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Cancer Survivor Rips Gov. Lynch for Veto 
Posted by CN Staff on July 11, 2009 at 10:04:31 PT
By Michael Mccord
Source: Portsmouth Herald
New Hampshire -- Gov. John Lynch's veto of the medical marijuana bill was met with mixed reactions locally.In his veto message, Lynch said while "I have been open, and remain open, to allowing tightly controlled usage of marijuana for appropriate medical purposes," the "defects" in the bill that passed with bipartisan support in the Legislature prevented his support.
"I have tremendous compassion for people who believe medical marijuana will help alleviate the symptoms of serious illnesses and the side effects of medical treatment," Lynch said. "But in making laws, it is not enough to have an idea worthy of consideration. The details of the legislation must also be right."Lynch's reasoning did not convince a cancer survivor who ate marijuana cookies to help her deal with the painful side effects of chemotherapy more than a decade ago."I am angry and I think it's just crazy that we couldn't get this bill passed," said Nancy Grossman of Portsmouth. "This bill couldn't be tighter. I don't understand (Lynch's) position."Grossman and other cancer survivors had met with aides of Lynch recently to lobby for the bill, and she plans "on a busy summer" to convince lawmakers to override Lynch's veto.Rep. Trinka Russell, D-Stratham, one of the bill's co-sponsors, said she was disappointed but not surprised by Lynch's veto because of his previous concerns. But the veto has made Russell more determined to get the bill right."I think it really bothers me when there are so many in pain who would be helped by this," Russell said. "We will try again, because it's important to me and it's a worthy cause. Sometimes the time isn't right, and you need to be patient to get the right bill."The medical marijuana bill  which passed the Senate by a 14-10 vote and 232-108 in the House  allowed for small distributions of the drug through so-called "compassion centers" to serve some 150 terminally ill and acute care patients per year. New Hampshire would have been the 14th state in the country to allow some form of medical marijuana distribution.Lynch focused his veto message on potential abuses of distribution and use."Law enforcement officials have raised legitimate public safety concerns regarding the cultivation and distribution of marijuana," Lynch said. "These concerns have not been adequately addressed in this bill. Marijuana is an addictive drug that has the potential to pose significant health dangers to its users, and it remains the most widely abused illegal drug in this state."Supporters said plenty of safeguards had been built in to limit distribution. But opponents, such as Portsmouth Police Chief Michael Magnant, had encouraged Lynch to veto the bill."Calling it medicine doesn't make it so," Magnant told the Herald. "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 Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth, said the Legislature "leaned over backwards to create the most focused law in the country"  and that Lynch's concerns and those of law enforcement were "ill-founded" and had been addressed."We should have policy in place that cares for our most vulnerable, and that's what the legislation did," she said. "The reality is that if a person wants to get marijuana, they can get it. I don't believe we are going to see people taking advantage of people who are truly ill. Sometimes, controversial legislation doesn't succeed the first time. It takes a while to educate the public, policy makers and leaders why it's the correct and appropriate thing to do."Source: Portsmouth Herald (NH)Author: Michael MccordPublished: July 11, 2009Copyright: 2009 Seacoast NewspapersContact: news seacoastonline.comWebsite: http://www.seacoastonline.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/7GvYta2RRelated Articles: Medical Marijuana Bill Vetoed http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread24915.shtmlLynch Vetoes Bill Legalizing Medical Pothttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread24914.shtml
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on July 14, 2009 at 14:48:48 PT
Mykey420
Loved your videos. Thanks.
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Comment #17 posted by mykeyb420 on July 12, 2009 at 18:25:15 PT:
Thanks
Camp is a wonderful time for both counselors and campers,, I have a blast watching the kids have a blast. Ive been at this camp for 6 years in a row so far. Seeing them grow up each year is the best reward.if you would like to see my still photos,,send me an email request and Ill send an invite ( Easyshare by Kodak gallery)
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on July 12, 2009 at 07:55:46 PT
mykeyb420 
I loved the videos. Thank you. I bet you had a wonderful time and   I'm sure the children did too.
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Comment #15 posted by knightshade on July 12, 2009 at 06:07:20 PT:
the letter GCW posted
is definately something we will be seeing more in the way ofbut i have to make one correctionthe people of the united states were able to choose what they wanted to do with/put in their bodies between 1776 and 1937and we still are. but those pesky Badged Bastards keep trying to get in the way.
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Comment #14 posted by GeoChemist on July 12, 2009 at 05:53:43 PT
Gang.....
John English (examiner) has decided to respond to my challenge (sort of), this guy is a loon but easy to call-out. I can handle this moron on my own but if anyone would like to add their knowledge to knock down his lies feel free to jump in. A good thing about that site is, anyone can comment and there is no registration; type any name you wish, your comments and the 3-letters in the box and click send.....It's like fishing in a barrel.....End of line.
http://www.examiner.com/x-11932-Portland-Drug-Policy-Examiner
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on July 12, 2009 at 04:35:02 PT
mykeyb420
Welcome back! Youtube is down for maintenance but I will check out the links when they are back on line.
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Comment #12 posted by kaptinemo on July 12, 2009 at 04:18:36 PT:
It's going to require a court case
Lies about cannabis are allowed to perpetuate because the liars are never punished for uttering them. And the only way to make sure that they do get punished is to have those lies repeated in a venue where there is such punishment. And that means a court of law. Somehow, some way, the myriad studies that disprove the lies told about cannabis must be interjected into a court case, and the prohibitionists made to 'stand and deliver' regarding the basis of their continued intransigence in repeating lies in the face of those studies.Until that happens, we can expect more of this bald-faced mendacity despite the mountain of evidence that contradicts it. 
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Comment #11 posted by anunlikelyally on July 12, 2009 at 03:25:25 PT:
If no MMJ, then at least a defense
If Lynch still won't go for a medical cannabis program, NH legislators (if they are unable to override this erroneous decision) should try at least for a medical necessity defense act, modeled on Maryland's law. Yes, police will still arrest and process patients, but at least a sensible judge will be able to tell that these patients don't belong in jail, and can release them. Perhaps Lynch would be willing to agree to that.
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Comment #10 posted by mykeyb420 on July 11, 2009 at 22:14:19 PT
more video
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Comment #9 posted by mykeyb420 on July 11, 2009 at 20:41:47 PT
off topic,,,im back
Hi all ,,
 I just got back from summer camp,,,,here is a video of me and my camper on a roller coaster,,,ya think he likes it???
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Comment #8 posted by EAH on July 11, 2009 at 15:18:33 PT:
more lies
"Law enforcement officials have raised legitimate public safety concerns regarding the cultivation and distribution of marijuana," Lynch said. "These concerns have not been adequately addressed in this bill. Marijuana is an addictive drug that has the potential to pose significant health dangers to its users, and it remains the most widely abused illegal drug in this state."I dispute the legitimacy of their concerns. 
Cannabis IS NOT ADDICTIVE. That is a LIE. We have policy being guided by lies?
Specifically what health dangers are you calling significant? For people with 
terminal illnesses?
It's an herb, a plant, not a drug. It's a fallacy to refer to all use as "abuse".
The Governor plainly doesn't know what he is talking about and should defer to those that do, reform of bad policy is impossible if it's done this way.
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on July 11, 2009 at 15:04:02 PT
Great letter:
This letter is in at least a few Washington state papers today.US WA: PUB LTE:Tell kids the truth about drugsI have a 23-year-old son who is a success and has never tried pot.But the drug czar (Gil Kerlikowske) has a son who was jailed for marijuana sales and assault.The drug czar has been an anti drug use zealot for all his life, yet his kid has chosen to smoke a little pot and make money off of it.My 23-year-old son was always told the truth about medical use of marijuana. (I have hepatitis C and use and grow medical marijuana.)Kerlikowske's son grew up with all the lies his father told him.I think my son turned out better. He has never decided to drink or smoke anything. And he is a success! And he votes in favor of marijuana being legalized.United States citizens have never had a chance to have a say about what we choose to put into our own bodies; that time is NOW.Please legalize medical marijuana for everyone who needs it for their health around the country.I am counting on YOU to make it legal for once in my life. Before I die from Hep-C.Thank you very much!Darral Good
Shorelinehttp://www.enterprisenewspapers.com/article/20090708/ETP21/707089890/-1/ETPZONEMC&template=ETPZoneMCartAnd coming soon to MAP 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on July 11, 2009 at 14:39:32 PT
Comment 4
I hate signing up for websites. Sometimes it absolutely has to be done, though. This is one of those times.I'd like to see at least everyone here register and be heard as one of those "Tens of millions" that Mr. St. Pierre speaks of.It seems important to me that we shouldn't let him or Mr. Newland down. It's a such a small thing that could be quite important.http://www.opposingviews.com/articles/opinion-marijuana-bust-leads-to-government-banning-free-speech-r-1247009751Thank you, Observer.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on July 11, 2009 at 13:48:56 PT
observer
Thank you.
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Comment #4 posted by observer on July 11, 2009 at 12:51:42 PT
Bob Newland, Gagged from Cannabis Advocacy in USA
Today's PollDoes a judge restricting marijuana advocate Bob Newland's activities violate his constitutional rights?= = =Writes Allen St. Pierre:
 "Being banned from public advocacy regarding something
you--and clearly tens of millions of other Americans agree
should be discussed publicly--maybe the cruelest cut of all.
One that I suspect is ironically going to draw more
attention/media awareness to your 'run-of-the-mill' cannabis
bust than any cannabis possession case in your state's
history (if it has not already). "
http://www.opposingviews.com/articles/opinion-marijuana-bust-leads-to-government-banning-free-speech-r-1247009751US: Marijuana advocate Bob Newland gets 45 days in jail, probationhttp://drugnewsbot.org/article/rapidcityjournal7724.htmhttp://mapinc.org/topic/Bob+Newland
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on July 11, 2009 at 11:40:01 PT
There is only one word needed.
Convoluted! Their arguments and tattered reasoning is becoming more and more convoluted as they try to justify the unjustifiable.Here again I see the same analogy; While the two farmers argued over the price of milk, someone stole the cow!These power brokers do not have the authority to say whether or not we can use a plant! We can use this god given plant any way we want and I'll be spanked with a porcupine before I will ever let someone as ambitious and disingenuous as MR. Lynch tell me I can not!
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Comment #2 posted by GeoChemist on July 11, 2009 at 11:03:24 PT
Well, at least I think.......
......I toned down the language of my letters a bit: In regards to your quote involving "medical marijuana": "Calling it medicine doesn't make it so," Magnant told the Herald. "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."
It sure does send the wrong message, i.e. you are liars and cannot be trusted.
So now you're a doctor. It's amazing really, a GED/HS diploma and 6 months at a junior college makes one an expert in nothing especially biology/biochemistry. You're a member of law enforcement, your opinion on the law 
matters not and means nothing as you are not a law maker. What's the quote "cops" like to use? "If you don't like the law, change it." Well times are-a-changing. I pose this challenge to you; it is a standing challenge that has yet to be met: Though nothing smoked is harmless, enlighten me as to what makes cannabis so dangerous? We know it isn't the THC as that is a schedule III substance. So what chemical(s) are lurking in cannabis that makes it so dangerous? Better yet, what in cannabis is more harmful than the isotopes of uranium-238 found in tobacco? Good day.
LMAO....I hate (most) cops..............End of line
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Comment #1 posted by GeoChemist on July 11, 2009 at 10:47:42 PT
It sure does 
send the wrong message to kids: We are liars. It's amazing really, a GED/HS diploma and 6 months at a junior college makes one an expert in NOTHING......End of line
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