Medicinal Pot is Coming
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Medicinal Pot is Coming
Posted by CN Staff on May 22, 2013 at 06:14:10 PT
By Eric Zorn
Source: Chicago Tribune
Illinois -- If it goes through, we'll see a trade-off. Increases in addiction, crime and family dissolution along with assorted benefits. But enough about the proposed expansion of casino gambling in Illinois. Today I want to talk about the inevitability of legalized medical marijuana here, a development very unlikely to lead to such social problems, the fears of opponents notwithstanding.I say "inevitability" because a measure to make Illinois the 19th state to permit doctors to prescribe marijuana to treat specific medical conditions passed the General Assembly Friday, and on Monday, in a conversation with the Tribune editorial board, Gov. Pat Quinn sent an unmistakable signal that he will soon sign that measure into law.
Quinn sometimes dithers publicly when bills land on his desk. In early 2011, for example, he played Hamlet on the abolition of the death penalty for nearly two months, continually (allegedly) seeking more input from more sources on an issue that had already been exhaustively reported and researched, until he finally signed the bill.But there was no dither in his response Monday, even though he said it will be "a month or so" before he acts on the bill.First, he brought up the fact that military veterans ó a group that he has long and vigorously championed ó are particularly strong proponents of medical marijuana, in part because many feel it is of great value in coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs formally allowed its patients to use marijuana for medicinal purposes in hospitals and clinics located in states where such use is legal.About the Illinois bill, Quinn said, "I just want to make sure that it's done properly. Sometimes there's technical defects in bills, so you have to pay attention to that at all times."He added that, right now, he's putting all his energies into helping settle differences in Springfield over pension reform legislation.Fair enough. But aside from possible small "technical defects," I asked him directly, "Do you have any big concerns over this bill?""I read his column today," Quinn said, nodding toward my colleague Steve Chapman. "I thought it was a good column."He was referring to an entry in Chapman's blog at that listed "two big reasons" Quinn should sign the bill: "The first is that cannabis is truly useful for some therapeutic purposes. The second is that this legislation subjects it to tight controls that should alleviate the concerns of skeptics." The entry concluded, "For Quinn to sign it would be an act of humanity that holds little risk."The idea in general holds little risk. One indication of that is that none of the states that have legalized medical marijuana since California became the first in 1996 have repealed it (though some have tightened their restrictions). Another is that academic studies have shown no particular correlation between medical marijuana laws and increased illegal use among teens or adults.In fact, a 2012 study published in the Annals of Epidemiology found the implementation of medical marijuana laws statistically correlated with a small decrease in the rate of marijuana use among 12- to 17-year-olds.Another reason this bill isn't risky is that it will be one of the most circumscribed marijuana laws on the books, limiting doctors to the amounts they can prescribe and the medical conditions for which they can prescribe it. The law in no way resembles the almost comically permissive California medical pot laws (which, even still, have not caused the Golden State to fall into the sea).And, finally, if our state turns out to be an outlier and the new law leads to rampant reefer madness, it will sunset after four years unless the legislature renews it. And, of course, the whole thing can be repealed at any time.I congratulate Gov. Quinn in advance for his good sense, and urge the doubters and worrywarts to take a chill pill, or whatever you do to relax.Steve Chapman's Article: Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)Author: Eric ZornPublished: May 22, 2013Copyright: 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLCWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #9 posted by ekim on May 31, 2013 at 09:52:44 PT
thank you Hope
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on May 30, 2013 at 20:37:23 PT
Here ya go, ekim.
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on May 30, 2013 at 19:31:14 PT
could not find anything to read
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Comment #6 posted by museman on May 29, 2013 at 09:01:23 PT
the story of government hypocrisy continues
Federal mandates. Sanctioned from the top down. Now that the pres doesn't need to fool anybody for votes, off come the gloves and the real corruption that was underneath all along is coming to the light.These people do not 'work for us' they are our enemy for gods sake!Stop giving them power!LEGALIZE FREEDOM
People arrested in raids get arraigned
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on May 26, 2013 at 13:10:11 PT
National Governments' See-Hear No Evil Continues
AlterNet / By Paul Armentano. 
The Latest Cannabis Discoveries That the Federal Government Doesnít Want You to Know About.
Federal lawmakers and the White House continue to willfully ignore science in regards to the cannabis plant.
May 22, 2013 / Canada. 
Marijuana studies under Trudeau shelved before results analyzed.
Federal commissionís research director, Dr. Ralph Miller, talks with the Star about the highlights of his teamís epic marijuana research under then-prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. 
By: Diana Zlomislic News reporter, Published on Mon Apr 08 2013
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Comment #4 posted by museman on May 24, 2013 at 09:47:35 PT
meanwhile, in the State of Jefferson...
So much for the 'administrations' claim to 'leave Medical Cannabis alone,'But the meth community is flying high...they aren't the slightest bit worried about being busted these days, thanks to our 'beloved leaders.'I think its past time for people to wake up and smell the corruption. LEGALIZE FREEDOM
Feds bust Oregon Medical Cannabis...
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on May 22, 2013 at 15:19:09 PT
An outrageous waste in so many ways. Arrrgh.
15 arrested in connection with marijuana smuggling ring tied to CaliforniaRead more:,0,284300.story#ixzz2U3wNZlMk
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on May 22, 2013 at 14:04:56 PT
It's so hard to wake the self-righteous
from their propaganda driven prohibitionist nightmares. They won't listen because they think they are too smart to learn anything from anyone but the government and other prohibitionists. That, among other things, makes them self righteous. Too good for the truth.Maybe this article and the Australian one will wake up a few more iniquitous dreamers. I hope so. It's hard though, because they are deaf and blind to the truth by choice and they refuse to hear or see.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on May 22, 2013 at 07:41:26 PT
Yes, it sure is!
All over the world!Because Cannabis Plant Extract cures most types of cancers and most illnesses know to man.How are you going to get around that Rocky?See for example:"The same panel heard from Angela, a young and brave woman with inoperable brain cancer. Her life began a downward spiral where she lost her children and she was on such strong painkillers that she was virtually unconscious most of the day. After a year of treatment with cannabis medications, the cancer has retreated and she is now on the way to a full recovery."It's only a matter of time now!
Cannabinoid Drugs!
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