MMJ: Panel in Wilton To Debate The Pros and Cons

MMJ: Panel in Wilton To Debate The Pros and Cons
Posted by CN Staff on November 23, 2007 at 09:33:05 PT
By Justin Reynolds
Source: Wilton Bulletin
Connecticut -- Although Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed a bill in support of medical marijuana a few weeks after it passed through the state Senate in June, the issue of prescribing cannabis to sick patients is one that’s not likely to go away any time soon. Because of this, the Wilton League of Women Voters is presenting a “hot topic” discussion on the subject.On Thursday, Nov. 29, the League of Women Voters and the Wilton Library are co-sponsoring a forum on medical marijuana. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Brubeck Room at the library.
“We have kind of a tradition in Wilton of providing programs that are interesting and maybe a little provocative,” said Carole Young-Kleinfeld, speaking on behalf of the league. In the past, the league has hosted forums on civil unions, immigration and the Patriot Act, she said.“The league really has no position on these topics,” she said. “They are topics we just think the public might be interested in hearing an interesting debate on, with both sides of the issue.” The panel includes State Rep. Toni Boucher, Republican of the 143rd District, and Michael Lawlor, Democrat of the 99th District, as well as oncologist Dr. Andrea Ruskin of Norwalk Hospital, and Dr. Seyed Aleali of St. Vincent’s Hospital, according to Ms. Young-Kleinfeld.Ms. Boucher supports Ms. Rell’s decision to veto the bill. “After exhaustive study and consultations with many state and national experts as well as cancer patients, I became increasing convinced that the argument that smoked marijuana is medically necessary is untrue,” Ms. Boucher wrote in her press release following Ms. Rell’s veto. “The facts just are not there.”Ms. Boucher said that there are alternatives for medical marijuana, such as painkillers, which offer similar benefits while not damaging the patient’s lungs. “There are no FDA-approved medications that are smoked,” Ms. Boucher wrote. “This is because it is a terrible way to deliver medicine of any kind. It is impossible to administer any regulated dosage this way.”Mr. Lawlor, however, believes that medical marijuana is an issue worthy of consideration.“I think it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to have something technically against the law when in reality the law is not enforced,” Mr. Lawlor said in a phone interview on Monday. “A lot of people use marijuana for medicinal purposes, but police don’t arrest them and prosecutors don’t prosecute” them, he said, adding that he believes medical marijuana should be legalized and regulated.Mr. Lawlor said that there’s a lot of interest in the subject, and that most people are in favor of it.“Just look at the public opinion polls,” he said. “It’s pretty clear.”Ms. Young-Kleinfeld is looking forward to the event. “I think it should be very interesting,” she said. After each speaker’s presentation, the audience will be able to ask questions.“I’m not sure what the questions will be,” Ms. Young-Kleinfeld said. “Will they come from parents concerned about teenagers? People who have had cancer themselves or have seen parents or relatives suffering from debilitating diseases?”The program is free of charge, and is open to the public. Advanced registration is suggested. Information: 762-3950 or Wilton Bulletin (CT)Author: Justin ReynoldsPublished: November 23, 2007Copyright: 2007 by Hersam Acorn NewspapersWebsite: Contact: newsroom Related Articles: Rell Vetoes Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana Marijuana Bill in Rell's Hand Marijuana Bill Wins OK
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Comment #19 posted by The GCW on November 24, 2007 at 21:35:09 PT
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Comment #18 posted by Sam Adams on November 24, 2007 at 17:19:24 PT
great job
Right on, League of Women Voters! They are a great organization, they are progressive and have endorsed MJ reform measures many times before.Kudos to them for "bringing it" right into the home of the med MJ bill's opponent. Now she'll have to speak her hateful lies right in the face of an oncologist who actually helps sick and dying people.
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Comment #17 posted by runruff on November 24, 2007 at 10:05:31 PT:
Ya know, there is still the little matter of hemp patents. Canada owns all hemp patents for the western hemisphere. Our federal bumblement will have to explain why they gave them to Canada in the Nafta trade agreement. That's one reason they ignore request to farm it.
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Comment #16 posted by ripit on November 24, 2007 at 06:05:02 PT:
its a good thing that they
are bringing this up but how can we be sure that the matter of smoked vs. vaped be brought up or the fact that all these so called safe meds will screw up your liver and kidneys not to metion being so damn highly addictive.
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Comment #15 posted by mayan on November 24, 2007 at 05:09:33 PT
Another One
Farmers sue to end hemp ban: story is making the rounds. These farmers are sure making the DEA look incredibly ignorant!
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on November 23, 2007 at 20:50:10 PT
You are set to go! I'm glad you liked it. Looking For a Leader really made me wake up and pay attention. It was a song that gave me hope.
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Comment #13 posted by runruff on November 23, 2007 at 20:45:22 PT:
Can do!
140 GB hard drive, 1012Mb RAM With DSL. It was an enjoyable
video to watch.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on November 23, 2007 at 19:06:58 PT
I don't know if you have a good connection to watch this video. Living With War by Neil Young was made when you weren't here and I love this song. Looking For a Leader Documentary*** Looking For a Leader: The Song
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Comment #11 posted by mayan on November 23, 2007 at 18:12:30 PT
During The Debate
There ought to be a buzzer that goes off every time the prohibitionists lie. They probably wouldn't get two words in!Tick,Tock...US Navy steps up fuel deliveries to Gulf forces:§ion=theworld&colTHE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...The New Inquisition Against 9/11 Truth: RAND Corporation Pen the Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act? Gage on Truth Revolution Radio: Change Final Cut Press Conference: Second Annual Boston Tea Party and Conference for 9/11 Truth! December 15,16: WAS AN INSIDE JOB - OUR NATION IS IN PERIL:
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on November 23, 2007 at 17:58:40 PT
I downloaded your documentary and loaned it to friends to see too. It was very good.
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Comment #9 posted by runruff on November 23, 2007 at 17:24:14 PT:
Doing right and wrong.
I've always been an idealist and a romantic. I believed in right and wrong. Justice. I remember what Davy Crocket said, "be sure you are right, then go ahead." I remember what Chief Joseph said, "you can't be right and get along, sometimes." Maybe not the most eloquent statements ever made but very true. When I made my humble production "Let My People Grow", I likened it to a snowball. If I push this little snowball off the side of the mountian it will pick-up speed and bulk as it rolls down the hill. I reasoned that nobody, at that time, was using the tech tools newly availabe to us to get the word out. I hoped that someone with more money and talent would be inspired and say "I can do a better job than that", and do it. I wanted to show the feds and the mainstrean media that they no longer had a monopoly on distributing information. I wanted to push the snowball off of the mountian. I think I did that. FoM has made huge inroads into the lies and misinformation that was once the national gospel for cannabis information. It is hard to measure how much damage we all here have done to their war on hemp/cannabis but I remember the prevailing national atitude during the Reagan/Bush era. The national monopoly they had on lies and propaganda. Now look at the post-peoples media era. That pesky ol' truth is just overwhelming their lies. Praise God!
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Comment #8 posted by runruff on November 23, 2007 at 16:43:15 PT:
I ment B.G.!
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Comment #7 posted by BGreen on November 23, 2007 at 16:41:37 PT
The feelings are mutual
I know I'm not the only one who wished there was something more we could do for you. We never forgot about you and never stopped talking about you. That's why I love so much. We are truly a caring family.Tri-Region Ballet Group AKA The Reverend Bud Green :)
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on November 23, 2007 at 16:27:38 PT:
My wife ask me to send many blessings to you and you wife. She said to tell you "peace". She will never forget and will always be greatful to you for your kindness and so will I. It was very uplifting for me to hear from you while I was in Gray Hell. I love being home. Everything is nice. I love all of you here at C/News. You were all above and beyond the call of expectation.
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Comment #5 posted by BGreen on November 23, 2007 at 16:05:18 PT
Yes, runruff, they have a new mantra
One of the prohibitionist speaking points they've adopted since they caged you is to always add "smoked" before any mention of cannabis. This mantra of "smoked marijuana" is repeated ad nauseum trying to extrapolate the dangers of tobacco smoking with cannabis, even though there is no proof whatsoever that smoking cannabis is any more harmful than breathing air pollution. They know that vaporization will completely destroy the last remnants of the "dangers" of cannabis which are no more than the byproducts of combustion.Their lies have grown even more desperate since they violated you, Mrs. Runruff and your human, civil and constitutional rights.BTW, say "Hi" for Mrs. Green and I to Mrs. Runruff. We talked a few times over the past couple of years and we wish you both the best.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on November 23, 2007 at 15:42:21 PT:
Same ol' misguided aguments.
Ms. Boucher, Limited knowlege, misunderstanding, willing to tell others what's right for them, how they should live. I've been sick of these idiots for a long time. One-you don' have to smoke it. Two-not all chemically concocted crap can do the same thing as cannabis. Three-cannabis is free. Four-it is an individual choice damn it! We do not live under biddy law. We are suppose to be living under a constitution that protects the individual from having to live by the misguided opinions of meddling morons.As for Gov. Rell, We will never really know what her opinion is as she will place federal funds above everything else and buckle to outside pressure from federal goons. This this the fed M.O.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 23, 2007 at 13:35:50 PT
That's sure a different idea. It's all too much for me to try to sort out. I think I'll keep it simple. LOL!
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Comment #2 posted by Dankhank on November 23, 2007 at 13:30:10 PT
Holiday cheer ...
this just popped up ...a much undiscussed possibility is discussed ... on earth would this do to the election ... if we had this pair running as independents?interesting ...
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 23, 2007 at 11:07:46 PT
Upcoming Program on HDNet
Dan Rather and Willie Nelson Sit Down for One-On-One ***DALLAS -- In a rare one-on-one interview, HDNet's Dan Rather will talk to country music legend Willie Nelson for the world premiere of "American Voices: A Conversation with Dan Rather and Willie Nelson."The interview will air Sunday, November 25 at 8:00 pm ET on HDNet. The program will also be shown at 11:00 pm ET to accommodate West Coast prime time.In the interview, shot at his ranch near Austin, TX, Nelson speaks candidly about his views on the war in Iraq, the controversial farm bill and the legalization of marijuana.Nelson also tells Rather that he opposes the farm bill -- currently at a stalemate in the Senate -- calling for an end to the enormous federal agricultural subsidies for farmers who are already wealthy. Despite his opposition to the bill, Nelson is unwavering in his commitment to helping family farmers keep their lands through his work with Farm Aid, the nonprofit organization he helped establish 22 years ago to raise awareness about the loss of small family farms.HDNet's special hour of "American Voices: A Conversation with Dan Rather and Willie Nelson" precedes the live high definition presentation of "Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival," at 9:00 pm ET, which was recorded live on September 9, 2007 at Randall's Island in New York City.Nelson is among the featured performers at Farm Aid 2007. The live concert will also include performances by Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews, who performed with Tim Reynolds, along with The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, Montgomery Gentry, and Danielle Evin.Copyright: 2007 WTVH-TV, a Granite Broadcasting Station
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