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  Approval Predicted for Medical Marijuana

Posted by CN Staff on April 22, 2009 at 05:59:52 PT
By Tom Precious, News Albany Bureau 
Source: Buffalo News 

Albany, N.Y. -- Long-stalled efforts to permit the medicinal use of marijuana in this state appear to have a good chance of passage before lawmakers end their session in June. It would make New York the 15th state to legalize the drug for medical reasons. Advocates say they believe the Democratic- controlled Senate and Assembly have the votes to pass legislation permitting qualified patients to grow their own marijuana plants, or obtain the drug on the streets or through a state-sanctioned dispensary. Gov. David A. Paterson also is said to be supportive of the legalization. 
“It’s looking pretty darn good,” Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried, a Manhattan Democrat and Health Committee chairman, said of the bill’s chance to become law this session. The lawmaker, who has sponsored the measure for years, renewed a public push Tuesday, using the cases of two New Yorkers who have turned to marijuana to relieve their chronic pain as evidence of the need for the bill. “I’m looking for all the help we can get to get this passed,” said Joel Peacock, a Buffalo resident and self-described conservative, who turned to the drug in the past to help with severe pain he still feels from a 2001 car accident. The effort was jump-started by the Obama administration’s decision in February to stop raids on marijuana-dispensing centers in California, where medical marijuana is legal. U. S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. signaled that federal prosecution would cease in states that legalize medical marijuana, even though U. S. law bans the drug’s use. The Assembly is considered certain to pass the measure. Advocates are working on the Senate Senate, where control switched in January to Democrats from Republicans. In 2007, the measure had the backing of a half-dozen Republicans. Supporters say they fear as many as four Democrats, including Sen. William T. Stachowski, D-Lake View, might oppose it. That would require GOP help to get it passed in a chamber where Democrats hold a thin, 32-30 majority. Stachowski could not be reached to comment Tuesday. Paterson’s office said the governor is not taking a stance on the bill, but sources described him as very supportive and said he even offered to introduce his own legislation legalizing medical marijuana. Proponents say marijuana helps to relieve pain from such diseases as multiple sclerosis and to calm nausea, as well as to aid the appetite of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The measure has the backing of groups representing physicians, nurses and hospices. The association representing the state’s district attorneys has not taken a formal position on the bill, said Daniel Donovan, the Staten Island district attorney and president of the group. Speaking for himself and not his organization, Donovan, said a number of other drugs — from methadone to oxycondone — have been legalized to help with such things as relieving pain. “I’m not opposed to the idea. I’m open to the idea of seeing studies — and will trust the medical field,” he said. The most vocal opposition comes from the state’s small but influential Conservative Party, which helped to kill the 2007 bill in the Republican-led Senate. “If this passes, this is the beginning of a slippery slope that opens the door to legalize drugs,” said Michael R. Long, the party’s chairman. Long said patients have plenty of alternatives to marijuana for pain relief. He claimed a lack of controls to prevent marijuana prescribed for a patient from getting into the hands of the patient’s children or from being sold on the streets. “This is not helpful to our society,” Long said. But Peacock, the subject of a 2007 profile in The Buffalo News, said his pain medications cost him and his insurer $39,000 a year. Pulling a package of painkillers from his pocket Tuesday — which cost $26 a dose — Peacock said marijuana would be both cheaper and more effective. Peacock, who is enrolled in the Conservative Party, used marijuana during a construction job in Louisiana several years ago and then in Florida. He does not use it now because it is illegal in this state. “It took the pain away. I was absolutely amazed,” he said Tuesday at a news conference in Albany. Joe Gamble, a Liverpool resident, a former Army paratrooper and commercial pilot, turns to marijuana now to relieve his pain from multiple sclerosis. He called for “a little compassion.” “It’s not for everybody, but it certainly does work for me,” he said. Backers say this is the first time the Assembly and Senate have had the same versions of medical marijuana bills. They note its Senate sponsor — Sen. Thomas K. Duane, a Manhattan Democrat — is chairman of the Health Committee, which has oversight of the matter. Duane predicted the bill will pass with Democratic and Republican backing, saying: “This is about compassion. This is about medicine. This is not about politics.” The bill would make marijuana legal for those sanctioned by a physician with a “serious condition,” defined as a “severe debilitating or life-threatening condition or a condition associated with or a complication of such a condition or its treatment, including but not limited to inability to tolerate food, nausea, vomiting, dysphoria or pain.” It permits the possession of up to 12 marijuana plants or 2z ounces of marijuana. Those approved for the program can grow the plants from seeds purchased in the illicit drug market or through state-approved dispensing centers. The centers also could dispense marijuana. The bill calls for the state Health Department to play a role in regulating entities that produce and sell marijuana to eligible patients. Patients that violate the terms of the bill would be subject to stricter penalties than someone now caught possessing marijuana. Those eligible to legally smoke the drug for medical reasons would be given a card good for a year before requiring new approval by a physician or an approved caregiver. Doctors could not prescribe marijuana for themselves. Patients deciding to grow their own marijuana must keep it in a locked, enclosed area, such as a greenhouse or closet accessible only to the patient or caregiver. Patients could not smoke the drug in a public place, and no caregiver could be responsible for more than five patients approved for medical marijuana. The bill allows the state to charge dispensers a fee, and the entities could be anything from a pharmacy to a hospital clinic to a registered marijuana producer. It does not require insurers to cover the treatments. Critics have said wording that lets eligible patients get the drug on the streets will only encourage the illegal drug trade. A growing number of states, including Minnesota, Illinois and New Jersey, are considering medical marijuana laws, especially after the Obama administration’s policy change on the issue. In November, voters approved the drug’s use in Michigan and Massachusetts.Source: Buffalo News (NY)Author: Tom Precious, News Albany BureauPublished: April 22, 2009Copyright: 2009 The Buffalo NewsContact: LetterToEditor buffnews.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #21 posted by AdaptBones on April 23, 2009 at 16:27:28 PT:

Well spoken...
Very well spoken Museman, very well indeed. As tongue in cheek as it is I feel the need to say, "it's taken an entire lifetime to reach the point I'm at now, and I've still only scratched the surface". I have many mixed emotions on possible futures (as I'm sure many do) but the one idea I keep coming back to is, pardon the phrase, "getting back to basics". I think we have reached a breaking point in the experiment that is The United States of America. What I mean by that is that we have become too large to be controled by one certral point effectively. Our process, I feel, is a pretty good government process in theory but I also think it only works as intended in smaller circles. If you have a government based on everyone supposedly having a say and you have what, roughly 3 million different voices...I think you can see the problem there because there is no way to make this style of government work for that many people. Not to mention the fact that this style of government is obviously subject to abuse and corruption. As I see it there is no way this government can recover at this point and become what it was meant to be, mainly because those who have gained their power will not release it. So I stand by my call that now is fast approaching the time for a real revolution in this country and I think we need to really consider that as free thinkers. A revolution, an immediate turn around of ideas and actions, is what we need to save this world and ourselves. And while I personally don't have a problem electing the best person for a job and giving them authority in that regard, if they feel they can ignore the will of the people and turn our freedom to chains then I feel there is no other choice as free persons than to call for and carry out a revolution that willk rock the world back to a stand still. Several months ago now I became aware of my own calling to help others by training and becoming a Shaman under the old ways. One of the principles of enlightenment for me came when I was learning to accept that the Universe is in constant flux and that we are all born into the chains of bondage. I also learned one of the greatest games in life we can play is that of raising our consciousness past that initial inaction stage where we break away from the masses and become one who helps guide his fellow brothers and sisters out of the darkness as well. We should all strive to break free of that mold because if we accomplished that in mass, it would be a new day indeed. Blessed be.
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Comment #20 posted by museman on April 23, 2009 at 13:10:29 PT

I too "was born and indoctrinated into the status quo and it has been a long and hard struggle" to get to here. I made some choices a long time ago that are just now seemingly re-surfacing for folks to get another shot at, but the struggle to not have to compromise with errors made out to be benign -by the self interests of the ruling factions, has never left me. I got my first good look at politicians (for example) way back in about '78 when I met Tom Hayden in his first campaign for California Senate. That moment of truth -the vacuum and fear in the eyes of that man, has never been assuaged by anything that any politician has ever done since, in fact, quite the contrary, yet in every election I still try -against all experience and reason- to convince myself that one of these puppets might actually be real.I once swore an oath to protect this country, its people, and the Constitution from 'all enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC' what a shocker it was to wake up one morning after the brutal programming of boot camp wore off to find that I was performing duties and service to the biggest enemies not only of American people, but the entire planet! (I might even go so far as to say the entire Universe!)Other than the oath to love my wife no matter what, that is the only oath I ever took. I still feel obligated on some level to uphold it.The Great American experiment in Liberty, has its truly noble aspects -namely in the nobility of those few courageous enough to keep the movement out of the eons of dark ignorance into the light, alive. The 'heroes' of America aren't most of the ones in the history books, though a few notables made it into the pages despite the intentions of the status quo.As a Rainbow Warrior (not to be confused with the Rainbow Family -to which I also belong) I understand deeply the many movements of race, culture, spirituality, knowledge, and heart, that have culminated in the mix we call America, and why some things have happened the way they have, instead of the way they perhaps should have, or could have.Yet I also understand that the thing we call the United States Of America is not a collaboration of revolutionary minds, but a compromise and capitulation with the already-in-power 'masters' to allow them to continue their agenda of world domination through the systems of false authority, false values, and false beliefs that are integrated or 'stitched' into the very fabric of our reality -to the point of the creation of a superimposed 'reality' over the top of the real one.Thus the concept of the "Emperor wears no clothes."It is hard to hold onto ones principles in a world where your neighbors are taught to despise you because you dare to be different -even thought the words spouted by the so-called representatives of our government and all the other linked institutions, 'positions' and offices of the status quo like to make it appear AS IF IT WAS THE TRUTH. It is difficult to adhere to the truth when the ability to feed your children is so profoundly dependent on ones ability to deny it. Thats one of the big catch 22s they rely on to get the un-natural, discomforted, erronous acceptance of the ways and means of the ruling families -or else!At some point everyone has to make the decision to stop serving lies and start serving truth, and that cannot be done through any form of compromise, because the truth is beyond interpretation. If you must interpret it , then you do not know it. If you can see it, state, it and act on it, it can become a rock and foundation that nothing short of physical extinction can move or stop.Compromise is standing in shifting sand, and no matter how it may seem, it will fail to achieve the goals of life on planet earth, and everything that is built there will fall down.Thanks to the arrogance and presumption of some of the masters, and their recent puppets of power, they have aided in the revelation of their own corruption, and more and more people are being given the opportunity to participate in true global change that the spirit of man and the earth has been crying out for since the enslavement began.There is no going back now. The changes are upon us, Whether you look at it from a prophetic view, a geological view, ecological, or just look at the sky and intuit your own conclusions, the 'end of the world as we know it' is in progress.It isn't a statement of angst, attitude, or any other kind of reactionary emotion when I say, "You either get on the bus, or get run over by it." And that 'bus' is not anything being handed to us by the powers and principalities, nor is it some form of established doctrine or philosophy, it is nothing less than Creation itself. And there is no compromise and capitulation with that foundation of our reality -become a willing part, or be ready to accept the consequences.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #19 posted by AdaptBones on April 23, 2009 at 10:52:10 PT:

I posted my last comment before reading your latest one. *Stands and applauds* Wow, just wow. I aspire to speak such words as you do. I have received so much insight since finding this web site just a few short weeks ago from both yourself and others and I have been inspired by it. 
 Museman, the problem I find myself in, i imagine many others find themselves in this same situation but I can only speak for myself, is that I was born and indoctrinated into the status quo and it has been a long and hard struggle to even get to the point in my life and mind where I can begin to accept that authority comes first and formost from myself. It is a complete reworking of what we have been raised to believe and think and to that end I'm afraid that the "powers that be" have done a very thorough job of brainwashing the masses to believe they DON'T have this power. For many people they feel it is just too much work. There is a saying that applies to this issue very well I feel, "Many are called, few answer". I have to believe that everyone feels that call at some point in their lives, but the sad reality is that many either ignore or mistake the call for something else because we are also taught by the powers that have held control that such calls do not exist and that it is only a passing thought. All of this is more than enough reason any free person should want to stand strong and not give a single inch in this war that they started. NO MORE! Compromise is nice in theory and certainly at times it is the correct response; however this is not one of those times. This is the time to show the world the truth and to educate others. It is not being "stubborn" or any other choice word to not compromise on these basic rights issues. Blessed be everyone. 
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Comment #18 posted by museman on April 23, 2009 at 10:31:10 PT

AdaptBones, Had enough 
Yes indeedy.
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Comment #17 posted by AdaptBones on April 23, 2009 at 09:53:41 PT:

It is time...
Had Enough and everyone else, it is ABSOLUTLY time to put an end to these lies and this wasteful way of life. Now is the time to become something bigger than ourselves and indeed it is time to come to the aid of ALL our brothers and sisters. Too long have too many sat in the shadows out of fear or apathy. Too long have I heard the argument, "it's not a priority to me". It won't be a priority until they are at YOUR door and then there will be nothing you can do because the opportunity has passed and you have allowed the "status quo" to be continued. We are not perfect alone but together we can make up for those imperfections and help to heal this world and put an end to this long nightmare. I have heard the argument, "if you constantly tell people about this issue they will tune you out because it's not important to them", or "you are not openly active in other important issues so why should they be active in yours". These are certainly troubling questions to me and I certainly agree that there are many important issues in this world but the environment, animal rights, even the economy will not mean a DAMN THING if you are locked in a cage away from the outside world. I understand there are different priorities than this movement but I feel that is a narrow view when your life can be destroyed and you locked away from the world in a cage all for enjoying something that grows naturally. We are NOT criminals by nature but because we choose to use nature we are branded AS criminals. There is no logic to that and our brothers and sisters have had their lives destroyed by the powers that be. THAT is unacceptable to me. We have made cannabis the symbol of this freedom movement but let us never forget this issue is bigger than just cannabis. This is about true freedom for everyone to make their OWN choices about thier lives. We can be the cure and not the cause. We can stop this and stop this now, there is no reason we can't. We need to make sure our call is heard so loud that there is no way Washington and Obama can ignore us. Blessed be everyone and be safe.
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Comment #16 posted by museman on April 23, 2009 at 09:40:50 PT

11- 14
There are some folks who tend to view issues one facet at a time, very similar sometimes to the western medicinal practice of 'treating the sympton, but not the cause.'The 'in your face' nature of the WOD has brought many into the awareness of the true nature of the WOD, and they have joined the struggle against prohibition. This can be a good thing, but it can also be an issue in itself.It is another issue, because the whole picture of the actual root reason behind cannabis prohibition goes far beyond just the laws and the corruption that has been built around it. The root cause and reasons for cannabis prohibition are directly entertwined and linked to the same reasons and causes that have provoked every revolution against false and corrupted power that has ever happened in the history of planet earth.In the '60's we talked a lot about 'revolution' The Beatles even gave us a song. Those serious 'revolutionaries' from my generation either went underground, were buried in the ground, or sold out for the SUVs and suburbia. The revolution (while it lasted) was acted out in various ways, including acts of violence that did no one any good. And cannabis was a crucial aspect of those many conversations of revolution. Cannabis gave us the enlightened opportunity to grasp the concept that we ourselves are sufficient in ourselves, without some trumped up false authority telling us how we should be. That awareness -greatly enhanced and given opportunity by cannabis use- is probably the one major reason why the powers that be do not want the people to have easy and free access to cannabis.In this struggle for freedom, the willingness on the part of those who see through the perspective of the status quo to compromise away the tenuous liberties that we have gained -mostly through living our liberties, thus forcing the status quo to grudgingly acknowledge the fact- is a weak link in our movement. The willingness to fall back into the modus operandi of the current system shows -in my mind- a real lack of fortitude in the spine of this 'revolution.'The nature of a true revolutionary is described first and foremost by the image of Yahsua, who stood solid and unwavering in his convictions all the way to the last breath. His inspiration gave us the keys to liberty and freedom, and it was this act (the final word) that broke the ancient power of the status quo, and gave it back to the people. The fact that it remained almost a secret to common understanding for alomst 2000 years is a direct result of the power and principalities apllying their trickery and deception to the creation of christianity.There is no compromise with truth, neither is there compromise with freedom and liberty, there is only right and ethical behavior, based on enlightened, personal choice. The fact that some people cannot be free enough to accept the sovereignty of every individual on this planet without feeling that 'their way' should be some kind of 'law' that forces others to bend into the shape that they have twisted themselves into, is a sign that these people need to be re-educated in reality 101, real soon.If they come into our 'revolution' they shouldn't be allowed to attempt to re-create the movement in their own image, accepting compromises with the evil emperor just so life can be a bit more 'comfortable.'There have been important confrontations on the 'political' front, necessary skirmishes on the surface 'front lines', but these are but shadows of the substance of our cause, and not to be confused with the true 'revolution' (turn around) that is the real current carrying us all forward into the future. To willingly allow the status quo one inch of their agenda, at this point is abnegating whatever gains that are made in consciousness, and contributing to the ongoing destruction, war, opression, suffering, and pollution going on through the powers that be, the status quo, the modern Nephalim.The tendency to acredit individuals as having some kind of 'authority' based on their status-quo endorsement is a real bummer amongst us, a stumbling block that needs to be done away with."Authority" is not made, elected, appointed, or acquired, it can only be given from one source. And if one does not even believe in that source, how can they have any real authority? Which if course is why they have such a thing as a 'church' that they can 'attend' to 'prove' their piety. Yet the actions, deeds, and schemata of the status quo principalites speak volumes of the hypocrisy and corruption throughout history and always associated with the same ilk of 'humanity.'Authority is when your car breaks down, and you need a mechanic -the mechanic is the authority. But if you know how to fix the car, what kind of nonsense is it to make a law to force you to have to use the mnechanics services, even if you are a better mechanic? And even if you just think you are a better mechanic, shouldn't you at least have the opportunity to find out?Authority is when something needs to be done, and the best one for the job steps up and does it. Of course when you make the prime motivation for everything a fake carrot on a stick (money and materialism) there is going to be a lot of pretenders who just want the benefits, and will lie, cheat, and steal to get to that coveted position. And you will have incompetence on a grand scale-remind you of anything?Authority cannot be 'taught' or 'learned' it is a natural state of human conditions that exists in avery facet of life. One cannot simply 'become' an authority by infusion of selective information doled out -for a fee- at academic institutions, resulting in a fake 'award of authority' called a 'degree.' Knowlege is good, but authority is related to the moment of need, and absolutely nothing else.This revolution began over 10,000 years ago, when some evil mo-fos took this planet hostage. Oh yes, scoff, mock, refuse to believe the facts, believe that your time on earth is somehow more special than those who came before, and that the evils that rule the world in the form of corrupted humans with corrupted human values only just happened -such naivety has been happily supported by the status qou for a long time. This revolution is one of intellect, of consciousness, and of Spirit, and cannot be allowed to be watered down with the establishmentarian compromises that some seem to think is some kind of improvement in the situation. Now is not the time to give up one inch of the ground we have gained through such despicable actions as selling out our revolution for any of the compromises that the status quo tries to hand out, now is the time to stand up, reverse the flow of corruption, and drive the usurpers back into the sea of oblivion through the courage to refuse their bull shit. Thats revolution.FREE CANNABIS FOR EVERYONE
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Comment #15 posted by The GCW on April 22, 2009 at 20:13:12 PT

Tight Race
I don't know.It seems like New Jersey better work hard or New York is going to WIN THE RACE to being the next state to allow sick citizens to use cannabis.? C-news'ers, who do You think is going to cross the line next?-0-To put this in a race format may be an awesome idea.Odds in Vegas anyone?-0-Imagine, behind closed doors, NORML chapters in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho etc. meet and make a little wager...Or completely go public; IT'S A RACE, citizens.-0-Which state is next?
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Comment #14 posted by Had Enough on April 22, 2009 at 18:18:59 PT

re: comment #8…and #11
Now is the time for all good men/women to come to aid of their brothers/sisters…

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Comment #13 posted by Vincent on April 22, 2009 at 17:55:03 PT:

Michael D. Long...Neckbone
I am originally from the Bronx, New York, so I know that name--Michael D. Long--a 'Long'-time knucklehead. He and his kind are the ones that shoved that supercop, Rudy "law and order" Giuliani, down our throats. A lot of outsiders consider Giuliani to be a "great" mayor. But we New Yorkers, especially those of us who lived in the ghetto, hate his guts. So, of course, I expect nonsense to come out of Long's mouth.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on April 22, 2009 at 17:17:45 PT

Museman and Everyone
I just thought of a song.R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know Itand I FEEL FINE!!!
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Comment #11 posted by AdaptBones on April 22, 2009 at 17:06:50 PT:

 Hear, hear very well said! I keep seeing the "powers that be" trying to tighten their grip to maintain the "status quo" in the news and I have to keep reminding myself that we, the generation before me, my generation, and the generations to come, will change this world and help it heal. We are not and will not buy into all the lies that have been spewed like so much bad milk over the generations that have come before. We stand at a crossroads in time that will help determine the future of our world. One side maintains the "status quo" and keeps consuming and wasting until there is absolutly NOTHING left and we live in total control of our masters. The other choice is to rise up and take back what has been stolen from us. Now is the time to shrug off that old cloak of dismissal, "it didn't happen to me so why should I care", and take up the cause for YOUR future and the future of your children, indeed for the future of the human species!  If you do not speak up and defend your neighbor's rights then by the time they come for you there will be no one left to help defend you. Now is the time for ALL free citizens of the world to stand up to the powers that have thrust us into the positions we find ourselves in today. Now is the time for a world wide revolution! Now is the time to let your voice be heard. We need to leave that old fear behind and stand to be something bigger than ourselves. For everyone who has suffered and bled for this freedom, you will be remembered and we will continue the fight you helped move forward. If we come together, REALLY come together for a common cause there is no way the powers that be can keep the dam from breaking. We stand on the chance of the lifetime everyone and we need to continue to fight for our freedom that our ancestors came to this land seeking. The power of this land has become corrupt and cares only for itself. It has molded itself after the powers our ancestors sought to escape in Europe! So, with that in mind I call for a revolution the world over. WE, the people of this Earth, will not tolerate your lies, death, and control. We DEMAND that our freedoms be returned and we engage in new relations the world over. It is said that the Mayan calendar predicts the end of our world as we know it by December of 2012. I, for one, certainly hope that holds true and that the world as we knew it only exsits in history books and as a bad memory. Blessed be everyone.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on April 22, 2009 at 17:01:23 PT

Debate Heats Up Over Medical Marijuana Legislation
April 22, 2009 
Democrats in the New York State Assembly and Senate are sponsoring identical bills to legalize medical marijuana. The Democrats hold a majority in both houses, making it a real possibility that the legislation could be passed. A spokesman for Governor David Paterson told the Ithaca Journal that if the bill passes both houses, the governor will seek input from interested parties before acting. 
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Comment #9 posted by Garry Minor on April 22, 2009 at 11:44:07 PT:

Well said!
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Comment #8 posted by museman on April 22, 2009 at 10:44:53 PT

the fall
is like a card house blowing away in slo-mo.As more and more footstools of power are removed by the acceptance of common sense and reason by the population at large, lies will have less purchase, deception will be revealed, and the collective consiousness will resolve 'never again' to give such false power to any human being through comparisons, judgements, endowment, inheritance, bloodlines and 2-dimensional 'achievements' such as 'academic excellence' (not to be confused with intelligence, creativity, and innovation- human conditions not dependent on fake 'education.')..Like dominoes, the system is stacked for its final collapse.The effect will only be as real as we allow, however. As of right now, we believe our government is somehow going to save us from the mental invention of failed 'economics', and that it will also somehow by reason of some esoteric 'american righteousness' give us back all of our civil liberties (that we never really had until they were used, - and then we got the WOD, the NSA, the CIA, the DEA, the BLM, 9-11 and the Patriot Act -STILL!!!!!!!!)Oh yes america you believe in your monstrousness, you empower that false, filthy token of materialistic esteem called money, you believe in that nine-to-five like it was a gift, like you are blessed to 'get' to labor away your entire life, hardly ever spending any time with your kids -who then grow up just like you, and hating you for it, but after a fit of teenage rebellion, settle down in the american nightmare of materialistic slavery and bondage to perpetuate and continue the farce for another generation.But, thanks to a revolution in consciousness that is constantly being pooh-poohed by the status-quo tripe passed off as 'journalism' and consistently connotated into mockery and derision - the 'mind expansion' that began in the '60's, more and more younger folks are stepping up to the plate. That 'child' that tried to tell his parents that the emperor was naked, has come of age, and the emperor isn't only still naked, but getting rather gnarly to look at. The denial of the Staus Quo is becoming smaller and smaller circles. What was unchallengeable a few years ago -by carefully applied doses of fakery and fear- the 'authority' of the ruling classes- has been undermined by many youth seeking truth. They found it in cannabis, and mushrooms, and peyote, and in the wind in the trees, the running of the brook. They found it everywhere except where their 'betters' tried to tell them it was.The cat is out of the bag. The worms are out of the can. The box has been opened and the contents revealed.Can't stop it, only a fool would try. But we have an entire government composed of fools and corruption who will destroy anything and anyone who gets in their way -if they can. The preservation of their 'way of life' is paramount on their agenda right now, and all manner of compromises and capitulations are attempting to 'legislate' themselves into reality. The last ones to see the truth will be the ones who build, uphold, and perpetuate the lie -just hope for their sake the falling house of cards doesn't flatten them under its pile.In the meantime, get real america. Grow food. Grow pot. Just say no to false authority. "Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights."FREE CANNABIS FOREVER

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Comment #7 posted by FoM on April 22, 2009 at 09:47:51 PT

Related Article from The Staten Island Advance
Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan 'Open' To Legalizing Medical MarijuanaApril 22, 2009URL:
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 22, 2009 at 09:26:00 PT

Happy Earth Day. 
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Comment #5 posted by greenmed on April 22, 2009 at 09:08:23 PT

excellent news...
...nonetheless. It's good to see sanity and freedom taking root on the east coast.Happy Earth Day, everybody.
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Comment #4 posted by greenmed on April 22, 2009 at 09:04:12 PT

Insurance coverage
(Joel) Peacock, the subject of a 2007 profile in The Buffalo News, said his pain medications cost him and his insurer $39,000 a year. Pulling a package of painkillers from his pocket Tuesday — which cost $26 a dose — Peacock said marijuana would be both cheaper and more effective. 
...The bill allows the state to charge dispensers a fee, and the entities could be anything from a pharmacy to a hospital clinic to a registered marijuana producer. It does not require insurers to cover the treatments.I don't understand. If insurers stand to save so much money by patients opting for pure cannabis over Marinol and other expensive pharmaceuticals, would they have lobbied against reimbursement?
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 22, 2009 at 08:59:31 PT

Medical Pot Measure Seen Passing in N.Y.
April 22, 2009(UPI) -- Medical marijuana advocates say they believe a measure legalizing its use in New York state has a good chance of passing in the coming weeks.New York would be the 15th state in the United States to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes, and advocates are confident they have the votes in the Legislature to pass a legalization bill before the current session in Albany ends in June.The Buffalo (N.Y.) Daily News said Wednesday Gov. David Paterson is supportive of the measure that would permit qualified users to grow pot or purchase it legally.Political observers see the Obama administration's order scaling back federal raids on pot dispensaries in California as providing the kind of support that makes the New York lawmakers more comfortable voting for their own medical marijuana law.Still, some conservatives remain opposed to the idea on the grounds medical marijuana's benefits are unproven and it could open the door to broader legalization.Copyright: 2009 United Press International, Inc.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 22, 2009 at 06:45:02 PT

Related Article from The Poughkeepsie Journal
Medical Marijuana Gets New Life with Senate LegislationApril 22, 2009URL:
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 22, 2009 at 06:01:22 PT

New York
Maybe now that the Democrats are in the majority it might just happen! Go New York!
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