State Needs To Clean Up Medical Marijuana Mess
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State Needs To Clean Up Medical Marijuana Mess
Posted by CN Staff on October 11, 2011 at 07:41:58 PT
Source: Sacramento Bee
California -- Medical marijuana in California is an utter mess, a mockery of what most voters intended when they approved Proposition 215 in 1996. It was supposed to be a nonprofit enterprise, but has spawned a $1.5 billion industry in which networks of storefront dispensaries and large growing operations are reaping millions of dollars. Cities and counties are trying to keep up with the explosion of pot shops by limiting where they can operate, but at the same time they're also trying to wring revenue out of them.
The first-in-the-nation law was supposed to allow "compassionate use" to ease the pain and suffering of people with cancer or AIDS. Instead, it's so easy to get a recommendation for "medical" marijuana that, according to the first statewide study, many patients are using pot to relieve headaches and anxiety, and to sleep and relax. The law has been so corrupted that the feds are cracking down. On Friday, the four U.S. attorneys in California announced criminal charges against large-scale dispensaries, growers and financiers, declaring that medical marijuana "has been hijacked by profiteers."Some are accused of drug trafficking by shipping "medical" marijuana to other states for sale. Others are accused of irregular banking practices. And some are charged with marketing to underage customers with products like marijuana cotton candy. The prosecutors are also seizing the properties of landlords leasing space to dispensaries that are too close to schools or parks or not allowed at all. This chaos calls out for clear and fair state regulation and oversight.  Snipped  Complete Article: Sacramento Bee (CA)Published: October 11, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Sacramento BeeContact: opinion sacbee.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #8 posted by dongenero on October 12, 2011 at 07:59:37 PT
comment #7, the good Dr.
Great article doc.
That Burns PBS special on Prohibition is fantastic. I too was disappointed that he did not end on the note of the continued Prohibition.
However, the parallels of that era and the Prohibition of today are staggering to behold. From the zealous intolerance and penchant for control of the Prohibition supporters, to the support it gives organized crime. And even to the fact that one of the more vociferous Prohibitionists ended up as legal counsel for a company that provided grape juice that the consumer could add sugar to and make their own alcohol. Made me think of Andrea Barthwell going to work in support of GW Pharmaceuticals' Sativex.If you've not seen this PBS special, you should. You'll be shaking your head in disbelief throughout.If we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of history endlessly.
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Comment #7 posted by Dr Ganj on October 11, 2011 at 21:42:31 PT
Read This:
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Comment #6 posted by Oleg the tumor on October 11, 2011 at 17:59:02 PT:
California Dreamin'
Now that all this "data" is available, how many deaths have been attributed to Marijuana? Where is the damage?Legalize Freedom! 
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Comment #5 posted by HempWorld on October 11, 2011 at 17:10:27 PT
Sorry link was too long, I will put it here:
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Comment #4 posted by HempWorld on October 11, 2011 at 17:08:02 PT
OT CA Governor vetoes industrial hemp bill
This adds to all the bad news we've gotten in the last days. Well folks, now it's all over, forget it, because the gov't doesn't want to 'confuse' law enforcement, and even the democrats are fascists:Governor vetoes industrial hemp billBY JILL COWAN Californian staff writer
Monday, Oct 10 2011 05:30 PMLast Updated Monday, Oct 10 2011 05:31 PM Though Gov. Jerry Brown called federal regulation of industrial hemp plants "absurd," potential enforcement of those regulations ultimately led to his veto of state Senate Bill 676, which would have allowed hemp cultivation in four California counties, including Kern, as part of an eight-year pilot program.
Here is the link
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Comment #3 posted by museman on October 11, 2011 at 11:59:04 PT
exciting! (Occupy)
"The people, united, will never be defeated!""Jamie!" "Jamie!" "Come out and Plaaay!""You are a liar and a thief! We want our money back!""We are the 99%"Friggin awesome!LEGALIZE FREEDOM -LIKE YESTERDAY DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Comment #2 posted by museman on October 11, 2011 at 11:02:04 PT
"The law has been so corrupted that the feds are cracking down."What? Are they shooting themselves?LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on October 11, 2011 at 10:48:44 PT
The revolution live!
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