New Mexico Approves Medical Use of Marijuana

  New Mexico Approves Medical Use of Marijuana

Posted by CN Staff on April 02, 2007 at 17:17:29 PT
By Reuters 
Source: Reuters  

Albuquerque, N.M. -- New Mexico doctors are allowed to prescribe marijuana to help some seriously ill patients manage symptoms including pain and nausea under a bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday."This law will provide much-needed relief for New Mexicans suffering from debilitating diseases," Richardson, a Democratic candidate for U.S. president in 2008, said at the signing ceremony. "It is the right thing to do."
The southwestern state is the 12th in the United States to endorse the use of marijuana for medical uses. New Mexico's state legislature is the fourth in the country to enact such a measure.The law allows marijuana use by patients suffering from several conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, according to Richardson's office.U.S. states that have backed medical marijuana have, however, come into legal conflict with the 1970 federal Controlled Substances Act barring marijuana. Courts have said federal law trumps state law.Just last month, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a California woman with an inoperable brain tumor may not smoke marijuana to ease her pain even though California voters approved its medicinal use in 1996.In 1978, New Mexico began allowing very limited use of marijuana, or its active ingredient, THC, to help control cancer patients' nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, but only when other nausea-control drugs failed.The law creates a panel of eight expert physicians and other health care workers to supervise the program. Qualified patients must be under a doctor's care and supervision, the news release said."I would like to thank the governor for ... giving me another shot at life," said Essie DeBone, who suffers from advanced complications from HIV/AIDS. Source: Reuters (Wire)Published: April 2, 2007Copyright: 2007 Reuters LimitedRelated Articles & Web Site:Drug Policy Alliance Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Lawmakers for Medical Pot Bill

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Comment #18 posted by FoM on April 04, 2007 at 12:36:11 PT

Freedom is a wonderful word. I think the future of getting more freedom is coming. Why it has been this bad is because of those in power. They don't care about people just their close contacts and lobbyists. Money is almost a god to some on the right. On the left people are more spiritual but not religious I've noticed. The heart is a powerful tool for change. Money is a means to and end for some people but it isn't a solid foundation to build upon. 
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on April 04, 2007 at 12:24:07 PT

I keep thinking...about our organizations
and why more isn't happening."Something" ain't "happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear."When did people become so afraid of "Freedom"? Why do we have "rulers" who ignore the "will of the people" when they personally don't agree with the "will of the people"...even in a supposedly free election and vote situation?It would be so nice to see some real progress and real freedom for people...not corporations... start up in this old world.They didn't raise me right for me to stand by and watch horrible injustice go down all over the place because of unjust laws, unjust government, crazy, cruel leaders, and unjust law enforcement practices. It pains my very soul. I was raised to believe in a special and true American freedom that no longer exists...if it ever did...and I'm so angry about it. Freedom. The real and good America. I want it! For everyone, including me and my posterity. Freedom! Don't they know what any of that means?

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Comment #16 posted by FoM on April 04, 2007 at 11:21:33 PT

I agree. I talk to people and one thing they say is marijuana shouldn't be against the law but no one thinks hard drugs are good and they should be controlled. The two are as different as night and day around this area of the country.
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Comment #15 posted by whig on April 04, 2007 at 10:47:17 PT

LEAP never talks about ending cannabis prohibition. LEAP treats all drugs as if they are indistinguishable.Say something about medical marijuana. Say something about cannabis specifically. Help us or we are not going to believe that LEAP cares about our concerns.
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Comment #14 posted by ekim on April 04, 2007 at 08:27:55 PT

Leap speaks all the time about ending prohibition
I am currently working to get Howard Wooldridge to attend a book signing event with Dean Kuipers -- who wrote Burning Rainbow Farm: On April 12 at the Delton Library at 6:pm If you read Petes site at you will know that last Thurs night Pete was at a debate with a Leap speaker Greg Francisco about how Prohibition has failed. Please anyone who wishes to make contact go read the Leap Blog. These speakers are pouring there hearts out to be heard. But you will see that most have no one that will take time to reply. After you have read a blog that touches you -- respond to them ask them to be at a event or what they think of such and such. Anyone reading about the drug war knows full well that to quote the Kapt -- what Richard Cowan has been saying for years its the lack of good journalism which keeps the public in the dark about the failed drug war. just a reminder the 36 Hash Bash will be held on April 7 at noon on the dia UM Ann Arbor, 
Yes you read that correctly 36 YEARS-------
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Comment #13 posted by whig on April 03, 2007 at 16:20:20 PT

ask LEAP to speak to us
tell them we want them to demand an end to cannabis prohibition. Tell them we want an end to persecution of patients. Tell them we need their voices.
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Comment #12 posted by whig on April 03, 2007 at 16:19:04 PT

Tell your friends in LEAP to get off their asses and help us. Speak out. Don't ask for money. Don't ask for anything. Just help. You owe us.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on April 03, 2007 at 14:23:22 PT

I don't remember that but I block a lot of bad things out of my mind. I believe that if a person hurts another person they should try to make it right. They shouldn't be paid but should do good deeds as a volunteer and in time people might believe them. 
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Comment #10 posted by Dankhank on April 03, 2007 at 14:14:15 PT

Yes ...
It was in comments about a LEAP story that, likely, Ekim posted wherein I asked what penance the LEAPers were going to do to atone. I specifically asked if they were going to return to their former jurisdictions and work to free their victims.Sorry for the mixup ... Greg Lake was a member of the very fine "Emerson, Lake and Palmer." Richard Lake of MPP is the miscreant. 
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on April 03, 2007 at 13:35:26 PT

I am with you on that. Did someone on CNews attack you and I just don't remember?
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Comment #8 posted by ekim on April 03, 2007 at 13:14:56 PT

please Dankhank 
yes wrongs have been done.
i know all to well how it feels, but i have also had the chance to meet first hand with two Leap speakers. I can not change anyones mind -- i only will say that life is short and i have done things that iam not proud of -- i only hope that the good will out weight being human.all we are sayen is give peace a chance
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Comment #7 posted by Dankhank on April 03, 2007 at 12:45:04 PT

This alternet story explains my attitude about LEAP.It's the same with them ... They were instrumental in persecuting non-violent substance-users for years ... retired and got a pension ... and now are sorry for what they did.No penance, instead, a new vocation wherein they get accolades for coming to a realization that what they did was WRONG.For this position I endured a hate-filled personal attack in this venue from Greg Lake of MPP.He never responded to my last comment to him, merely hid, as a coward, and left the insults for posterity.Now they love Bob Barr.MPP ... what's in your head?
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Comment #6 posted by dongenero on April 03, 2007 at 07:39:22 PT

I sent Gov. Richardson a message....
on his web site, to express support and thanks.I'm sure his opponents on this issue will be trying to attack him. This would be a good time to become vocal and express some support for what the Governor has done.Let him hear some positive support!
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Comment #5 posted by HempWorld on April 02, 2007 at 22:43:19 PT

Gov. Richardson is a man of extreme courage!
I hope he will get rewarded with the majority of the electorate vote. He is a man of compassion and vision. Could such a man ever be president of the United States?On the other hand, Johnny Walters is probably curled up in fetal position somewhere...

Nobody can stop this!
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Comment #4 posted by mayan on April 02, 2007 at 18:05:16 PT

Gov. Bill Richardson 
He's alright in my book. He and the New Mexico legislature just spit in the face of the feds. THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Rosie pledges allegiance to seeking 'truth' about 9/11 despite mocking attacks from right: Heroic Woman:'Reilly Mafia Threatens O'Donnell Over Sex Scandal: 911 Prestige: Media Magicians React to Rosie: Force Fighter Pilot and Instructor Comes Out for 9/11 Truth:`9/11: Press for Truth' challenges government's version of events: Cook's Ordeal: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest:
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 02, 2007 at 17:55:22 PT

That is a very good article. 
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Comment #2 posted by Dankhank on April 02, 2007 at 17:34:14 PT

Hey MPP ...
maybe you might want to read this ...
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Comment #1 posted by Dankhank on April 02, 2007 at 17:26:53 PT

It's positively ....
flinkin' amazing ....
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