Medical Marijuana Gets Another Look

Medical Marijuana Gets Another Look
Posted by CN Staff on August 26, 2008 at 08:15:41 PT
By Suzanne Roig, Advertiser Staff Writer
Source: Honolulu Advertiser 
Hilo, Hawaii -- Despite Gov. Linda Lingle's veto of a measure that would have tightened gaps in Hawai'i's medical marijuana laws, state lawmakers vowed yesterday to reintroduce legislation in the upcoming 2009 session. "We had this bill to address problems with our law," said Rep. Joe Bertram III, D-11th (Makena, Wailea, Kihei). "Our state law is so vague that patients don't know how to get medical cannabis for legitimate use."
Lingle's veto of the bill last month left muddy issues that a task force would have aired: legal distribution, transportation and how federal and state laws interact, Bertram said.Bertram and Rep. John Mizuno, D-30th (Kamehameha Heights, Kalihi Valley, Fort Shafter), yesterday invited law enforcement officials, physicians, a law professor and members of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai'i to air their concerns that will be melded into bills for the upcoming legislative session that will begin in January.To be effective, a state law must remove criminal penalties for patients using or possessing medical marijuana, Bertram said.Patients and primary caregivers on an approved list are exempt from state law prohibiting marijuana possession, but not federal law.Hawai'i is one of 12 states that have laws allowing qualified patients to use marijuana. Today more than 4,000 patients are registered with the state Narcotics Enforcement Division and are allowed to legally grow and use the drug.Hawai'i was the first state to allow medical use of marijuana by a law enacted in 2000. Snipped   Complete Article: Honolulu Advertiser (HI)Author: Suzanne Roig, Advertiser Staff Writer Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 Copyright: 2008 The Honolulu AdvertiserWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on August 26, 2008 at 15:03:30 PT
nuevo mexican
I watched the whole night on C-Span. I enjoyed it all. The music was good and what can I say about Senator Kennedy, Michelle Obama and the two girls. What a stunning family. 
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Comment #4 posted by nuevo mexican on August 26, 2008 at 14:48:59 PT
Thanks dankhank for being there!
After driving across the U.S. recently, including Colorado, I am as hesitant as anybody else to drive to Denver, the official police state of the U.S. as of right now, with the dark forces sowing their seeds of fear everywhere, if you can't feel it, you will soon. A warm up for martial law? You bet!Oh, and those white supremacist going after Obama, we were just joking, they weren't REALLY going to do anything. (that the cops wouldn't approve of). End of story, into the memory hole. Glad you haven't been maced, or dude, like tasered! No badges or identification on the goon squads uniforms either, illegal, though there is NO law when the lawmakers make it clear that they respect NO law if it is applied to them.Plus, the Democrats have vowed NOT to hold anyone accountable, as Nancy says, 'it's off the table', go for it George and Dick, we will back you up! (We should all move to SanFran and help Cindy Sheehan, a true American hero elected to her seat, THAT would be what we THOUGHT we were getting when Nancy Pelosi was elected, NOT!Election years are the worst for self-expression, free speech, and protesting, as it is the most important time to do so. It makes a huge difference, and I thank codepink everyday that they stand up for what's left, while the sheeple bleat, and bah about.And you too FOM, for your labor of love! And love of information, that always makes C-News the first place I go.I wimped out on going to Denver, due to bills accruing while taking care of my mom, well worth the setback, except that I'm not up there with you! Doing my best while in absentia!FOM, Michelle Obama was incredible last night, the spin doctors wouldn't want to let anyone in on the good vibes, the articulation, the positivity, and her wonderful visage gracing my creepy tee vee that generally pollutes the atmosphere, if it is on CNN, or MSNBC.Unless you watched it all on C-span, which I hope you all did.I have more hope today than yesterday, it goes up and down, 
though the media has made it clear that they will never let us have an epiphanous moment NO MATTER WHAT!The pundits were sooooo far right, and such major tools I could vomit, so let's go after the media, as they carry the water for the neo-cons, and the goon squads.Even people that work at CNN don't know how it got so right-wing, and are telling her they wish Randi was on their network, and are as ashamed as we are of what we are fed as news, when it is just spin, spin and more spin.I'm not sure why I'm even faithful, I just am, though my disgust runs deep, and it is hard to stay above the fray!I also had a great conversation with a European yesterday, and we are putting our heads together to initiate a new approach to discussing our differences, (the chem trails down here are working, people seem dumber than ever) while focusing on what we have in common, and since he's not an American, he has a different perspective, and alot to offer.I feel his input is desperately needed, as we are so insulated from the outside world, who insist that Obama MUST be elected, or we will be seen as okay with bush/mccain/war/police state ism, and the world will have to unite against the U.S. and we become victims of our own governments actions, and victims of doing nothing to stop it. Must be how the Iraqi people feel, the Afghans, and if we don't stand up soon, Iran.Check our Randi, she's the best, next to Rachael Maddow, Amy Goodman and Keith Oberman! She's is in Denver, at the Convention, at Gov. Don Siegelman just sat down to give her the scoop on rove, and how he is going to get away with everything, unless we DO something.
Please listen, we will all feel better when we can hear someone voice our
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on August 26, 2008 at 14:28:51 PT
That sounds wonderful. Bring back lots of memories to share with us please!
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Comment #2 posted by Dankhank on August 26, 2008 at 13:52:39 PT
High from Denver
Just heard and saw Darryl Hannah speak at a rally here in Downtown Denver.Lot's of lovely people here trying to show the way to a safer, saner country.SAFER rally Thursday, 2:00pm starting from Lincoln Park and marching to the Capital. SAFER booth I just went to says they have permits and don't anticipate trouble. Guess we'll see.The sixteenth street mall in Dwntwn Denver is abuzz with an amazing diversity of people.Got some food from some Rainbow folks, "Docs Place," they call themselves.Participated in an anti-war march on Sunday, missed the one that got busted last night.Nice and cool here in the library with free wifi, got another 30 minutes before I have to go feed the parking meter, again.Sure wish half a mill of folks or so would have done what I did, just up and drive to Denver ... coulda been a major hoot.Peace, out ...
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Comment #1 posted by mykeyb420 on August 26, 2008 at 11:32:33 PT
afghan opium
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Drought and anti-drug campaigns helped slash Afghanistan's opium poppy cultivation by 19 percent this year compared to 2007, but the country is still far and away the world's leading source of the heroin-producing crop, the U.N. said Tuesday.The amount of opium poppy under cultivation has dropped nearly 20 percent in the past year. Successful anti-poppy campaigns in the country's north and east were mainly to thank for the drop in production but fields in the south -- where the Taliban insurgency is strongest -- remain awash in poppies, which provide the main ingredient for heroin, a U.N. report said.And because of a rise in yield, opium production this year will fall only 6 percent compared with last year's record haul and the Taliban stand to again earn tens of millions of dollars from the drug trade.Still, the U.N. and other drug officials said this year's results provided reason to be cautiously optimistic."The opium flood waters in Afghanistan have started to recede," the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said in its report, Afghanistan Opium Survey 2008.Last year opium farmers cultivated 476,903 acres; this year they cultivated 388,000 acres.Helmand province -- the country's most violent region -- accounted for some 66 percent of the crop by itself. Farmers there cultivated 254,513 acres, up 1 percent from last year. If Helmand province alone were a country, it would be the world's largest producer of opium.The number of opium-free provinces rose from 13 to 18 after extensive anti-drug efforts in the north and east. Anti-drug officials were particularly proud that Nangarhar -- last year's second highest-producing opium province -- was free of the drug this year.Don't Miss
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"This is a remarkable accomplishment, the first time it happens in the country's modern history," the drug report said.The UNODC said the country's anti-poppy successes could be attributed to good local governance and drought, which hurt poppy growth in the north and east.The U.N. also warned that the government could not let cannabis -- the precursor to marijuana that is growing in popularity here among farmers -- replace opium. It also said the country needs a better justice system to prosecute traffickers, landowners and corrupt government officials who turn a blind eye to the drug trade."Until they all face the full force of the law, the opium economy will continue to prosper with impunity, and the Taliban will continue to profit from it," the UNODC said.It also said the world has a surplus of opium hidden in storage.The price of fresh opium at harvest dropped 20 percent, from $86 per kilogram to $70, the UNODC said. The value at harvest of all of Afghanistan's opium crop dropped from $1 billion in 2007 to $732 million this year. The overall value of the crop rises two to four times once it hits the streets from Iran and Pakistan to Europe.Potential opium production from this year's crop is 8,487 tons, down from 9,038 tons in 2007.Eradication -- where Afghan anti-drug police slash opium crops -- dropped to 13,590 acres this year. Afghan officials eradicated 46,949 acres last year. Its down 19% this year after rising 500% in the past decade. this is news???
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