12 States Give OK To Medicinal Cannabis

  12 States Give OK To Medicinal Cannabis

Posted by CN Staff on April 14, 2007 at 06:14:32 PT
By Ed Kociela, News Editor 
Source: Spectrum 

New Mexico -- Somebody finally got it right. Gov. Bill Richardson recently signed a bill that makes New Mexico the 12th state in the Union to allow medical use of marijuana.How Richardson and the state legislature got it right was by deciding that instead of just allowing the compassionate medical practice, it would get into the business of producing and distributing the herb, something Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington have not quite come to grips with.
In New Mexico, you will soon be able to go to your doctor who, if it's appropriate, will write a prescription for medicinal cannabis. The patient will then make a purchase through a state-regulated facility. No more argument about how many plants a medical marijuana patient may cultivate, no more arguments about the compassionate shops that sell cannabis even though they face the risk of federal drug agents raiding their legal stores, no more concern that those who use the drug are also cultivating it for sale.It's all neat, clean and tidy.Now, before you get on a high horse about this, let's make it perfectly clear that this is a plea for the legalization of marijuana for medicinal uses. Legalization for recreational use is a different issue. This is about medicine.Imagine that your doctor says you have a medical condition for which there is no cure, one that will slowly rob you of your quality of life - from impotence to immobility. The condition is guaranteed to result in unrelenting pain that will, in fact, grow worse.You'll get Lortab, Demerol or Oxycontin for pain. You'll get Soma or Skelaxin to relax the muscles. Probably some Prozac, Lexapro or Zoloft to help with depression and some Xanax or Valium to relieve those moments of high anxiety. Don't forget the Viagra or Cialis to maintain an intimate relationship with your partner, or other meds specific to your condition. And, you'll wind up addicted to one or more of these meds, guaranteed. Not so with cannabis.According to a Mayo Clinic report -- -- researchers believe cannabis can aid in the treatment of nausea that accompanies chemotherapy or HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, Multiple Sclerosis, spasticity from spinal cord injuries, depression, chronic pain and other disorders.Cannabis is more gentle on the system and less addictive than those other harsh drugs. It's cheaper. And dosage can be easily regulated by the patient.Our kids? Recent studies indicate sedatives and painkillers are more popular than marijuana, with alcohol and tobacco the most frequent "gateway" drugs.I really hope you never hear the Doc say "There's no cure."But, if you do, I hope by then the government overcomes its prejudices against a medicine that can be of tremendous value to many, that is gentler on the body and can be much more affordable.Source: Spectrum, The (UT)Author: Ed Kociela, News EditorPublished: April 14, 2007Copyright: 2007 The SpectrumContact: ekociela Website: Articles & Web Site:Drug Policy Alliance Mexico Approves Medical Use of Marijuana Signs Medical Marijuana Bill

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Comment #15 posted by Richard Zuckerman on April 15, 2007 at 20:17:12 PT:
The recently appointed new Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., told me late this past summer in one of his "open house" face to face question and answer queries that he has changed his mind and now supports medical "Marijuana"!!! Please call Congress, (toll free)(866) 340-9281, ask for Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., and ask for support of Medical "Marijuana"? 
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Comment #14 posted by Toker00 on April 15, 2007 at 15:52:06 PT
Oh, cool! Old King.
Thanks, Bro.! He's laid back right now beside me in his bed. Full tummy and no worries. I've always referred to El as King, too. One of my favorites, too, FoM. Toke.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on April 15, 2007 at 10:36:21 PT
Had Enough
That's right Old King was named ELVIS! Cool. I just turned on Rust Radio and Neil is sing Hey Hey My My.I love that song.
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Comment #12 posted by Had Enough on April 15, 2007 at 10:17:07 PT
Elvis is Back!!! 
Elvis is Back!!!Neil Young had a hound named Elvis too. This is what he has to say about him.**********Introduction to “Old King”"This a song about my dog. His name is Elvis. Elvis is riding on Jimi Hendrix's bus now. He traveled with me for many years. Well, I changed his name to 'King' in the song to avoid any confusion."Elvis had quite a nose. That was his whole thing, was his nose. But, you know, he was very sensitive about it. I'll tell you a little story about him."He used to go on the road with me all the time, and, you know he kind of smelled like a hound, 'cause... he was a hound. But it smelled good to him, and uh, you know we would take him to a veteranarian place or something and they'd clean him up a little bit so when he got on the bus he wasn't too comfy, you know? "After a while we all kind of got used to each other on the bus, so it was okay, but right at first he was a little strong, so. . . so anyway, once, uh, someone took him that usually doesn't take him and took him to some fifi dog place. He came back smelling, uh, kinda like some bad toilet paper or something? Non-environmental and all. It had this odor to it that was like,(groaning)'oh no, wow.' He kind of smelled like one of those things that hangs on people's mirrors, you know, that smell? Anyway, it was bad for me, but to him it was hell, 'cause he was, you know, sensitive.
 more…**********Toker00I heard this on Rust Radio last night right after sundown. It’s an introduction to “Old King” at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on 9/22/1992.I immediately thought of you and Elvis. We are painting the backside of the house and I had Rust Radio cranking all day. We had just finished cleaning up, and we sitting down taking a break. They say timing is everything. In this case once again it was perfect. Just maybe if you listen to Rust Radio today, you might hear it. Now that timing would be cool.I searched for the tune too, but only found that the torrent is disabled and unavailable for download.But any who I’m glad Elvis is back home. Pick that guy up and hold him where you can feel his heartbeat and he can feel yours. Give him a biscuit and a scratch… priceless…Biscuits… Hhmm
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Comment #11 posted by RevrayGreen on April 15, 2007 at 07:21:53 PT
Comment #1 posted by Hope
"Montel Williams 
Tuesday, the seventeenth, his show will be about living with MS. "Damned I wish I could 've gotten on that show, I'll miss it due to work, by the 17th of each month is an important day for all medical marijuana patients. I'll be looking for a rebroadcast on the net thanx.
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Comment #10 posted by Toker00 on April 15, 2007 at 05:47:54 PT
OT: Who really supports the Troops?
The World would appreciate reading this, I believe. spread this very enlightening post. The Healing Truth.Toke.
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on April 15, 2007 at 05:33:07 PT
Remember what CU did last year?
Conference on World Affairs: The harmless highFinal day of CWA concludes with discussion of pot politicsBen HorowitzNews from Boulder, ColoradoIssue date: 4/15/07
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Comment #8 posted by Toker00 on April 15, 2007 at 04:21:30 PT
FoM Hope
Thanks, FoM.Yes it is, Hope. Pure Peace.Toke.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 14, 2007 at 17:14:49 PT
 It's a good feeling. 
It's peace.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 14, 2007 at 16:22:03 PT
Dachshunds are sweet. I had one. My son has one. Both female.Mine was tiny, and so soft. She liked to hang around my neck on my shoulders while I was on the computer. We hassled about it in the summer. I'm sure he's as glad to be home as you are to have him back.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 14, 2007 at 14:53:14 PT
Have a nice day with Elvis. I'm glad he is home with you. It is cold and dreary here today so we aren't doing much but taking it easy and watching tv. The dogs are quiet and content. It's a good feeling. 
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Comment #4 posted by Toker00 on April 14, 2007 at 14:38:30 PT
Elvis has left the clinic.
He is resting right beside me in his bed. I know being kept in a strange place for two days was rough on him but the medicine has him breathing right. Like a lot of small breed dogs, he has Mitral Valve Disease, and it's advanced. He has never shown signs of this until recently, but has had a slight heart murmur all his life. Those valves simply aren't as strong in small dogs as they are in larger breeds. A Fact of Life.But we are gonna Rock down this old road together til we can't. We both understand. Three pills a day for one week, then one pill a day for the rest of his life. We can live with that.Thanks for the Links to the dog-food sites. We are going to try some from both sites. Uhm, He is. I'll let you know how he likes them.Thanks for your concern, C-Newsers. It helps tremendously.Peace, Love.Toke.
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Comment #3 posted by Toker00 on April 14, 2007 at 13:54:03 PT
Done deal, Mayan.
They need to hear from the People of this country. They need to know we don't need a Federal Nanny. We are all "growed up". Actually, we never did need them, but it took awhile for enough of us to realize that and figure out it was just about the Police State budget, not about the drugs.Please, everyone, post a comment at the Link mayan posted. Tell them they need to educate themselves about both drugs, and drug users. I told them they are not the DECIDERS. What will you guys tell them?Toke.
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on April 14, 2007 at 12:52:29 PT
I just stumbled across this...Alert: FDA Attempting to Regulate Supplements, Herbs and Juices as "Drugs":
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Comment #1 posted by Hope on April 14, 2007 at 07:54:56 PT
Montel Williams
Tuesday, the seventeenth, his show will be about living with MS.
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