Lt. Gov Supports Medical Marijuana
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Lt. Gov Supports Medical Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on May 12, 2013 at 12:33:09 PT
By Sophia Tareen, Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Chicago -- Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said she is in favor of a bill allowing the medical use of marijuana, explaining Sunday that testimony from seriously ill veterans and other patients helped change her mind."As a former prosecutor my first reaction was, 'I'm not interesting in changing our laws on medical marijuana,'" she told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday. But she said that after hearing from patients and reading up on the bill, she's convinced the regulations are strict enough. Backers of the measure, which has cleared the Illinois House and awaits a Senate vote, have said the same thing.
The plan, touted as the strictest in the nation among states that have legalized medical marijuana, would authorize physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with whom they have an existing relationship and who are living with at least one of more than 30 medical conditions, including cancer.The proposal creates a framework for a pilot program that includes requiring patients and caregivers to undergo background checks. It also sets a 2.5-ounce limit per patient per purchase and sets out state-regulated dispensaries.Supporters say marijuana can relieve continual pain without the detrimental side effects of prescription drugs. But opponents say the program could encourage recreational use, especially among teenagers.The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriffs' Association are opposed to the measure, saying there's no sure way to figure out whether a motorist is driving under the influence of marijuana.But Simon told the AP the bill is strict enough to prevent misuse."It does a good job of both getting medical marijuana to people who need and keeping it away from those who don't," she said.Gov. Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, has been noncommittal whether he would sign the bill, saying instead that he is open-minded to the idea.Simon is weighing a run for another statewide office instead of seeking another term as lieutenant governor. The Carbondale Democrat declined Sunday to say which office she will run for, saying she will wait to see how other shape up.Simon is likely choosing between Illinois' attorney general, comptroller or treasurer. In recent months, Simon has played up her law-related background and accomplishments including as a pro bono lawyer and prosecutor.Her decision comes as the 2014 governor's race is heating up and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is weighing a possible challenge to Quinn.The bill is HB1.Online: http://www.ilga.govSource: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Sophia Tareen, Associated PressPublished:  May 10, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by museman on May 13, 2013 at 09:34:44 PT
"The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriffs' Association are opposed to the measure, saying there's no sure way to figure out whether a motorist is driving under the influence of marijuana."Why do you suppose that is? Could it be because driving while cannabis influenced is actually safer than not? There are studies done by NON-GOVERNMENT sources that prove that benefit more than anything the prohibs spout as 'the fears of marijuana'.When are the people going to put those ignoid cops in their place? - the same time they stop voting for their masters.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on May 13, 2013 at 08:54:25 PT
In Colorado porn is behind counter or wrapped in plastic I think.
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Comment #6 posted by Sam Adams on May 13, 2013 at 08:30:16 PT
reading the ABC news story below made me realize something - the media no longer asks every person in a MJ article whether or not they smoke pot.Up until just the last year or two - anyone that spoke up in favor of reform or advocated reform was always forced to answer whether or not they've ever used it. Look how silly it now looks - no one else is doing but the very right-wing ABC news. If there's one good thing to come from the Great Prohibition, maybe it's a lesson for us on what it feels like to be persecuted.  No matter how legal cannabis becomes I'll always understand the plight of the scapegoat little-person - what it feels like to be deemed "dirty" by the ruling elite.I can really see the same scapegoat process being used on immigrants. It's crazy, we used to build nice art deco immigration facilities like Ellis island to welcome the workers we needed into the country. Now immigrants are all classed as "illegal" persons from the minute they sneak through a heavily militarized border.  It's ridiculous. I just read that we know have 20,000 troops permanently stationed on the borders. Very expensive compared to Ellis Island.  And net immigration with Mexico is now zero - we might even be losing people to Mexico now. There is no logical reason to persecute these workers.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on May 13, 2013 at 07:48:54 PT
Do they have to hide pornography from children? I really don't know.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on May 13, 2013 at 07:32:20 PT
The mags are wierd, but the issue could effect the movement.Don't have to hide beer, wine mags...
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 13, 2013 at 07:14:33 PT
Many years ago back in the 70s we liked High Times and then they starting advertising sexually related material and we stopped buying it. I don't know if the magazines are strictly about cannabis or are taking money from ads that have nothing to do with Cannabis.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on May 13, 2013 at 06:18:34 PT
Colorado News.
Pot rule defies 1st AmendmentHB 1317 would force stores to hide magazines that focus on pot issues, clearly an affront to free speech.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 13, 2013 at 05:50:35 PT
Marijuana Movement Plants Flag on Capitol Hill
May 13, 2013The movement to legalize marijuana has arrived at Congress' back door. Later this month the first medical cannabis dispensaries are expected to open in the nation's capital, including one just eight blocks from the Capitol dome. The milestone is lifting the spirits of pot enthusiasts who believe a safe and profitable marijuana micro-industry in D.C. could help nudge along efforts to decriminalize the drug nationwide. ABC News recently toured the Metropolitan Wellness Center, one of the district's three soon-to-open shops, located on Capitol Hill. While pot products have yet to hit shelves  the shop is still awaiting a license from the district  general manager Vanessa West said they will soon offer multiple varieties of cannabis, paraphernalia and a mix of pot-infused products, including brownies, cookies and drinks. West, a veteran operator of dispensaries in California who admits she "smoked a little grass in college," said the sleek, modern set-up of her "product selection and payment room" underscores a serious focus on patients and treating their pain. Complete Article:
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