Orrin Hatch Has Drug Puns
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Orrin Hatch Has Drug Puns
Posted by CN Staff on September 13, 2017 at 14:58:28 PT
By Christopher Ingraham
Source: Washington Post 
Washington, D.C. -- Republican Senator Orrin Hatch on Wednesday will re-introduce the Marijuana Effective Drug Study (MEDS) Act of 2017 in the Senate. The bill, which has bipartisan sponsors, is similar to legislation Hatch introduced last year.It contains a package of measures intended to make research into medical applications of the drug easier, including increasing the supply of marijuana available to researchers and cutting some red tape out of the currently onerous approval process researchers must go through to work with weed. Researchers have long complained that strict federal regulations on marijuana have made it all-but-impossible to do medical research on the drug.
Contents aside, Hatch's press release is drawing even more attention on account of the groan-inducing marijuana puns sprinkled throughout -- no fewer than eight of them, by my count. In a service to Washington Post readers who are not as hip to drug slang as an 83-year-old Senator from Utah, I'll be annotating Hatch's remarks below.It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana. Our country has experimented with a variety of state solutions without properly delving into the weeds on the effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration, and quality of medical marijuana. All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good. To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.” I urge my colleagues to join Senator Schatz and me in our joint effort to help thousands of Americans suffering from a wide-range of diseases and disorders. In a Washington at war with itself, I have high hopes that this bipartisan initiative can be a kumbaya moment for both parties.Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Christopher Ingraham Published: September 13, 2017Copyright: 2017 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #16 posted by afterburner on June 15, 2019 at 11:00:20 PT
In Case You Missed It
Marijuana Moment.
Top Democratic Senator Calls Medical Marijuana A ‘Laughing Matter’.
Published 2 weeks ago.
on June 4, 2019.
By Kyle Jaeger still have these dinosaur statements. However, his complaint about Schedule 1 preventing research has merit.
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Comment #15 posted by afterburner on September 18, 2017 at 12:39:41 PT
Hope #9: re Virgil
Jim Marrs, Population Control: How Corporate Owners Are Killing Us, publication date: August 30, 2016
HTTPS:// an advertisement, only a preview. I heard him speak on the radio. He is now deceased, but the book lives on.
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Comment #14 posted by The GCW on September 17, 2017 at 18:49:50 PT
Fun doesn't grow on trees. It's a lot a work.
It's ALL good. From here out. Pace is slow, however, We know who the winners are.Losers saving face. Smiles on their face.It's green. Sunny & yes kind of funny.When the losers lose with grace.-0-After a hockey game, we come to the center of the ice and shake hands. What happens on the ice stays on the ice. Drink beer together and accept one another.In the end, We will accept Hatch but We will alway be leery of that one. -And all His sorts along with Him. Snakes. No gooders. People trying to get into Your wallet...
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Comment #13 posted by John Tyler on September 17, 2017 at 09:00:44 PT
one last thing
If I may be blunt... we need a joint session of high government officials to resolve the cannabis prohibition issue once and for all and for the good of all. 
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on September 17, 2017 at 06:26:58 PT
Epiphanies are good in our work.
Very good.It's how it happens. Often. I'm very thankful for epiphanies. Apparently, that's what it feels like when a total prohibitionist arrives at the truth about the use of the cannabis plant. When they are finally able to hear the truth, when it finally penetrates . When they see.An epiphany.Hallelujah! Scales drop from their eyes. They can, at last, see. Let there be epiphanies. Far and wide. Let them see.
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Comment #11 posted by John Tyler on September 16, 2017 at 19:25:26 PT
one more Hatch thing
It seems that Hatch had his cannabis epiphany when a friend of his used cannabis therapy to treat an opioid addiction.
This is so typical…These guys will never believe in cannabis until some cannabis miracle happened to them or someone close to them.“Hatch included a reference to “my friend” who found him or herself taking 17 pills a day, including powerful opioids. That friend was able to find relief, and leave behind the pills, Hatch said, thanks to medical cannabis.
The opioid crisis clearly had an effect. “In Utah, and across the nation, opioid abuse continues to ravage hard-working families,” Hatch said. “Many are seeking non-narcotic alternatives,” including medical cannabis. “After deliberative thought,” he said, “I’ve determined that it’s an alternative worth pursuing.”
That statement is something close to stunning. Just a few months ago many political leaders dismissed out-of-hand the notion that cannabis could be a helpful tool in combatting America’s opioid crisis.”, the fact that 75% of the people in Utah approve of medical cannabis too doesn’t hurt either.
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on September 16, 2017 at 17:03:28 PT
The Salt Lake Tribune's opinion on the puns.
Tribune Editorial: Hatch giggles his way forward on medical marijuana
A little humor can draw attention to a serious message
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on September 16, 2017 at 11:05:13 PT
Some older pieces that mention Sen. Hatch...
 Send 'Em To Jail That Day! Lunacy's Roots Help in Job With Drug Czar an interesting comment by Virgil from 2004.Legalization of Marijuana: Initiative in Jeopardy
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Comment #8 posted by John Tyler on September 16, 2017 at 08:35:48 PT
Hatch is a savvy politician
Hatch is a savvy politician but I wouldn’t trust him or the other Republicans either, with regard to cannabis legislation. So, he probably has something up his sleeve, however, sometimes legislation takes on a life of its own. At this time his words seem positive. Most people who hear that think he has changed his mind and go with that and not know about his past. So the momentum for cannabis gets moved forward without regard for what his real motives may be. At this point, I think the toothpaste has been squeezed out of the tube and cannot be put pack in so to speak. Yes, the fed may be making some negative noises, but so far hasn’t done anything. California’s legalization is coming online, flawed though it maybe, and it will be so big that the efforts of aging prohibitions will not be able to stop it.
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Comment #7 posted by Sam Adams on September 15, 2017 at 09:13:12 PT
I really like the LTE from this gentleman in upstate New York!!! the Editor:For our safety, many years ago our elected servants started the “War on Drugs” including on marijuana, cocaine and heroin.All three of these drugs have medical value. Putting pressure on marijuana traffic (nobody overdosed from smoking marijuana) drives drug users to stronger drugs that are easier to transport like heroin/cocaine.Then, it gets worse drug user start using prescription drugs /pain killers (anyone using FDA approved prescription drugs should read side affects) it continues to get to downhill with the use of methamphetamine.There, is some good news coming from the state of Massachusetts on July 28, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law for the use recreational marijuana (has many health benefits), hopefully drug user will get away from the aforementioned deadly drugs.But, in New York state sheriffs, state police, state workers and U.S. Border Patrol and any one connected to a government pension plan are chained like slaves the deadly drugs of tobacco and alcohol. Why? Because when they die before retirement it makes the pension plan healthy.So, now you know our elected servants do not really care about you, they just like blowing smoke in your eyes and using mirrors to make feel like they do.
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Comment #6 posted by elliott baker on September 14, 2017 at 20:57:48 PT:
pot research
the govt has done all the research already they know it cures cancer.what a waste of time when it all has been done. do you really think they are as stupid as they act.its all a cover up to stop pot from treating diseases better than any drug its all about the money thats why pot is illegal in many places still.if you doubt this look up govt studies on marihuana and cancer
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on September 14, 2017 at 18:12:17 PT
I can't imagine the reason for it...
I certainly can't imagine that it's good.
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on September 14, 2017 at 12:17:04 PT
good questions with no answers! Who knows what he's up to. It would definitely be a huge improvement to end the monopoly on research cannabis from Dr. Schwag in Mississippi. Maybe they'll actually do it. Congress will eventually have to move cannabis out of Schedule I too, maybe these rumblings are the start of that process.Maybe Hatch's puns have to do with all the money he's taken from Big Pharma, they want to make sure cannabis remains a laughing matter instead of the life-or-death medicine it is to so many people.He's 85 and conservatives of that generation like to sneer and make fun of cannabis, so I guess he's playing to them????
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Comment #3 posted by Vincent on September 14, 2017 at 07:10:21 PT:
So, Sen. Orin "Marijuana is the devil's weed" Hatch is actually...get this..."open" to Marijuana research?!!! I find that difficult to believe. He reminds of those open tables with petitions, that they had in front of movie theatres during the 1960s, proclaiming that Television stations were about to be charging people to watch TV. In front of the tables was a sign reading, "Fight Pay TV". Now, why should movie theatres...who lost money due to the advent of television...wanna be the TV-Watching Public's new "friend"? Of course they didn't, it was just a ruse. They were afraid of the incoming Cable TV, which would REALLY strip them of revenue...Pay TV was just a code word for Cable TV. As my father once said, "I never believed it, that's why I didn't sign their "petitions".I think that's what's happening here...Orin is trying not to look like a tyrant, so he gives in on certain things. But, like the Movie theatres, he has a hidden agenda...he's dying to have the "research" show that marijuana would be harmful. That's what he prays for!!! So, the next time that Hatch, or any hard-right politician makes conciliatory sounds, just say, "Hmmph!", and don't believe a word of it.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on September 13, 2017 at 20:05:54 PT
Sam Adams
You are right, and I agree.What do you think is happening here with all these puns? Why do you think he did that?
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on September 13, 2017 at 18:03:10 PT
Jeff Bezon and Mr. Ingraham do so well on cannabis but this constant referral to a "drug" is so wrong.Cannabis is NOT a drug!  It's an herb. A medicinal herb if you will. Is Echinacea a drug? Goldenseal? Astragalus? I don't think anyone has ever referred to any of these herbs as a "drug".
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