a doctor, while 23% are opposed. Support for legalizing medical marijuana spans all major political and demographic groups, and is equally high in states that have and have not already passed laws on this issue…About six-in-ten (61%) Republicans favor permitting medical marijuana in their state compared with 76% of independents and 80% of Democrats. Conservative Republicans are the least likely to support legalization of medical marijuana; still, 54%
favor this while 44% are opposed. At least three-fourths in all other partisan and ideological groups favor this.”URL:
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on April 05, 2010 at 09:51:45 PT

Kapt has been calling the plays on this game.
Money, money, money, baby!AS the jobs and profits evaporate during these times of bankers highjacking America, cannibis jobs and profits are growing.This seems to be what will drown out the voices of the Calvinas and the J-Pees. Not constitutional correctness, not the moral or safe thing to do? It's the money, honey![WILL CAGE HUMANS FOR PAY!]-Is no longer a viable offer! 
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