Strengthen Medical Marijuana Law

Strengthen Medical Marijuana Law
Posted by CN Staff on August 15, 2005 at 20:19:30 PT
By Jeanne Kohl-Welles, State Senator
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Washington -- In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government may prosecute sick people who use doctor-approved marijuana to treat their pain, even in states that have their own medical marijuana laws. Washington has been one of these states since 1998, when 60 percent of voters approved Initiative 692, which allows patients to treat certain debilitating health conditions with medical marijuana, provided they first receive authorization from a doctor.
Does the recent ruling imperil Washington's medical marijuana law? No. The court's decision does grant the federal government the power to arrest seriously ill people who use marijuana to alleviate their pain and suffering. But it does not prevent states from allowing the use of marijuana as medicine. And this is important when, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, 99 out of 100 marijuana arrests are made under state, not federal, law.Barring a radical change in federal drug enforcement policy, the court's decision is of greater interest to law professors than to Washington's medical marijuana patients. But it does highlight the vital need to strengthen Washington's medical marijuana law, which was already weakened by past court decisions in this state. Snipped: Complete Article: Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA)Author: Jeanne Kohl-Welles, State SenatorPublished: Tuesday, August 16, 2005Copyright: 2005 Seattle Post-IntelligencerContact: editpage seattle-pi.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #2 posted by whig on August 17, 2005 at 00:17:50 PT
Count them
1 president15 members of his cabinet435 representatives100 senators9 members of the supreme court12 regional circuits94 judicial districts(p.s. there were 14 cabinet members until the department of homeland security was created)
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on August 15, 2005 at 21:23:33 PT
Cannabis prohibition is bastard law ...
It seems like the enemy of the State is the President.That is the same enemy of Young kids that don't want to be sent to Iraq as Bush's slaves to do His murdering.Bush is the same enemy of clean air, clean water and everything clean.Bush is also the enemy of freedom of religion.Cannabis prohibition is bastard law requiring the demise of religious freedom for its existence. THCU If Bush is stopped from removing "freedom of religion" He will be stopped from persecuting the sick.I think We are supposed to heal the sick, not cage them. Son.Washington has a freedom of religion problem and they don't know it yet.THCUTake away freedom of religion and force Us to follow the disobedient Christians in power?There was some mention of compassion... Compassionate conservatism...What a joke.Everyone has an interest in removing Mr. Bush from the President's seat, except disobedient Christians. It takes a disobedient Christian to support cannabis prohibition and caging sick people for using a God given plant. His base.Why do they call themselves the Christian Right?They work for the devil's spirits.Christ God Our Father and the Ecologician says to, 'love one another."Doesn't the Christian Right say, support Our troops?Doesn't the Christian Right say, they just want to legalize drugs.Bush didn't buy what Christ God Our Father, was selling for free.He may be a recovered alcoholic, but is isn't a recovered stumbler.The comparison and illustration of Bush denying Christ God Our Father starting on the very 1st page, also applies to killing and murder; HE CAN NOT UNDERSTAND DO NOT KILL, BECAUSE HE HAS ALREADY STUMBLED ON THE 1ST PAGE (denying God who said He created all the plants and said they’re all good!) AND NOT RECOVERED. BY THE TIME HE GETS TO PAGE 3 (Cain and Able) AND MURDER; HE IS LOST!!!  He may be a recovered alcoholic, but He IS NOT A RECOVERED CHRISTIAN !!! BUSH IS A CLEAR DISOBEDIENT CHRISTIAN.That is not for Me to judge; that has already been judged.Just helping Us see.The Green Collar Worker
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