Latest Debacle for Medical Pot
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Latest Debacle for Medical Pot
Posted by CN Staff on June 25, 2010 at 06:23:12 PT
By DI Editorial Board 
Source: Daily Iowan
Iowa -- The once bright future for medical marijuana is looking a lot hazier after a recent dispute between the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and the state’s legislators.Medical marijuana in Iowa had appeared to be heading toward legalization, but there have been major arguments lately on whether it is up to the state board or the Legislature to give the final go-head. Each party points to the other, and as they do so, the prospects of obtaining a prescription for medical marijuana seem to be further from reach.
While the DI Editorial Board — which has supported legalizing medical marijuana in the past — waits with the rest of Iowa, we are rather hopeful that the state will end the bickering and legalize the once frowned-upon substance, thus allowing those in dire need to reap the medical benefits.However, after speaking with Sen. Tom Courtney, D-Burlington, we are not optimistic we will see any development before January.“I think you won’t see this become a law for several years, but the only way we are going to make it a law is to study it,” Courtney said.Initially, the Pharmacy Board (which unanimously voted for medicinal marijuana on Feb. 17) said it recommend Legislature to take a look into the medical benefits in order to proceed toward legalization. However, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has said there is no need for a legislative committee to study the matter because the Iowa Code gives the Pharmacy Board the power to set rules for medical marijuana.Without officially taking a side on the issue, Courtney said he believes the Pharmacy Board is correct, saying, “The Legislature is the one that needs to move forward on this issue.”The DI Editorial Board is quite skeptical whether the dispute will ever be settled. Courtney said the soonest medical marijuana could again be discussed is January, and even then it will take time before the logistics are all straightened out.Courtney said the state’s biggest concern (which should come as no surprise) is that over time, it will be easier for people to obtain the drug for recreational purposes.“If you’re going to make marijuana legal, you have to figure out the mechanics of it,” he said.And Courtney is certainly correct — there are many technicalities that the state must research — and that will take some time before we see any progress.Courtney is a strong advocate for the drug, and he believes many hospitals are in favor of medical marijuana, because it can ease the pain and nausea for many patients.He says if we can alleviate people’s pain, and do it in a way that doesn’t jeopardize anybody else, we are obligated to at least look into it?And many will agree with him. According to the Compassionate Coalition, marijuana has been proven to be one of the safest, therapeutically active substances that can be used for an array of medical purposes.So, what once seemed like such promising progress has apparently gone up in smoke — now only time will tell if medical marijuana in Iowa has a future.Source: Daily Iowan, The (IA Edu)Published: June 25, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Daily IowanContact: daily-iowan uiowa.eduWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #13 posted by runruff on June 29, 2010 at 07:37:49 PT
rchandar," It ain't white it ain't right!"
Pretty much how it has been in the US since it's foundation. I am half American Indian, my Dad is Cherokee and Choctaw, My Mom is 1/4 Indian, so white is not my identity. I have always been treated white because of my looks but my Dad was very dark. He went to a reservation school on a reservation in Eastern Oklahoma. Local white settlers called him a red nigger. My family has felt the sting of racism.What I have to say about the christian, I draw from my own experiences and what I have read and seen. This makes me no more of an expert than you or anybody else, just a guy with a keyboard and an opinion.Peace be with you and yours! 
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Comment #12 posted by afterburner on June 27, 2010 at 21:49:19 PT
Here's a link that doesn't overflow the page
•Weed Control Part 1: MS sufferer finds relief with medical marijuana
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Comment #11 posted by afterburner on June 27, 2010 at 21:40:30 PT
Saskatchewan Struggles with Health Canada Limits
•Weed Control Part 1: MS sufferer finds relief with medical marijuana•Weed Control Part 2: 'Still treated as criminals'
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Comment #10 posted by rchandar on June 27, 2010 at 18:01:03 PT:
Brandon Perera
I honestly don't know, since I've never been there. It would seem that, if there's a lot of land with potential to make money, legalization would be a popular idea--something where you could count millions of tax dollars.I've heard BC, and in some places in Canada were called "pot paradises". South Dakota doesn't have a warm winter, and that limits pot production to the summer, or indoor growing. I'm sure there are plenty of grow rooms, but the Midwest wasn't a magnet for these kinds of enterprises until recently.I'm going to guess most hemp that is in SD is schwag. But don't quote me, I could easily be wrong.--rchandar
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Comment #9 posted by Brandon Perera on June 27, 2010 at 11:25:05 PT:
You are punished with a hangover??
I'd say its more along the lines that you get a hangover when you don't know how to drink. South dakota is very restrictive on marijuana laws also. These farming states dont want it legalized because there is alot of land an potential for major money 
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Comment #8 posted by rchandar on June 26, 2010 at 14:11:05 PT:
Runruff (Part 3)
Protestant, not Catholic.The history of racism towards Catholicism is very deep and original. And like any other faith, race, culture other than WASP, prohibition is one of the corrective answers of a minority culture coming to terms with White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant domination of the world.There is a page on the Web called, "Christians For Cannabis." You all should visit it, it's pretty good.
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Comment #7 posted by rchandar on June 26, 2010 at 14:09:03 PT:
Runruff (Part 2)
I wouldn't lose your collar over my argument. As in, the conspiracy theory argument or Anslinger. When you decode the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, and all CIA-FBI-DEA-USG stuff, the reasoning is the same:If it ain't white, it ain't right.--rchandar
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Comment #6 posted by rchandar on June 26, 2010 at 14:07:29 PT:
It is illegal for two reasons:One, because MJ was never traditional in European culture.
Two, because Christian (by that, I mean Protestant) philosophy teaches that you are not allowed to "get high." You are supposed to earn your happiness, and alcohol "punishes" you for feeling that way with the hangover.Life isn't fair. If it ain't white, it ain't right.--rchandar
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Comment #5 posted by RevRayGreen on June 26, 2010 at 10:57:09 PT
I am so disgusted with the reefer sadness 
that exists over medical marijuana and all marijuana laws in Iowa day....yeah right. 
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on June 25, 2010 at 09:01:04 PT
To hear some of them talk?
Have you ever tried to convince a Muslim or a christian that there ain't no boogeyman? That Satan does not exist? Oh my! They say among other things that if Satan can convince you that he does not exist, it is a victory for him! He would like nothing better than for us to believe he does not exist, that way he can do his evil god hating deeds in the dark.It is sometimes like that when trying to dispel the superstition that religions have about the devils weed! They are girded up with their spiritual armor in which the lies and deceptions of the devil are repelled. No matter what some pot head who just wants his dope says or how many excuses he comes up with to go and practice his devil worship under the influence of dope, they will stand by the will and righteousness of the word of god and god says to remain always sober of mind and be vigilant for you will not know the day or the hour in which I will return?Meanwhile, the sick suffer!
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Comment #3 posted by dongenero on June 25, 2010 at 08:07:53 PT
Iowa governance seems to need adult supervision.
Amazing that elected representatives and governing officials in Iowa are so willing to point out to their constituents just how ineffective and dysfunctional they are. 
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on June 25, 2010 at 07:38:10 PT
With whiskey, a bootlegger!
and my spelling is....oh well... I'm going with "it was too early!"
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on June 25, 2010 at 06:49:14 PT
"medical marijuana seem to be further from reach.&
AAAARG!My post is in re to the comment I posted above! Many who are able to get out and those who are healthy and have money will not have any problem obtaining cannabis! The school kids have it! Yet these poly-ticks want to keep it from those who need it and have the most difficut to impossible time getting it!It is time to tell the story of how politicians are made:One day as a man's son was leaving home his father placed on the table a deck of cards, a bottle on wiskey and a bible. If he picks up the cards he will be a gambler, if he picks up the whiskey he will be a politicain, if he takes the bible he will preach!Which one did he pick up asked the wife?He took all three, answered the husband!The wife lamented,that means he will be a politian!
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