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Originally posted by Mirthful Me
New Law Requires New Mexico to Grow, Distribute Marijuana.....
Originally posted by intrepid
I do not understand the anal approach that the federal government has to weed, medicinal or not. There is a market there that's not going away. If it's not legal all it does is make money for criminal elements, ie: Hell's Angels, Jamacian and Asian gangs . Legalize and tax and you not only neuter a HUGE criminal element, you also add to the public coffers. What's wrong with that?
I'm sure the religious factions will have a problem with that. THAT is EXACTLY why there should be a TOTAL seperation of religion and state.
Originally posted by MajorMalfunction
I don't agree, jsobecky, with the idea that it's the will of the people.
In CA, the vote to decriminalize medical cannabis was overwhelming. It was over 80% in my area alone.
It's still political suicide to push for legalization. People are generally sympathetic towards medicinal use, but widespread usage just doesn't have the support needed yet.
If it wasn't for the disinformation campaign by the ONDCP ("This is your brain on drugs") the number of people who believe cannabis is harmful would be much smaller.
If you want change, pick your battles correctly.
According to the Duke University site, 73% of Americans believe it should be legal for medical purposes, leaving complete decriminalization out of it.
If that's the case, and it's the "will of the people" why is it still a crime for someone who's dying to light up?
Answer: corporate greed.
Originally posted by jsobecky
Well, the idea is a pretty pragmatic solution to a problem, I would say. Think about it: where would they go to legally buy it anyway? How do the other 11 states with legal mm laws do it (I know that California has been challenged by the feds)?
PS: Mirthful Me....the first pitch at tonight's Red Sox game was thrown out by... a monkey!
[edit on 30-6-2007 by jsobecky]
The law is very specific about who can be approved for the card. Patients with the following conditions are eligible: cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, HIV or AIDS, and "damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with tractable spasticity."
"We don't want people applying because they have backaches," Busemeyer said.
Additional ailments can be submitted for approval. Other states allow marijuana to be prescribed for symptoms like chronic pain or nausea.
Originally posted by jsobecky
I think that many of you are overlooking the fact that not everyone thinks legalization is a great idea.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
I don't support medical marijuana use, because I've never seen any compelling evidence that smoking pot is more efficacious than taking Marinol.
Originally posted by biggie smalls
OK you are missing the entire point.
Marinol does not have the medicinal properties nor the dose control as the herb does.
One does not know how much marinol will be effective at a given time for the individual.