Judge Asks Board If Marijuana Has Safe Medical Use
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Judge Asks Board If Marijuana Has Safe Medical Use
Posted by CN Staff on April 25, 2009 at 04:30:11 PT
By Chase Davis
Source: Des Moines Register
Iowa -- A Polk County judge has ruled that the Iowa Board of Pharmacy must examine whether marijuana has an accepted medical use - a decision some said could thaw the debate on its use for medical purposes in Iowa.The ruling Thursday by District Judge Joel Novak does not legalize medical marijuana in Iowa. Instead, it requires the pharmacy board to consider whether marijuana is properly classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under state law.
"What this does is it forces the board to address medical marijuana," said Randall Wilson, the attorney who handled the case for the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa.Lloyd Jessen, executive director of the pharmacy board, said he did not want to comment on the ruling until he and other board members had a chance to discuss it with their lawyer.To be classified as a Schedule I substance, among the most tightly regulated drugs under state law, a drug must be shown to have a high potential for abuse and no safe medical use within the United States.Proponents of medical marijuana contend that by listing the drug under Schedule I, the state is implying that the drug has no acceptable medical use.Forcing the board to acknowledge marijuana's use in medicine would be a symbolic victory that could force lawmakers to address the issue more seriously, Wilson said.Last summer, a group including the ACLU petitioned the pharmacy board to remove the drug from the Schedule I classification.The board ruled against the petition in October and the ACLU appealed.Novak's ruling stipulates that the board must now review the classification and decide whether the drug has a safe medical application.If the drug does have a safe medical use, the board can recommend that the Iowa Legislature reclassify it, Wilson said.Marijuana can now be used under medical supervision in at least 13 states to battle nausea, pain and other symptoms brought on by diseases such as cancer and AIDS, the ACLU says."The pharmacy board has been saying, 'We should wait for the feds to do something.' but the law doesn't say to wait," Wilson said. "We're trying to unfreeze the issue and open up the debate."Earlier this year, state Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, proposed a bill that would have legalized medical marijuana in Iowa. The bill died for lack of support.The bill called for creating not-for-profit organizations known as "compassion centers" that would cultivate and distribute marijuana for qualified patients."I'm pleased with the court's decision," Bolkcom said Friday."I think having the pharmacy board review the classification brings the issue forward again in an important way."Source: Des Moines Register (IA)Author: Chase DavisPublished: April 25, 2009Copyright: 2009 The Des Moines RegisterContact: cdavis dmreg.comWebsite: http://desmoinesregister.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on April 25, 2009 at 12:52:15 PT
Maybe ...
I'm not even thinking about the right song.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on April 25, 2009 at 12:50:23 PT
Thank you. I have a feeling that doesn't mean 'one ton of matos'.:0)I think that rascal may have tricked me. 
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on April 25, 2009 at 12:47:45 PT
Was One Ton of Matos
one you made up?Lol!
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Comment #10 posted by runruff on April 25, 2009 at 11:30:17 PT
You are welcome Hope!
I am a virtual well of useless information, a great deal of which I personally make up so I know it is true.Glad I could help!
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Comment #9 posted by mykeyb420 on April 25, 2009 at 10:44:19 PT
Guantanamero.Como aquí vino el yanqui
Nos mordió la tierra
Se debió de un golpe
El sumo de la suerte.
Discreta la inversión
Pues un día la guerra
Sería como donarle
Fortuna a la muerteComo los pichones
Cuando abren el pico
Pa que mamá paloma
Venga y te alimente
Salud y educación
Toma para que seas rico
Ya lo demás vendrá despacio
Y lentamente
Guantanamero.Y dicen que,
Dicen que:
Dice Gerardo Alfonso
Que a los grandes negros
Le ha costado doble
Llegar a gigantes
Pues sepa que
A los grandes
De este pueblo
Nos cuesta mucho
Y desafiar ser emigrantes.A veces porque como
Si corsarios nos aplican
Bien la ley de la ventaja
Otras veces la autoestima baja
No sabemos que hacer
Con lo extraudinario.
Yo no creo en el desierto
Del intento
Ni el rencor,
Ni el desconcierto
Derramado en el atril.
Ni pretendo
A la orilla
De este verso
Desafiar al universo
Y mucho menos eguir.
Pero dime
Donde pongo este trastazo
Que me llega
Como abrazo
Pisoteando el porvenir.
Y susurran
Siempre a modo de consejo
Como epitafe moderno
Que coño tú haces aquí.Si yo soy Guantanamero,
Guantanamero.Vivo en e l país
Que no se ha cansado
De pretender ser
El más equitativo
Yo no doy promesa
Si pregunto
A un extranjero
Si en otro lugar
Nos llama palestino
Mientras voy
Guindado de mi propio sueño
Metiendo cabeza
Como aventurero
Si me safó
Y obviamente me despeño
Recuerden que dijimos:Guantanamero,
Guantanamero.Guantanamero yo soy,
Guantanamero yo voy,
Guantanamero Café y sombrero de Yarey,
Pero pa donde yo voy
Si ya yo tengo mi ley
Y en 4 metros cuadrado
Mis sueños van ardiendo
En el fuego del indio Hatuey.Guantanamero,
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on April 25, 2009 at 09:41:29 PT
What I thought was maybe
it was Guantanamaro... or Juantanamero...some place I'd never quite heard of. Familiar but unfamiliar.:0)Juantanmero... One ton of 'matos.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 25, 2009 at 09:38:44 PT
 "one ton o' 'matos!"
Oh my gosh! I had no idea that's what that song was saying.Kind of like "Pumped a lot of tane down in New Orleans". Which I thought for years was Tang... like the astronauts used to drink. Thanks, Runruff.
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on April 25, 2009 at 08:53:04 PT
More sage insites!
Barry Manalow exclaimed, "..looks like tomatoes!"The Sandpipers lamented, "One ton of 'matos, for we picked one ton o' 'matos!"
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 25, 2009 at 08:45:00 PT
It really is the most beautiful day this year and I am in a happy mood. They are having a Slow Down 10 day festival in the UK and I thought of this song.The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on April 25, 2009 at 08:02:06 PT
The wisdom in their lyrics,
Rod Stewart observes,"every picture tells a story doughnut?"CCR announced, "there's a bathroom on the right!"Dylan, "...did the bump and grind in your time....didn't you?"Rupert Holmes,"if you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain?"
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on April 25, 2009 at 07:53:45 PT:
Yes, a good step
But what really needs to happen is that cannabis prohibition, itself must be put on trial. More correctly, its supporters must be placed in the docket and made to testify under oath as to the veracity of their claims about it being 'dangerous'. The liars have been able to get with their lies for so long because there has never been a penalty for that lying. Place them under oath, and they have only three options: perjure themselves, take The Fifth, or tell the truth. In any event, cannabis prohibition could not survive the experience.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on April 25, 2009 at 06:11:40 PT
Impressive move in Iowa.
This step in Iowa is a wise move.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 25, 2009 at 04:55:27 PT
Off Topic: Good Morning
I believe we are getting closer to our hopes and dreams. It's a beautiful day and I thought others might enjoy this song too.Donovan - Colours
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