Officials Ask Voters To Nix Pot Proposal

Officials Ask Voters To Nix Pot Proposal
Posted by CN Staff on October 16, 2008 at 06:51:53 PT
By Mike Martindale, The Detroit News
Source: Detroit News
Southfield, MI -- Several law enforcement officials joined U.S. drug czar John Walters on Wednesday and urged Michigan voters to say "no" to Proposal 1, the issue on the November ballot that would permit use of marijuana for medical reasons.Walters, a Michigan native, said proponents are using photographs of people in wheelchairs to appeal to the public's sympathy.
"The marijuana lobby is trying to pull a con on Michigan voters," Walters said. "This would be bad for public health and for public safety."It will result in the wide distribution of marijuana under the guise of medicine," Walters said. "This is not about medicine. This is about legalizing marijuana. ... Don't let them use Michigan as a social experiment."Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard was among those who gathered at the Southfield Public Library to voice opposition to the proposal, which public opinion polls in the state show is supported by from 59 percent to 67 percent of likely voters."Proposal 1 is bad medicine," said Bouchard.Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney David Gorcyca said the ballot language "is vague, presents loopholes and will result in dangerous consequences for our children."Marijuana is permitted in these states for medical reasons: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.Diane Byrum of the Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care said critics of the proposal are distorting facts and using scare tactics on voters."This is a compassionate proposal which will help people with cancer, HIV/AIDS and other painful illnesses," Byrum said. "The California law was very vague, whereas the Michigan proposal addresses many of these concerns."Source: Detroit News (MI)Author: Mike Martindale, The Detroit NewsPublished: Thursday, October 16, 2008Copyright: 2008 The Detroit News Contact: letters Website: Related Articles & Web Site: Stop Arresting Patients 'Drug Czar' Criticizes Prop 1 in Lansing's Immoral To Not Vote 'Yes' on One
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Comment #11 posted by freewillks on October 17, 2008 at 21:29:45 PT
Johny P Walters
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. 
Thomas Jefferson 
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on October 17, 2008 at 15:38:52 PT
Yes, Observer and thank you.
I did see that this morning. They ought to learn something from that... but they'll probably refuse to, as is their usual tact when getting information and advice.
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Comment #9 posted by observer on October 17, 2008 at 15:16:45 PT
Anti-Pot Ads Backfire, Again
Anyone see this?
National Anti-Drug Campaign Found IneffectivePHILADELPHIA, Oct. 17 -- A federally funded anti-drug media campaign during the first half of the decade did little to curb teen marijuana use, and may have increased it, researchers here found. 
And, in words of Gomer Pyle, "Surprise, surprise!"
In a surprising finding, the researchers said, exposure to anti-drug advertising during the third round of interviews was associated with the initiation of marijuana use in round four (P{0.05).
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on October 16, 2008 at 23:15:36 PT
Thirty something comments do not a 
tidal wave make. I realize. And all the comments aren't positive or bright. But a lot are... and it's USA Today and it's not just there. It's happening all over the place, it seems to me like.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on October 16, 2008 at 22:15:02 PT
Poll blog USA Today comments
Reading these comments I'm having an amazing feeling. know how we've kept on and kept on for years. Plodding. Trying to encourage each other to not give up. To not give up in anger and frustration and sheer grief. We've pleaded among each other from time to time to not hate and encouraged each other to fight peacefully.... with votes and words and actions were we can.Reading these comments... I'm thinking we're not plodding uphill anymore. I think something way good is happening here that is beyond the many "One step forward and two steps back" situations we've often found ourselves in over the years.Looking at these comments.... I think we might be rolling! Can it be that we're really riding a real tidal wave of public opinion... finally? There are more and more people speaking up every day... and speaking well.Hallelujah!
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Comment #6 posted by gloovins on October 16, 2008 at 20:55:40 PT
Defying Logic
here we go, another dog and pony show,paid for by you and me, can't ya see?don't think for yourself, said the bueurocratthere is an expensive pill we have for that...c'mon there is no accepted medical use, he said on our dimebut he is just the early grim reaper, to patients out-of-timewhy can't you go away and save us money and grief Johnny Walters?Our cause is noble and for relief, that's why we will not falterthe People's reasoning grows daily, whilst your dangerous beliefs wilti wonder when you go to bed at night Johnny, do you feel any guilt?
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on October 16, 2008 at 19:03:51 PT
John Walters is not My doctor.
I do not trust John Walters and or His motives.I do not care for the way John Walters considers His brothers, neighbors and fellow human beings.John Walters doesn't seem to care if cannabis helps sick people: He would rather them be caged, then helped.He would rather sick citizens use very dangerous drugs with severe side effects including death, instead of the relatively safe God-given plant cannabis. -Which by the way has thousands of years of documented medical usage.I'm glad John Walters is not My doctor.-0-And thanks for the poll.
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Comment #4 posted by greenmed on October 16, 2008 at 13:22:24 PT
public health
"The marijuana lobby is trying to pull a con on Michigan voters," Walters said. "This would be bad for public health and for public safety." (emphasis added)This view is not widely shared. The American Public Health Association (APHA) has gone on record supporting access to medical cannabis.  (Patients Out of Time)There are videos of speakers at Cannabis Clinical Conferences organized by Patients Out of Time on the above site as well... the links are on the main page.
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Comment #3 posted by tintala on October 16, 2008 at 10:17:56 PT:
So walters still persists in putting sick ppl
In jail, his actions go against Doctors recommedations and sick and dying ppls reactions to mmj. He just totally disregards the medicine that sick and dying people need mmj, and would rather JAIL them even if their doc told them to use it. So he is playing the doctor. let's just have a bunch of ill people running around on OXYCONTIN AND MORPHINE INSTEAD and support BIG PHARMA, yeah that sounds great. LOL. What a turd.
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on October 16, 2008 at 10:15:25 PT
Sheriff says it's "bad medicine" ...
Next time you have a medical emergency go to the police station because they know what is best for you!
On a mission from God!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on October 16, 2008 at 07:13:35 PT
Poll: From The USA Today Blog
Referendum: Should some people be allowed to grow or use marijuana?Current Results:88% - Yes12% - No
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