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  Medical Use of Marijuana Just a Smoke Screen
Posted by CN Staff on December 06, 2009 at 06:39:13 PT
By John D. Forester Jr 
Source: Reading Eagle-Times 

medical PA -- The Pennsylvania Legislature is considering legalizing marijuana. Well, not really. Last week, the House Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing on a bill that would allow the use of marijuana for medical reasons.

The hearing on the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Cohen, a Philadelphia Democrat, was probably the last time you'll see any action on H.B. 1393. With only seven co-sponsors the bill seems doomed. Even if, by some miraculous chance, it would see the floor of the House, it wouldn't pass.

And if the inconceivable happens, the bill would die in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Why? Are Pennsylvania lawmakers really that uncool? Unhip? Uptight? Yes, all of the above. But that has nothing to do with why this proposal is headed for legislative limbo.

The medical marijuana bill is a flawed idea that even our lawmakers won't buy into.

The bill, which cites only one medical journal article, claims ganja is useful for anybody with a very long list of diseases, conditions and symptoms.

Trouble is, no medical authority recognizes marijuana as being an effective treatment for any condition.

There are some very ill people who believe marijuana eases their symptoms. But those who would benefit most from legalization are people who want to get high without getting busted.

Advocates say the bill would benefit government financially. It would require the places that sell medical pot, called compassion centers, to collect state sales tax. The problem with that is that prescription medications are exempt from the sales tax.

So, ipso facto, if it's taxed, pot isn't medicine.

But the big problem is with federal drug laws that list marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no legitimate medical use.

The conflict between states and the feds over regulation rights has been fought several times over several issues, including drugs. The feds won.

Thirteen states now have some sort of medical marijuana law. But the legal status of pot is fuzzy in all of them and some "patients" end up as jailed inmates.

Medical marijuana is a ruse. If lawmakers believe it can do more good than harm, there's only one thing to do:

Legalize it.

Source: Reading Eagle-Times (PA)
Author: John D. Forester Jr
Published: Sunday, December 6, 2009
Copyright: 2009 Reading Eagle Company
Contact: voices@readingeagle.com
Website: http://www.readingeagle.com/
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Comment #9 posted by runruff on December 09, 2009 at 06:04:22 PT
I wonder if Mr. Forester .....
has ever been told to go and "ipso facto" himself?

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Comment #8 posted by Hope on December 08, 2009 at 13:24:34 PT
Storm Crow
Thank you.

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Comment #7 posted by Storm Crow on December 08, 2009 at 13:21:38 PT
Another "Flat Earther"
I've sent Mr Forester a copy of my list. It might help cure his "Ain'tgonnahappenitis" and his ignorance!

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Comment #6 posted by ezrydn on December 06, 2009 at 13:33:37 PT:

Let's Look at "Ipso Facto' Again
"So, ipso facto, if it's taxed, pot isn't medicine."

It's not so "ipso," Mr. Forester, if you think about it. Neither you nor we truly desire to be taxed for medicine. However, unlike your estimation, we ARE willing to pay a tax. Why? To further pull the curtain of smoke, mirrors, prefabrications, outward lies and all the baggage "prohibs" carry with them: Expose It All. The real ruse is on you. It's our way of showing you for what you really are. So, yes, we'll pay the tax. You?

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Comment #5 posted by Hope on December 06, 2009 at 11:03:33 PT
"don't let anyone tell you different"?
Teens Usually Get 90 Percent Of Medicinal Marijuana

http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n1088/a06.html?397

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Comment #4 posted by museman on December 06, 2009 at 10:31:12 PT
shams and ruses
"Medical marijuana is a ruse." No the US Government, most to all of its agents, agencies, polits, and minions is a RUSE!! A lie forced upon us without our will or consent. The stance of this mentality can safely be thrown into the trashcan.

Where do these 'people' get their 'authority'?

Illgotten, unconstitutional, immorally, unethically, and absolutely WRONG!!!

END CANNABIS APARTHEID NOW!!! END CANNABIS PROHIBITION!!

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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 06, 2009 at 09:13:29 PT
Wisconsin AP News
Hearing Wednesday On Legalizing Medical Marijuana

December 6, 2009

MADISON, Wis. (AP) The public will get a chance Wednesday to comment on a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin.

A bill to do that will be the subject of a joint hearing before the Senate and Assembly health committees.

Advocates of medical marijuana have tried to legalize it for years, arguing that it helps ease the pain for those suffering from myriad diseases, including cancer and AIDS.

Under the bill, in order to get medical marijuana the patient would need to have a doctor's prescription and suffer from one of a list of ailments listed in the bill.

The state would keep a registry of both those who can receive and dispense marijuana.

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws says 13 states have legalized marijuana.

Copyright: 2009 The Associated Press

http://wcco.com/wireapnewswi/Hearing.on.proposal.2.1352866.html

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Comment #2 posted by runruff on December 06, 2009 at 08:22:12 PT
And one more thing, John D. Forester!
The very fact that people are driven to deceptive means in order to exercise their constitutional and god given rights does not speak poorly of them but reveals the nature of individuals such as yourself!

BY WHAT MORAL, ETHICAL, LEGAL, MEDICAL, HISTORICAL OR CIVIL AUTHORITY DO YOU SPEAK SIR!



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Comment #1 posted by runruff on December 06, 2009 at 08:00:26 PT
"The feds won."
This is like judging yourself in a beauty pageant!

What in the blazes does he mean by "the feds won"?

Won what? The WoD? The argument that herb is not medicine?

That remark is just so [ass]inine!

If corporate reps on the Supreme court rule in favor of fascism this is not a win it is a coup!

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