Plan Is To Implement Safe, Effective Program

Plan Is To Implement Safe, Effective Program
Posted by CN Staff on November 30, 2007 at 08:25:33 PT
By Rep. Sherry Jones
Source: Tennessean
Nashville, TN -- Have you ever had a friend or loved one who was being treated for cancer, and the medicine prescribed by their doctor simply did not help relieve the constant nausea or pain?Have you ever known a family member or friend in chronic pain due to bone degeneration, diabetes or neuropathy? Have you known anyone who has suffered from Crohn's disease, glaucoma, MS, convulsions, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, severe spasms, AIDS, arthritis, epilepsy, Parkinson's or anorexia?
There is a natural remedy used by many civilizations for more than 5,000 years, that was a significant part of our country's medical profession until 1937. Canada, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Israel have all concluded that, unlike many prescription drugs, this medicine provides significant medical benefits with virtually no side effect. The Medical College of Virginia in 1975 concluded this medicine is a powerful tumor fighter and has been confirmed by scientists in many other countries. This wonder drug is cannabis. You may know it as marijuana.In the 1980s, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation allowing physicians to prescribe marijuana to certain patients suffering from serious and debilitating diseases and conditions. In the 1990s, the program was disbanded only because the federal government decided to no longer supply medical marijuana to states; yet, the same federal government continues to supply marijuana to "approved" patients nationwide. Convincing TestimonyThe House Health and Human Resources Committee recently heard testimony on re-establishment of a marijuana program in Tennessee. It was extremely informative. For example, a synthetic drug was engineered in the 1980s that contained only one of the principal ingredients in marijuana, THC, in capsule form to help with a variety of serious conditions. A physician who testified against using marijuana in its natural form admitted, nonetheless, that marijuana DID work and that a prescription for the THC pill would cost an average patient $700 per month. People who testified for allowing a doctor to prescribe marijuana stated they, their spouses or friends had received significant relief by using very little natural marijuana. Snipped:Complete Article: fight_4_freedom Source: Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN)Author: Rep. Sherry Jones Published: November 30, 2007Copyright: 2007 The TennesseanContact: letters tennessean.comWebsite: Articles:Allow MJ To Serve a Purpose and Ease Suffering Hash Out Medical Marijuana Proposal Debated in Legislative Committee
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Comment #14 posted by John Tyler on December 01, 2007 at 21:31:56 PT
what is just as good?
Have you ever noticed that when the medical marijuana issue comes up in legislation the prohibitionists roll out the same lame arguments of untested, unsafe, too weedy, and there are better pills and shots available, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah? They say there is stuff available to alleviate, nausea, elevate the mood, increase appetite, increase restfulness, all nice things if you are feeling really bad. However, they never say what they are. If they are available, and why they are not bring used already. People that are suffering are turning to cannabis because the pills and shots their doctors are giving aren’t doing enough to relieve their aforementioned suffering. If there is something else available that is just as good, what is it, and why isn’t it being used already? If some pharmaceutical company came up with a pill that could do half of what cannabis can do it would be touted all over the media as a huge medical break through. Oh yeah, there is a super expensive THC capsule, but most people that have used prefer the real thing.  
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Comment #13 posted by mayan on December 01, 2007 at 05:08:05 PT
More Misc.
O Cannabis! War on drugs seen as flawed echo of U.S.: Nelson Risks Jail For 'High Times' Pot Cover: COW...US Roman Catholic Bishop: 9/11 was inside job: Appeal Denied: FBI Again Refuses To Confirm Identity Of 9/11 Planes:, Conflicting Reports, Cover-Up's - Location of American 77 Flight Data Recorder - Part II: Ray Griffin v. George Monbiot -- 11-29-2007:
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Comment #12 posted by mayan on November 30, 2007 at 18:22:10 PT
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on November 30, 2007 at 17:22:22 PT
Another Article from The Tennessean
Bill Offers Slippery Slope To Drug AbuseBy David FowlerNovember 30, 2007Nashville, TN -- Seventeen years ago, my 61-year-old mother died of cancer. I saw her suffer. So, for me the issue of smoking marijuana for "medicinal" purposes is not a purely clinical and impersonal issue.But compassion for the sick and dying is not the real issue. It is about allowing our compassion to be manipulated by those with a larger agenda — legalization of marijuana and even other illegal drugs. 
I do not say this to cast aspersions upon my former legislative colleagues backing this bill. I don't believe they intend to encourage the general legalization of marijuana. But if we start down this road, intent does not determine our final destination.Others, including the FDA and the American Medical Association, have made the case that marijuana is not considered modern medicine. Further, there are credible alternatives and scientific research is continuing. Our part-time, bi-vocational legislators are not superior to the FDA in determining what constitutes a real and effective drug.So, I ask you to consider the implications for exacerbating the problems of our already drug-saturated culture.Snipped: Complete Article:
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on November 30, 2007 at 16:08:06 PT
Here Are Two Articles 
NYT: Court Orders Police To Return Marijuana***Court To City: Return Pot User's Stash
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Comment #9 posted by fight_4_freedom on November 30, 2007 at 16:01:38 PT:
Good Poll Results
 The state Supreme Court is considering a case of a man who uses medical marijuana to ease his back pain and was fired from his job after testing positive for the drug. Employers say they could be liable for the actions of employees who use marijuana for medical purposes. Employees with medical marijuana prescriptions say they should be protected from termination.This week's Los Angeles Business poll asked: Should employers have the right to fire employees with prescriptions of medical marijuana?A majority of respondents said "no," here's how the voting broke down: 
  *  72 percent -- No, the state's voters approved marijuana use for medical purposes and employees with prescriptions for the drug should be protected in the workplace
  * 18 percent -- Yes, marijuana creates a legal problem for employers and a safety risk for customers and fellow workers
  * 9 percent -- Not sure
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Comment #8 posted by fight_4_freedom on November 30, 2007 at 11:28:02 PT:
Here's a link to the 
official MPP challenge website. www.medicalmarijuanaworks.orgHope- You are soo right here. They'll act like they're above this whole thing and just completely brush it aside. Let's just hope this gets a lot of media attention to make up for them being too cowardly to admit their mistakes.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on November 30, 2007 at 11:05:18 PT
They'll stick their noses in the air and refuse to respond... but the power of a wooden puppet character's adventures, that most of us are familiar with, will clarify that stance.They'll refuse... but the question will get some truthful notice.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on November 30, 2007 at 11:00:56 PT
"In a ruling that rejects law enforcement’s claim that federal law preempts the state’s medical marijuana law, the court asserted “we do not believe the federal drug laws supersede or preempt Kha’s right to the return of his property.” The court further stated that, “it is not the job of the local police to enforce the federal drug laws…” It hasn't been in any media?It's actually quite stunning news. Maybe they Should headline with "Stunning News". Or "Stunning Court Decision" or "State Authorities Stunned at Judge's Ruling".When? In a month or two?Guess everybody's so stunned they can't even report it.
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Comment #5 posted by fight_4_freedom on November 30, 2007 at 10:19:16 PT:
I LOVE IT!!!!!
MPP to Offer Giuliani, Romney, McCain $10,000 to Prove Statements on Medical MarijuanaNovember 30, 2007
BABYLON, NEW YORK — On Monday, Dec. 3, the Marijuana Policy Project and two New Hampshire patients will challenge presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney to back up their statements regarding medical marijuana with scientific evidence. The challenge will be announced at a Manchester press conference featuring a mobile billboard with images of the three candidates bearing Pinocchio noses. The exact time and location of the news conference will be announced Monday morning.In response to questions asked by medical marijuana patients and supporters, Giuliani, McCain and Romney have all claimed that medical marijuana is either not needed or “too dangerous” for medical use. The MPP Medical Marijuana PAC will offer the maximum $10,000 contribution ($5,000 for the primary campaign, $5,000 for the general election) to any of the candidates who can prove that their claims are true.WHAT: Press conference to announce MPP’s $10,000 presidential challenge.WHO: Medical marijuana patients Clayton Holton and Linda Macia; Stuart Cooper, campaign manager, Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana.WHEN/WHERE: Manchester. Exact time and location to be announced Monday morning, at least 2 hours before the event.With more than 23,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit CONTACT:Bruce Mirken,
MPP director of communications
415-668-6403 or 202-215-4205
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Comment #4 posted by mykeyb420 on November 30, 2007 at 09:57:51 PT
I am suprised that we have not seen more of this article in the news. It is about the end to local police and state officials and federal law. The court said it is NOT the job or duty to enforce federal laws,,only the laws of California
courts hand us a victory,,nobody seem excited..
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on November 30, 2007 at 09:23:54 PT
In case You missed it... some fun...
No Bibles in hotel rooms?Boulder’s very own St. Julien Hotel & Spa made the papers recently when they decided to remove the Bibles from their rooms. Christian groups around the country have become increasingly upset with this growing trend among upscale establishments. In particular, they are concerned that many hotels are now offering “intimacy kits” but not Bibles.We at Boulder Weekly understand their concern. This is a disturbing development that could be potentially dangerous in the future. For instance, let’s say you decided to travel to Pensacola, Fla., where you checked into a nice hotel room with your wife/husband/lover/lover’s sister/second cousin/etc. and things started to get a little “steamy.” In this particular scenario, an intimacy kit would come in extremely handy. However, what if during the middle of your extra curricular activities you were suddenly attacked by a vampire?Oh, no! Frantically, you look around for a sacred item with which to repel the undead beast. But, lo, where is the Holy Scripture? It’s nowhere to be found. Good grief. Now, you’re lying on your bed with two puncture wounds in your throat and a used condom from your useless intimacy kit stuck to your forehead. How embarrassing! 
Thanks a lot, St. Julien. -0-Fertilized eggs ungratefulAnti-abortion advocates in Colorado are attempting to pass an initiative that would grant “personhood” to fertilized eggs, giving them the same rights as human beings. December marks the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and similar campaigns are expected to be initiated across the country. In order to get the measure on the ballot, anti-abortion advocates need 76,000 signatures in the next six months.This would be a difficult task for any group, but it promises to be particularly arduous for the anti-abortionists considering the fact that not a single fertilized egg has signed up to help with the project. Anti-abortionists do not know why there is such a lack of commitment among fertilized eggs, but they are not allowing their negative attitudes to put a damper on the spirit of the movement. Boulder Weekly was able to obtain an exclusive interview with an egg that had been recently fertilized by one of our staff members. The egg did not wish to disclose its name — primarily because it doesn’t have one yet — therefore, for the purposes of this interview, we will call it Eggy McFertile.BW: Hey, Eggy. What’s the deal? Don’t you want to be a “person”?EM: Whatever, dude. I’m tired of everybody trying to label fertilized eggs. Some journalists are calling us New-Wave-people, others are saying we’re indie-humans. I don’t know what it all means. Right now, I’m just trying to gestate the best that I can. BW: That sounds kind of selfish, Eggy. EM: I don’t even have arms yet, a-hole. What do you want from me?
It’s fairly obvious that these eggs, fertilized or not, are extremely immature and sort of rude. It’s quite possible that they are not ready for the responsibilities of “personhood” just yet. Especially Eggy, that ungrateful bastard. -0-John Ashcroft rubber, CU Students glueFormer Attorney General John Ashcroft visited CU on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to deliver a talk on U.S. security. However, much of his speech was drowned out by protesters, who constantly interrupted the presentation. Ashcroft responded to these hecklers by insinuating that they needed “medical attention” and asking why they even showed up if they didn’t want to learn anything.Afterward, in the parking lot, the banter continued. CU students told Ashcroft that his mother was so fat that she had to get baptized at Sea World. Ashcroft responded quickly by telling CU students that their mothers were so stupid that they stared at a carton of orange juice for three hours because it said “concentrate.” These comments were proceeded by a series of raspberries and nanny-nanny-boo-boos.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 30, 2007 at 08:38:25 PT
Thank You Rep. Sherry Jones
I really appreciate your article.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 30, 2007 at 08:33:17 PT
Counter Point From The Tennessean
There are Legal Drugs That Better Relieve Nausea, PainBy Kent C. Shih, MD MarNovember 30, 2007Nashville, TN -- In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration issued a report stating that there are "no sound scientific studies supporting the medical use of marijuana ... and no data to support the safety of marijuana."The American Medical Association has recommended that marijuana be retained as a Schedule I controlled substance which is a drug that has high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use, and has a lack of acceptable safety. Even former Sen. Bill Frist has weighed in on the matter, stating "based on current evidence, I believe that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that there are less dangerous medicines offering the same relief from pain and other medical symptoms." 
What the FDA, AMA and many physicians including Frist are saying is that marijuana is not better than current FDA-approved drugs, and is not safe. Is this really true? Yes. Studies indicate that we have better drugs for nausea, appetite and pain.Even in the worst of chemotherapy regimens, oncologists can control up to 90 percent of vomiting with anti-nausea drugs without any need of "rescue medicines." With the institution of FDA-approved rescue medicines, oncologists can get nearly 100 percent control of nausea and vomiting. Furthermore, hormone-related treatments have been shown to be better than marijuana for appetite stimulation, and marijuana has the pain-relief ability equal to codeine; i.e., we have much better pain medicines than marijuana.Snipped:Complete Article: Reader's Views:
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