Dozens Line Up for Marijuana Cards
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Dozens Line Up for Marijuana Cards
Posted by CN Staff on April 06, 2009 at 12:07:57 PT
By Scott Davis, Lansing State Journal 
Source: Lansing State Journal
Michigan -- More than 45 people this morning signed up for Michigan’s new medical marijuana program at the state Department of Community Health in downtown Lansing.It was part of a mass registration tied to a new state law. The first person to submit her application for the medical marijuana card was Renee Wolfe, 48, of Ann Arbor. She went to a registration table in the department’s lobby and turned in the paperwork. Today is the first day that the state is accepting registrations.
Wolfe, who campaigned last year to win passage of a state ballot measure authorizing medical marijuana, smiled and gave a thumbs-up sign afterward. If her application is approved, Wolfe will be issued a card within 20 days allowing her to grow and use marijuana.“We made it,” said Wolfe, who suffers from shooting pain throughout her body due to multiple sclerosis. “I am so overjoyed (at the turnout). I knew that I wasn’t the only one that I was helping.’State officials were expecting a hundred people or more to register throughout the day.For more on this story, read Tuesday's Lansing State Journal.Source: Lansing State Journal (MI)Author: Scott Davis, Lansing State JournalPublished:  April 6, 2009Copyright: 2009 Lansing State JournalWebsite: Articles: Approval on Pot Use On The Way Inaugurates Medical-Marijuana Program
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on April 06, 2009 at 20:12:59 PT
Here's a definition of decrim.To reduce or abolish criminal penalties for: decriminalize the use of marijuana
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 06, 2009 at 19:47:13 PT
Too busy. Too rushed. Too distracted."I've not understand the fear of the word legalization." Should be, I've not understood the fear of the word legalization.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 06, 2009 at 19:44:18 PT
Legalize... to me,
is the opposite of "Free for all". The "Free for all" of alcohol prohibition was decrim for the average consumer, unless they were caught in a raid on a speakeasy... or supplier. All the rest, the supply and safety and regulation, was totally wild, criminal, volatile, violent, and dangerous for everyone.There will be no new jobs with decriminalization. It will be just like now, only fines for the consumer instead of arrest. That's a step, but it's still in the wild and uncontrolled at all as far as supply is concerned.I've not understand the fear of the word legalization. It sounds safer and saner to me and always has. Decriminalization will keep some people from being arrested and having a criminal record, but he grower and supplier will still be in a world of danger and it won't do anything to stop the violence of turf wars and disagreements over illegal activities, or smuggling from Mexico and elsewhere, or illegal growing, including in national parks and on other peoples' properties. There will still be violent home invasion raids to catch producers with decriminalization. There will be no taxes and no carding. There will still be drug testing for cannabis with decrim.With all that considered... it's still the "Free for all" that we have now. Who knows and whatever. That's still keeping the whole scene unnecessarily dangerous.There's a big difference between the two words, and the legalization word, to me, is much saner and safer.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 06, 2009 at 17:50:05 PT
I want to try to explain why the word legalize scares me. I am a passive person. Mike Huckabee said Republicans don't want government interference in their lives. Then he said the problem is that someone always pushes too hard and it starts to cause problems and then they make a law. Legalize means a free for all to me. Do your own thing even if others might be offended or scared by it. Decriminalization means taking the crime out of marijuana. If they take the crime out of marijuana then fines would be for violating a rule. Alcohol has certain restrictions. Decrim means finding a balance so people won't be scared. Decrim is a gentler word then legalize. I hope this makes sense.
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Comment #4 posted by HempWorld on April 06, 2009 at 17:22:36 PT
What has been achieved in Portugal is good but 
it still does not come close to what has been achieved in the Netherlands when pot was de-facto legalized since mid 1970.I am just wondering why Portugal is now better than the Netherlands?Perhaps because decrim is a better word than legalizing? If society wants the best outcome, than regulation, i.e. LEGALIZATION is the only real solution, but for some this sounds SCARY!
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Comment #3 posted by cliff on April 06, 2009 at 14:37:09 PT
Glen Greenwald - on Portugal's decrim success April 2, 2009 12:20 EDT
The success of drug decriminalization in Portugal(updated below - Update II - Update III - Update IV)My report for the Cato Institute on the effects of full-scale drug decriminalization in Portugal -- the background for which I wrote about here ( )-- is now available online. It can be read here ( ), and the .pdf is here ( ). I'll be at Cato tomorrow to present the report at noon, and the event can be watched live here. Drug policy is being more openly debated than ever before in the U.S. (Time 's Joe Klein just wrote a column advocating marijuana legalization), and the unambiguous success of Portugal's 2001 decriminalization -- which is what enabled the Portuguese Government to address their exploding drug problems in the 1990s and to achieve far better results than virtually every other Western country -- provides a compelling empirical basis for understanding the profound failures of the American approach.---there's more   link---
Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Dru
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 06, 2009 at 13:06:16 PT
Thank you for the link.
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Comment #1 posted by SnowedUnder on April 06, 2009 at 12:49:20 PT:
Some discussion on marijuana...
Good afternoon FOM I just wanted to share this link to all here.
A very good piece on cbc sunday edition with Michael Enright. Click on latest broadcast. A one hour show.
Jeffrey Miron and some L.E.A.P. members.
Is it time to legalize all drugs?
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