Marijuana Bill Nears House Vote

  Marijuana Bill Nears House Vote

Posted by CN Staff on April 10, 2008 at 08:11:22 PT
By Don Davis, Minn. State Capitol Bureau Chief 
Source: Hastings Starr Gazette 

Minnesota  --  More than 10,000 seriously ill Minnesotans could control pain with marijuana legally if a bill headed to the full House becomes law. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 13-4, with 12 members absent, Wednesday to advance the measure. But Gov. Tim Pawlenty is likely to veto it if the House passes the measure. “Gov. Pawlenty stands with law enforcement in opposition to this bill,” Pawlenty spokesman Brian McClung said. Even if the bill faces a veto, sponsor Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, said it is important to pass it as a message to Minnesotans.
The issue has arisen several times over the years, but has failed to pass the House. It passed the Senate last year, so if the House passes the measure – as Huntley expects – it heads directly to Pawlenty.Many legislative committees heard testimony last year, so none was accepted on Wednesday.Huntley said there are two changes from a year ago. One is that the College of American Physicians has endorsed medical marijuana use.The other change, he said, is that “some of the people who testified last year have died.”The bill allows doctors to approve marijuana use to reduce chronic pain. Patients could have up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana at any one time.If the bill became law, state officials predict at least 10,000 Minnesotans would use marijuana.Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion, a Pawlenty appointee, said in an interview that medical marijuana decisions should be made by the federal Food and Drug Administration, which approves other drugs.“The Legislature is going to replace this process,” Campion said. “It doesn’t make sense.”“How do you regulate it?” he asked. “Who tests it?”A dozen other states allow medical marijuana use, and Neal Levine of the Medical Marijuana Policy Project said it is important to those with chronic pain.“The states are trying to protect their own citizens because the federal government arrests sick people,” Levine said.Federal authorities have arrested people using marijuana for medical reasons, citing laws outlawing the practice.“The overwhelming majority of the public supports it,” Huntley added.Source: Hastings Starr Gazette (MN)Author: Don Davis, Minn. State Capitol Bureau ChiefPublished Thursday, April 10, 2008Copyright: 2008 Forum Communications Co.Contact: news Website: Articles & Web Site:Marijuana Policy Project Marijuana: A Politically Risky Vote? Marijuana Bill On Its Way To House Vote 

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Comment #14 posted by FoM on April 14, 2008 at 05:57:44 PT
You got mail.
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Comment #13 posted by afterburner on April 13, 2008 at 22:12:39 PT
Is your email working?
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Comment #12 posted by afterburner on April 13, 2008 at 22:10:18 PT
Injun Joe
Another link about Clinton/Obama MM views:Clinton and Obama's Positions on Medical Marijuana Aren't Good Enough.
Posted in Chronicle Blog by Scott Morgan on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 3:14am
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on April 13, 2008 at 21:30:13 PT
Injun Joe
Maybe this link will answer your question.
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Comment #10 posted by INJUN_JOE on April 13, 2008 at 20:51:37 PT:
The canidates an MM
What are Hillary's views on MM I have not seen anything from any of the canidates on this. Am I just missing it?
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Comment #9 posted by OverwhelmSam on April 12, 2008 at 04:15:29 PT
Message To The Children
Dear children, there is nothing wrong with an adult using marijuana responsibly.In retrospect, I would rather experimenting teenagers try marijuana, than the currently legal drugs... alcohol or tobacco. 
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Comment #8 posted by ekim on April 10, 2008 at 19:59:39 PT
speaking of lawsuits did anyone see Lou
Mr Dobbs was beside himself tonight -- seems that people at two different companys got fired for having legal guns in the trunk of there cars at work only to be found out by drug squads.they did not win there lawsuit-- lou was loosin it-earth to lou take another poll on if the people want to end the drug war and this time when they say yes --Belive Them-
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Comment #7 posted by paulpeterson on April 10, 2008 at 14:00:58 PT
Illinois has a 35 year old MM law, and still bust
An Illinois guy with RA got popped with 79 plants in Normal.The County Attorney was pissed when he got 2 years probation. But he used it for the pain of Rheum. Arthritis.So why should the prosecutor be pissed?These LEO's have no compassion at all.Why, even here in little Storm Lake, Iowa, my own good buddy, Dave Patton, who used to have the nicest two foot red bong, filled with the best red bud you ever did taste, that I helped get in as county attorney, in 2006, FLIPPED RIGHT AWAY, AND IS PROSECUTING ME FOR ATTENDING A CHURCH SERVICE, FOR GOD'S SAKE!So, in addition to suing the local police for a whole list of evidence, conspiracy & perjury crimes, I NAMED HIM AND HIS BAND OF GYPSIES.The federal judge dismissed out all the prosecutors, citing a "absolute immunity" policy put in in 1976 by the US Supreme Court in "Imbler v. Pachtman".However, these local prosecutors have, for so long, been so heinous, that they have commingled their offices (ie: two brothers, same law office, one a "county" and the other a "city" prosecutor), another assistant actually having her county attorney office in the CITY POLICE STATION and referring a divorce client to the same doctor she sent me for a commitment to "goon me", and my own friend, DAVE PATTON, that represents my WIFE, to gain child support, is also now PROSECUTING ME, meaning he and they have BLOWN THEIR INDEPENDENCE & "FREEDOM" OF DISCRETION, SO FULLY, by such conflicts, that they should LOSE IMMUNITY for committing perjury, and that's that.At least according to the cases cited by the federal magistrate. Of course, just 3/26/08, he ruled that I can STILL MAINTAIN a whole laundry list of some 14 categories of police crimes against the "STORM LAKE 6", Chief "Pope" Prosser, City Administrator Patti the "Mol" Moore, Deputy Chief "Snakes" Todd Erskine, "Rodeo" Ray Eickholt, Joey the "Spear" Speers & "Kid Crisco" Cole, and yes, I named them all.And just 3/24/08, Paul Havens, the "City mouse" gave me a letter admitting he wasn't acting as a "prosecutor", meaning he lost immunity, and of course, I got his little brother I call "Toto", bounced out of office in 2006, and he suborned perjury, etc. (and their little "racket" of City Mouse living with the County Mouse, should break any immunity they might still have).Of course, the big thing here is that with this big of a pattern of lost immunity, I might just be able to make case law here, just in time for the MIKE NIFONG CASE, down yonder in North Carolina, so I can help establish national precedent for blowing this absolute immunity racket right out of the law books, like washing that "ring around the collar", just like on wash day, folks, to get rid of "Blue Mondays" forever, so these crookers (rhyme it with "hookers" maybe) will have to do their jobs honestly, instead of being able to live with perjury all week long, eh?And of course, I always like to see action happening, right up North of Iowa, up there where Norwegian bachelor still go to town on Saturdays, for prayer meetings, if Garrison is still in action, that is, eh folks?I'm done now, but thanks for listening. PAUL PETERSON, still got a $30 Million lawsuit against the "Storm Lake 6", hoping to add that City Mouse in for a 7th, eh?
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 10, 2008 at 12:48:14 PT
Thank you. Parents should guide their children not the government. 
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on April 10, 2008 at 12:29:34 PT:

Well put!
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 10, 2008 at 11:30:16 PT

What About The Children
Most people love children. They are a gift and should be cherished. The children come about by a union between a woman and a man and then they have the responsibility to raise their gift in an honest and guiding manner. Look at all the different cultures in the world and how different they are. I appreciate that we aren't all the same. That keeps life interesting. The problem is when a child's rights destroy the rights of adults then it requires much deeper thinking. We should do no harm and I understand that but if marijuana was legal and controlled it would be much harder for a minor to get just like it is for alcohol and tobacco.
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on April 10, 2008 at 10:56:51 PT:

The children! Won't somebody please think of the children?What about the CHILDREN? Oooooooooh!!!!!Oops! Sorryabout the sarcasm. Sometimes it just slips out.
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on April 10, 2008 at 09:40:32 PT

LEO- conflist of interest
Law enforcement has a conflict of interest in this issue anyway. They should recuse themselves from the debate as they have a financial stake in maintaining cannabis prohibition.The seize assets $$$, they receive funding tied to cannabis prohibition $$$, they profit greatly from the current situation. They earn profit on the backs of seriously ill citizens desperately seeking relief. They also profit on the backs of rational, free thinking citizens who assert their right as adult individuals choose to use cannabis....whatever the reason.These law enforcement officers want the money, show them the money. Of course they are against reforming these ridiculous cannabis laws. Think of the children ($$$$$).
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Comment #1 posted by kaptinemo on April 10, 2008 at 09:26:23 PT:

Some folks needs to be reminded 
who their paymasters are.“Gov. Pawlenty stands with law enforcement in opposition to this bill,” Pawlenty spokesman Brian McClung said.Oh really?, and who, pray tell, pays the salaries of both the Guv'nor and the Boys in Blue?One hint: “The overwhelming majority of the public supports it,” Huntley added. (Emphasis mine - k.)Election time is coming. The Guv'nor may be forced to remember the hard way that the (very few) people who are standing with him on this issue, are, like himself, paid from public taxes. That money isn't magical manna from Heaven. It came out of the taxpayer's pockets. And they don't like having pols tell them, in essence, that their voices don't count. The Guv'nor may soon learn what it's like to be he should for his ignorance and arrogance.
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