Medical Marijuana Group Plans Ad Campaign

Medical Marijuana Group Plans Ad Campaign
Posted by CN Staff on April 29, 2008 at 19:42:43 PT
By Mark Brunswick, Star Tribune
Source: Star-Tribune 
Minnesota -- A group advocating a medical marijuana bill in Minnesota said Tuesday that it will run ads to counter what it says are false law-enforcement arguments against the measure.The group, the Marijuana Policy Project, said three ads will be posted on the Internet and a fourth will run on television statewide. They are designed to allay fears that medical marijuana increases youth access to marijuana, that there is no proven medical value to using medical marijuana, and that there is no support in the medical community for medical marijuana.
"You have certain aspects of the law-enforcement community who are vocally advocating against this bill. We hear certain legislators and the governor's office saying they are not inclined to support his bill based on the words of law enforcement. So we thought it was important to see what law enforcement is saying," said Neal Levine, state director of the group.Law enforcement officials such as Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion have consistently testified against medical marijuana measures, raising concerns about the medical value of the drug and whether a bill opening up its use would be subject to abuse.The TV ad features an Ely, Minn., resident, K.K. Forss, who has used marijuana illegally to combat chronic pain caused by a ruptured disk and nerve damage from subsequent surgeries. When he has used marijuana, obtained from friends, muscle spasms were alleviated and he has been able to sleep, he said. It has taken away the side effects of other medications, he said.A bill that would allow some patients in Minnesota to use medical marijuana has been resurrected this year and awaits a floor vote, which has yet to be scheduled. The bill would not legalize marijuana. But it would allow patients who qualify to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and to receive similar amounts on a regular basis from groups set up to dispense the drug. The measure passed the Minnesota Senate last year but did not receive a House vote.Echoing concerns from law enforcement, Gov. Tim Pawlenty has said he is not inclined to support the bill.Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN) Author: Mark Brunswick, Star TribunePublished: April 29, 2008Copyright: 2008 Star Tribune Contact: opinion Website: Articles & Web Site:Marijuana Policy Project Tailored Bill Would Provide Help Room in Minnesota for Medical Marijuana
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on April 30, 2008 at 12:11:49 PT:
Hey, that survey cheats!!!
Every time I vote it bring the number down. LoL!
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on April 30, 2008 at 09:39:57 PT
Cyber survery at Detroit News.
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on April 29, 2008 at 23:36:41 PT:
Don't mess with my money pot, Jack!
The LEOs never had it so good as they do under cannabis prohibition and they more than anyone know it!With fat budgets and perks up the ying yang, prohibition has made crooks out of them.Why, with asset forfeiture they even get to commit legal robbery.Sam, what you said would be a good start but I won't hold my breath.
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Comment #2 posted by OverwhelmSam on April 29, 2008 at 20:24:41 PT
Police - Public Enemy Number One
No one trusts the police anymore, not even the prosecutors and judges. How can you trust someone who is authorized to LIE to you? And if that's not enough, they will taze you Bro! They will beat you, destory your property, deny your rights and they will pull out there gun and kill you. I'm not paranoid, I'm just a realist. We definately need a Police Brutality Act in Congress. Overturning immunity for government officials, judges, prosecutors and police would be a good step in the right direction too. We didn't start the war, but we'll end it. 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on April 29, 2008 at 20:01:17 PT
I do not trust police.
The law-enforcement community and their unions is full of liars.
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