Medical Marijuana Should Be Made Legal
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Medical Marijuana Should Be Made Legal
Posted by CN Staff on July 05, 2009 at 06:09:05 PT
Source: Portsmouth Herald
New Hampshire -- Governor Lynch should sign the legislation allowing the use of small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes. It's the humane thing to do.As he weighs the arguments for and against the bill, people are suffering, are in pain because the use and possession of any amount of marijuana in New Hampshire is against the law.
Technically, a cancer patient using marijuana to ease his or her suffering could be arrested.And that's just not right.Studies have indicated medical marijuana is helpful in treating many diseases, including several forms of cancer, Alzheimer's, migraines, fibromyalgia and many more.But law enforcement, for the most part, remains steadfastly against anyone using marijuana for any purposes.Here's what the soon-to-be former police chief in Portsmouth had to say about it last week: "Calling it medicine doesn't make it so. It's not FDA-approved and there's no quality control. It leads to higher drug use and it impairs driving. I think it sends the wrong message to our kids."But it IS medicine to those who need it.How much quality control is needed? New Hampshire's proposed law provides such control.It leads to higher drug use? That tired argument has been around since the start of the "War on Drugs" 30 or 40 years ago. And we're not talking about teenagers using it. We're talking about adults, some of whom are dying. They're not likely to work their way up to heroin any time soon.They're also not likely to be out driving cars.And, last but not least, he thinks it sends the wrong message to our kids. What might that be? That the state of New Hampshire thinks it is beneficial and merciful to allow sick people to use a little pot to ease their pain or discomfort? And that's the wrong message?The bill that sits on Lynch's desk would allow patients with debilitating illnesses to possess and use small amounts of marijuana. It would not allow patients to grow their own marijuana at their homes, but would require "compassion centers," not-for-profit organizations that would be required to receive state certification, for distribution of the drug. This is similar to laws in California, New Mexico and Rhode Island.The bill also has increased oversight by the state Department of Health and Human Services.While New Hampshire debates and awaits Lynch's decision, our neighbors to the south in Massachusetts voted last year to make possession of less than an ounce of marijuana a non-criminal offense. Those caught with that amount of marijuana now get what amounts to a $100 ticket.Thus far we haven't read about an explosion of pot smokers.But it does make things easier for people who might want the drug for medicinal reasons. However, it's still illegal.The bill on Lynch's desk would take that stain of illegality away for residents of New Hampshire whose doctors think the drug, like so many other drugs, might be beneficial to their patients.But that's not enough to convince the police chief. He says efforts in other states that have medical marijuana laws have turned out to be "a joke."Perhaps he should ask the patients in New Hampshire, or Portsmouth, whose lives stand to be improved by medical marijuana if they are laughing.Source: Portsmouth Herald (NH)Published: July 5, 2009Copyright: 2009 Seacoast NewspapersContact: news seacoastonline.comWebsite: Articles:Lynch At Center of Medical Marijuana Fight Wants Lynch To Veto Medical Pot Bill
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on July 08, 2009 at 05:41:18 PT
Lynch Should Veto NH Bill To Legalize Pot Use
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Comment #6 posted by ekim on July 07, 2009 at 18:08:25 PT
museman good one on pollution factor
we will need cannabis oil if its as bad as this film says.The Film End of the Line.The world’s first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing premiered at Sundance Film Festival
Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.
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Comment #5 posted by HempWorld on July 05, 2009 at 14:09:21 PT
I'm sorry Telluride Daily Planet but cannabis/hemp
was made illegal 1st in Texas in 1914 out of bigotry and out of rejection of Mexican culture and later for financial gain of specific industries and companies within industries namely; DuPont/Hearst (and Anslinger a Federal Director, was married into the DuPont family, among others) Ely Lily etc. etc.. Cannabis was not made illegal because it contains THC.Also, the current Federal prohibition against cannabis/hemp is illegal because US Govt omitted to amend the constitution. States are allowed to regulate cannabis/hemp cultivation and commerce according to their own state laws.I beg to differ.
Real Reasons Here ...
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on July 05, 2009 at 11:51:07 PT
The Cannabis Conundrum: friend or foe?
The Cannabis Conundrum: friend or foe?July 4Telluride Daily Planet Just as blue eyes and stubborn spirits are genetically inherited from parents, botanical genes code for flower color, seed shape, and stem size as well as the production of molecules important for fragrance, flavor, and natural chemicals.Cannabis sativa, a plant cultivated for thousands of years, contains a genomic region responsible for the production of the psychoactive chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is this chemical that earned Cannabis its illicit label, “marijuana,” and motivated United States lawmakers to outlaw Cannabis cultivation over seventy years ago. The resultant debate to legalize Cannabis stems from social, political, and economic issues that, quite possibly, only modern science can ameliorate.“I can’t think of another plant that is so regarded as a miracle by some and a menace by others,” said George Weiblen, Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota, in a recent interview. 
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Comment #3 posted by museman on July 05, 2009 at 10:23:03 PT
the pollution factor
Has left us with a severely damaged ecosystem, where what used to be a normal fact of life, a suntan, has become a fatal practice that can easily lead to skin cancer. Even with sun block, the UV rays still get through, causing the chromosone 'bubble' that is believed to be the 'cancer.'Other forms of cancer are all linked to changes in the balance of nature due to industrialization. The first noticeable forms of cancer were referred to as 'industrial disease.'Now, ironicly the most feared herb of industrialists (and their wealthy investors) is cannabis. They fear it because of the consciousness it promotes. They were so sure of their own faulty 'science' and 'moderninity' (in the 30's) that they made the number one clause and reason for making cannabis illegal the foolish assumption (not based on fact or research) that 'marijuana has no medicinal properties.'But now the honest science (not motivated by the whims of wealth and power) has proven that not only does cannabis actually have more medicinal properties than any known plant or herb in existence, but it is particularly effective as a cancer inhibitor -which translates to 'cancer preventative.'There is also research (I unfortunately cannot give any links to back up this claim) on evidence that cannabis also helps the body seperate from radiactive elements, a major (and only known) 'cure' for radiation sickness.Within the Constititution of the United States is a little used condition of law, much abused by politicians, and obviously totally misunderstood by the people, the 10th ammendment."..powers not granted to the national government nor prohibited to the states are reserved to the states or the people."The power to choose a doctor, and accept or deny their diagnosis, is not dictated by the feds (although through their rich-owned 'medical plans' and the fed funded medicare comes real close). The power to choose to believe in anything from god to the easter bunny (though manipulated quite effectively through media and other propaganda) is also reserved to the people.The necessity of hunting without a license, in times of hardship, has been proven to be a right that supercedes any statutes or law that would penalize someone for that.If your radiator overheats by a stream or water source that is publicly owned, you have the unquestioned right to 'borrow' some water to put in your car.If your life is threatened by anything, you have the right to move out of the way, or take action that might prevent it. In some states they've even gone so far as to suspend all criminal association with 'self defense' (the Colorado 'make my day' law, for example.)All our lives are threatened by cancer causing UV rays, and many other pollutants. It has been proven that cannabis is the most effective cancer inhibitor in existence (even though they claim to have a 'cure' made up of chemicals that will no doubt be worse than the cancer.)We have an endowed and CONSTITUTIONAL right to prevent ill health if we can. We have a right to prevent cancer by using cannabis. All children should have some cannabis in their diet at this point, because by the time they are adults -at the current rate of global eco destruction- they will have absorbed so much toxicity and radiation they will be in danger of sterility among other things.The witholding of cannabis from humanity is a crime of crimes, and all those who continue to invent and spout falsehoods concerning it, should be tried and convicted as war criminals.You want rights? You better start using them now. If you wait for these criminals to dole out portions of your natural 'god' given, and constitutional rights you will suffer for it.CANNABIS IS A MEDICINE!! CHANGE THE "LAW" NOW!!!!!!screw your money motivated legislations....
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Comment #2 posted by BGreen on July 05, 2009 at 07:57:00 PT
Armani Suites
I stayed there once. Nice rooms and a free continental breakfast.;PTRBG
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on July 05, 2009 at 06:52:10 PT
"As he weighs the arguments for and against.......
This is the kind of thing that just singes the hairs on my butt!!!First of all he is weighing his options. Second, he is doing his political posturing for the small but stubborn few supporters he has left. Third he either does not know of which he speaks or knows and would rather play it safe politically. We need to just weed out these old ideologues [idea logs] and pay attention to what these double-speak geeks are really saying!Think about a governor, think about anyone who will take a cops advice on medicine? I wouldn't take a cops advice on when to cross a street! Cops are professional liars. Oh yea, that covers a great many politicians too.So he weighs the arguments for and against? This man knows more about Armani Suites than cannabis as a medicine!
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