Med Pot Advocates Roll Out Poll Showing Support

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  Med Pot Advocates Roll Out Poll Showing Support

Posted by CN Staff on December 01, 2009 at 04:50:44 PT
By Tim Hoover, The Denver Post 
Source: Denver Post  

Denver, CO -- Medical marijuana advocates released a poll Monday they said shows overwhelming support — by a 2-to-1 margin — for licensing and regulating cannabis dispensaries popping up across Colorado.The poll comes as lawmakers are drafting legislation to regulate the burgeoning industry, a response to legal developments that have left local governments and medical marijuana dispensaries seeking clarity.
"There's vast public support for responsibly regulated medical marijuana," said Matt Brown, executive director of Coloradoans for Medical Marijuana Regulation, a coalition of dispensaries and growers that helped sponsor the poll.However, Attorney General John Suthers, a Republican who has opposed medical marijuana as violating federal law, made little of the poll results."It's easy to say in a vacuum that voters support the type of medical marijuana distribution system that the dispensary owners advocate, but the devil is in the details," Suthers said. "Once the voters understand the full extent that the current system is being abused to allow healthy young people to procure marijuana, they will be much less likely to support it."The telephone poll of 500 likely Colorado voters asked just one question regarding medical marijuana.In the survey, which had a margin of error of 4.38 percent, respondents were first told there were "some proposals that voters might be voting on in the election next November."Then they were presented with a three-part proposal that included establishing state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, allowing communities to limit the number of dispensaries and subject them to zoning, and requiring patients to register with the state while setting limits on the amount of marijuana they can buy.Finally, they were asked if they would vote yes or no on the proposal.In fact, medical marijuana advocates said, there is no effort to place any ballot measure before voters in 2010, and the question was merely an attempt to gauge public sentiment around the issue.Still, 64 percent of respondents said "yes" to the proposal, with 34 percent saying they would be a "strong yes." Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author:  Tim Hoover, The Denver PostPublished: December 1, 2009Copyright: 2009 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #9 posted by FoM on December 01, 2009 at 10:05:34 PT
Just a Comment
I just got off the phone with Hope. Her card went down and she can't get online. She should be back tomorrow. It's frustrating to be down for days but she'll be back as soon as she is able.
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Comment #8 posted by Sam Adams on December 01, 2009 at 08:47:59 PT
Massachusetts Police killing
I'm sorry to report another apparent cannabis police killing, this time for the CIVIL offense of smoking a joint - and not wearing a seat belt: friend, who witnessed the confrontation from outside his truck after it was stopped at a pre-Thanksgiving sobriety checkpoint in North Andover, said as many as 20 police officers - their arms flailing - surrounded Howe, according to an account of the testimony provided to the Globe yesterday by Boston lawyer Frances A. King.According to King’s account of the driver’s statement, when the car’s occupants realized they were approaching a police checkpoint, Howe moved to put out a marijuana cigarette and latch his seat belt as two state troopers neared the truck. One was at the driver’s window and another at the passenger’s window. The officers instructed the men to lower their windows, King said.“She then immediately insisted that they exit the truck, and tried to drag him [Howe] out of the truck, and that’s when she yelled that he assaulted her and the chaos broke out.’’
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Comment #7 posted by tintala on December 01, 2009 at 08:43:23 PT:
Love the "devil in the details" quote
They aliken cannabis to the devils drugs , STILL! Pure unadulterated FEAR and PRopoganda with alot of denial mixed in there.... I guess all of the stores that sell liquor and tobacco, are "THE ANGELS IN THE DETAILS?"Tobacco killed my grandpa and is killing my dad.Whiskey got the best of them even before tobacco. If anyone grew up the way I did, the details are are obvious, emphysema,lung cancer, heart disease,cirrhosis, tooth loss...
I grew up with my dad drinking and driving , whiskey, he was always drunk, never did get busted while driving, the other day he says, but smoking cannabis is illegal, i said so is drinking and driving, and you have done it all your life , but you never got caught and that's why it's totally acceptable to you.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on December 01, 2009 at 07:21:13 PT

PA MMJ Public Hearing To Be Held in Harrisburg
Medical Marijuana Public Hearing To Be Held in HarrisburgBy Michael BuckDecember 01, 2009***The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the use of medical marijuana at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Harrisburg.The Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana act, House Bill 1393, would allow the medicinal use of marijuana for seriously ill patients, providing they have a doctor's prescription.The bill would allow patients to grow six marijuana plants or buy marijuana through "compassion centers." The patients would be protected from arrest and the sales of marijuana would be taxed, according to the bill.The Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C., advocacy group for the reformation of marijuana laws, says the hearing would be the first-ever in Pennsylvania.The bill was introduced in April by Mark Cohen, D-Philadelphia. The hearing will be held in the majority caucus room, 225 Main Capitol Building in Harrisburg.The New Jersey Senate approved a similar bill in October. The state Assembly has not yet voted, but the Wall Street Journal reported today Gov. Jon Corzine would sign the bill if it landed on his desk.Copyright: 2009 PennLive LLC.House Bill 1393:
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 01, 2009 at 06:40:18 PT

Psych Central: Marijuana To Control Alcohol Abuse

By Rick Nauert PhD, Senior News EditorReviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. December 1, 2009 ***A new research effort has a provocative outcome as University of California-Berkeley researchers suggest substituting cannabis for treatment of heavy alcohol abuse.Research published in BioMed Central’s open access Harm Reduction Journal features a poll of 350 cannabis users, finding that 40 percent used cannabis to control their alcohol cravings, 66 percent as a replacement for prescription drugs and 26 percent for other, more potent illegal drugs.Amanda Reiman carried out the study at the UC-Berkeley Patient’s Group, a medical cannabis dispensary.She said, “Substituting cannabis for alcohol has been described as a radical alcohol treatment protocol. This approach could be used to address heavy alcohol use in the British Isles - people might substitute cannabis, a potentially safer drug than alcohol with less negative side effects, if it were socially acceptable and available.”Reiman found that 65 percent of people reported using cannabis as a substitute because it has fewer adverse side effects than alcohol, illicit or prescription drugs, 34 percent because it has less withdrawal potential and 57.4 percent because cannabis provides better symptom management.Reiman believes this discovery brings up two important points.“First, self-determination, the right of an individual to decide which treatment or substance is most effective and least harmful for them. Secondly, the recognition that substitution might be a viable alternative to abstinence for those who can’t or won’t completely stop using psychoactive substances.”Speaking about legalization of cannabis, Reiman added, “The economic hardship of the Great Depression helped bring about the end of alcohol prohibition. Now, as we are again faced with economic struggles, the U.S. is looking to marijuana as a potential revenue generator.“Public support is rising for the legalization of recreational use and remains high for the use of marijuana as a medicine. The hope is that this interest will translate into increased research support and the removal of current barriers to conducting such research, such as the Schedule I/Class B status of marijuana.”Copyright: 2009 Psych CentralURL:
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 01, 2009 at 05:59:23 PT

PA: Pane To Tout Merits of Medical Marijuana
December 1, 2009Pennsylvania -- The head of Serento Gardens Alcoholism & Drug Services will appear before Pennsylvania lawmakers this week to speak in favor of medical marijuana.Ed Pane, president and chief executive officer of the Hazleton organization, said he'll deliver testimony Wednesday when the House of Representatives' Health and Human Services Subcommittee holds its first hearing on House Bill 1393, the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act."These hearings on medical marijuana are the first of their kind" in Pennsylvania, Pane said.URL:
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on December 01, 2009 at 05:30:20 PT

the devil
"the devil is in the details," Suthers saidYes, let's talk about that. The detail is cannabis prohibition, persecution and extermination; (which is) the devil's work (from the beginning). 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on December 01, 2009 at 05:26:45 PT

Listen To NPR
Marijuana Sales Boost Northern California CountyNovember 30, 2009Excerpt: "It used to be like the Grateful Dead-style hippie thing, everyone's peace and chill," he says. "But now it's more like these aggressive, just transient kind of lifestyles. It's not like the whole peace, love and granola thing anymore."URL:
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