Medical Marijuana Users Look To Change Law 

Medical Marijuana Users Look To Change Law 
Posted by CN Staff on February 18, 2005 at 07:15:14 PT
By Phil Davidson 
Source: Pantagraph
Springfield -- A state government building is about the last place a marijuana user would go armed with a tin containing 300 joints. When you're one of seven federally sponsored medical marijuana patients, however, you can bring your marijuana anywhere you want.Irvin Rosenfeld, a 51-year-old stockbroker from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., testified before a state House committee Thursday on a measure that would allow a person with a debilitating medical condition to possess 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana.
Immediately after the two-hour committee session in the Stratton Building, secretary of state police officers stopped Rosenfeld and asked to see the contents of his silver tin, which contained dozens of marijuana cigarettes and roughly 2 ounces of cannabis. Rosenfeld was ushered to a security office where his credentials were verified by his pharmacist and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Although Rosenfeld was cleared, lawmakers defeated the legislation he supported by a 7-4 vote.State Sen. Larry McKeon, D-Chicago, sponsored the measure that was rejected in the House Human Services Committee. The proposal drew the attention of the White House, which sent National Drug Control Policy Director John Walters to testify against the measure.Walters said medical marijuana laws make a game of law enforcement by adopting vague control measures regarding who is allowed to grow and distribute the drug."There is very loose, unscientific basis for claiming medical conditions," he said. "If some medical professional says you have it, you have it."Rosenfeld is the longest surviving federal marijuana smoker in the United States. He receives 300 joints a month for a rare disease that causes tumors to grow on his bones, leaving him in excruciating pain.For 22 years, Rosenfeld has been a participant in a federal program that provides marijuana for patients with ailments lacking known treatments.The diminutive Rosenfeld, who smokes 12 marijuana cigarettes a day, said his experience with the secretary of state police shows the hassles that people with legitimate medical needs can go through."It's sad, but people need to be educated. They just don't understand that this is a needed medicine and that's all it is," he said. "It might be a social problem, but that's not our concern."McKeon said he would personally contact Secretary of State Jesse White to inquire about Rosenfeld's treatment."That two cops took it upon themselves to detain this person is a clear example of why we need this legislation," said McKeon, who is a former Los Angeles police officer.McKeon, who has AIDS, said he will continue to fight for medical marijuana laws in Illinois. He said Walters' presence points out clearly the "stupidity, insanity and political ideology" that is driving the issue."I'm a lowly state rep from a Midwestern state called Illinois and to see this entourage sent directly by President George Bush, ... well, I'm honored," he said.Newshawk: MayanSource: Pantagraph, The (IL)Author:  Phil Davidson Published: Friday, February 18, 2005 Copyright: 2005 The PantagraphContact: newsroom Website: Articles & Web Site:Patients Out of Time Rejects Medical Marijuana Proposal This Woman Be Arrested? for Your Life Shouldn't Be a Crime
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Comment #4 posted by potpal on February 19, 2005 at 14:50:51 PT
California is the place you ought to be...
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on February 19, 2005 at 07:10:26 PT
Yes, Hope
Walters is a bureaucrat, not a doctor. He has not studied for years in medical school. He has not interned. He does not have a medicical practice, and yet he has the gall to belittle trained, experienced doctors on the basis of a blatantly unscientific, prejudicial, and unconstitutional federal law. The federal government has no constitutional right to regulate medicine.Medical Freedom Amendment for 2005, just to reinforce the medical prerogative of the states guaranteed by the 10th Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on February 18, 2005 at 16:45:38 PT
Walters and medical professionals
"There is very loose, unscientific basis for claiming medical conditions," he said. "If some medical professional says you have it, you have it."Goodness...Walters doesn't seem to think too highly of medical professionals. Oh right...government agents know more about medicine than those know nothing, unscientific "medical professionals".If I were a "medical professional"...I'd be plenty offended by that remark.
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Comment #1 posted by Nick Thimmesch on February 18, 2005 at 13:13:31 PT:
...speechless: Irv's about the most cooperative, low key stand-up guy I've ever seen with law enforcement & I know he abides and plays by the rules. Shame on those Illinois thugs! Even the United States Capital Police (DC's toughest on people) had the good sense to leave him alone when he lobbiedThe Hill last year during the NORML 2004 conference.
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