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MMJ Law Clears Assembly Health Committee
Posted by CN Staff on January 22, 2010 at 09:26:03 PT
News Story
Source: Hudson Valley Press
Albany, NY -- Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) announced the Assembly Health Committee passed legislation (A.9016) allowing the use of marijuana to treat serious, life-threatening illnesses under a doctor’s supervision. The bill is similar to a measure passed by the Assembly in 2007 and one passed in New Jersey yesterday. The legislation, which received bi-partisan support, now goes to the Assembly Codes Committee.
“There are many New Yorkers with life-threatening illnesses who would benefit from the use of medical marijuana,” Assemblymember Cahill said. “This carefully crafted legislation reflects our compassion for those who need to alleviate chronic pain and suffering. Medical studies show the drug can offer relief to HIV/AIDS, cancer patients and others suffering from serious medical conditions. Its can also be effective treatment for people who don’t respond well to other medications.”This legislation would:• allow a certified patient or designated caregiver with a valid registry ID card to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana;• authorize the state Department of Health to issue ID cards to certified patients and designated caregivers;• allow doctors to certify the use of marijuana for intervals of up to one year for patients suffering from life-threatening conditions – only if the doctor determines it would be more effective than other drugs; and bar patients from using marijuana in public places.While the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, has been approved for medical use by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Agency since 1986 in synthetic pill form, consuming the drug in its natural form – which physicians say is more effective – remains illegal. Assemblymember Cahill stressed that legalizing the medical use of effective medicine does not undermine the message that non-medical use of illegal drugs is wrong.“Many controlled substances including morphine, valium and steroids, are legal for medical use that are otherwise illegal,” Assemblymember. Cahill noted. “Physicians prescribe powerful opiates to relieve pain, they should be able to prescribe marijuana. I urge my colleagues to support this important measure.”Source: Hudson Valley Press, The (NY)Published: January 22, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Hudson Valley PressContact: : editor hvpress.netWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #26 posted by Hope on January 25, 2010 at 08:38:20 PT
Comment 18 Sam
I guess they must be able to taste that crow and squirm a bit. They're probably incorporated and therefore a person... or something equal to one, according to a recent judgment by our Supreme Court.
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Comment #25 posted by Hope on January 25, 2010 at 08:33:27 PT
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That's good to know!
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on January 25, 2010 at 08:30:51 PT
At least you sound strong and determined to get out of there.If I were you I think I'd make it a point to look for work with a small school, even a junior college, in a small community where it's cheaper and safer to live even if it pays drastically less than what you'd like. When being in a place is destroying or hurting or tearing down your very spirit or soul... and I think Miami is doing that to you, it's time to look for a new place to make your stand. You seemed much happier when you were away from there, back a few years ago.
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Comment #23 posted by rchandar on January 25, 2010 at 08:04:48 PT:
It's a matter of time. Nothing more than that. Eudora Welty had this obsession with "place," myself I only like some places better than others. A matter of time. I can't see this kind of life going on for very long. There will be something new. I am sure of it.I don't mind living in the South, the West, the Northeast. These are all great places to live because the sense of discovery is absolute and the possibilities are fresh. We are looking for that. Don't worry, we will bury this "mistake on the Atlantic", and for good.--rchandar
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on January 25, 2010 at 07:48:25 PT
I really wish you could get out. 
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Comment #21 posted by rchandar on January 25, 2010 at 07:45:54 PT:
FoM, take heart...
...we don't respect the law, or the criminals, or anybody. What we do isn't casual--I can assure you, it's rocket science.No, if you are married, or have kids, I'd say Miami is out. I'd rather live in New York, or San Francisco. This remains very much an outlaw city. You learn to talk fast, challenge everybody who comes in your way, and generally behave like an a#$hole. That's common, not exceptional: it was never good here, and I'm still trying to get out.--rchandar
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on January 25, 2010 at 07:40:56 PT
I am totally out of the loop because of my surgery but I agree that Miami is one tough area. I think Little Haiti is in or near Miami. I was with my husband when we had to deliver washing machines. They had armed guards to protect the truck drivers. It freaked me out knowing that people must live under such fear.
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Comment #19 posted by rchandar on January 25, 2010 at 07:14:35 PT:
Miami is an evil, horrible, criminal city where people get killed. Every day, at the end of the day you praise God that you are still alive. Thinking about the number of people this city has killed gives me nightmares sometimes. It must number in the hundreds of thousands, possibly millions. I'm exaggerating, but the potential for such senseless violence and cruelty is always here.--rchandar
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Comment #18 posted by Sam Adams on January 24, 2010 at 09:46:35 PT
CSM eating crow
FOm - hope you are doing well recovering! Remember the awful editorial from the Christian Science Monitor recently? Thought this was a great article from them - they're losing badly and they hate it! watch them squirm:"In addition to being at the forefront of medical marijuana law, California now is considering legalizing and regulating the general use of marijuana.A proposed bill would remove marijuana and derivatives from existing statutes defining them as controlled substances and make it legal to possess, sell, and cultivate marijuana by those 21 and older, reports the Monitor’s Daniel B. Wood. It sets up wholesale and retail sales regulation with special fees to fund drug abuse prevention programs. And it bans local and state assistance “in enforcing inconsistent federal and other laws.”A recent poll in California shows overwhelming public support for the idea."
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on January 24, 2010 at 09:43:02 PT
I am up for a few minutes. I have been in bed almost all the time sleeping. I'm ready to go back to bed. Sleeping is best after surgery. Walk a little and go back to bed is how I've done it in the past. I'll talk to you all later but for now bed is calling.
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on January 23, 2010 at 19:45:13 PT
This is strange without your Hal like presence, FoM!
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on January 23, 2010 at 19:40:53 PT
Today was a day with a good deal of pain. Thankfully I have been able to sleep. I'm headed back to bed soon.
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on January 23, 2010 at 19:16:09 PT
PA. Should Follow Jersey's Lead On Medical Marijua
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Comment #13 posted by herbdoc215 on January 23, 2010 at 16:46:22 PT
Hope, thanks for keeping us up on FoM
I was worrying about her hurting today and am happy to have the news :) peace, steve
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on January 23, 2010 at 16:32:24 PT
The dawn of peace, in the cannabis justice issue,
is so not upon us yet.I have seen glimmers in the East though. Glimmers in the darkness. Clouds get in the way of the search, the hope, for signs of that great dawn, too.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on January 23, 2010 at 16:29:02 PT
She's being well attended to
and she is doing great, it sounds to me like.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on January 23, 2010 at 15:43:45 PT
Thank you. I have only been out of bed for just a little while today. I'm heading back to bed soon. Hope called me and we had a good conversation except I wasn't making much sense. LOL!
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on January 23, 2010 at 15:29:07 PT
"Wrestling with an octopus".
Growing concerns: Advisory board broaches the issue of pot on public land
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on January 23, 2010 at 13:01:44 PT
BGreen and RChandar
I second that mending, BGreen.RChandar. Calm is good if you can find it.Adding sweetness to that calm is a neat thing, too.And if you get all that and can add love, it's even better.
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Comment #7 posted by rchandar on January 23, 2010 at 12:04:14 PT:
It is never "calm" here. Some days function better than others. I take them one day at a time...
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Comment #6 posted by BGreen on January 23, 2010 at 11:55:23 PT
Let's all focus our energy on FoM
This is probably a hard day for her pain wise and she could use a little help from our positive energy and prayers.Peaceful comfort and restful healing is my wish for FoM.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on January 23, 2010 at 10:45:56 PT
Off Topic
I knew it! It's sickening.Most U.S. Union Members Are Working for the Government, New Data Shows
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on January 23, 2010 at 10:43:27 PT
New York Times
California: Court Rejects Marijuana Limit
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on January 23, 2010 at 10:40:34 PT
I hope things are calmer there for you. For a while, anyway.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on January 23, 2010 at 10:39:23 PT
Madison, Wisconsin
Smokin’ Medical Cannabis Benefit at High Noon Saloon Sunday Jan. 24!
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Comment #1 posted by rchandar on January 22, 2010 at 14:02:28 PT:
I thought I'd put aside some of the bickering and speak to the fold, with FoM: If you want to do something this year, the elections for Congress are in November. We've got to give this one our all, to prevent the GOP from acquiring any kind of majority in Congress.Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts should amount to a wake-up call: now the GOP can play "Gang of 41" in preventing Obama legislation from being signed into law. Please, we don't want 1994 again, such a nightmare: get out there and support your congresspeople this summer, it is worth everything and is signatory to our fight, to keep existing legislation in place, to support congressmen and congresswomen who were sympathetic to our cause, and to prevent GOP reactionaries from strong-arming Obama into abandoning his pragmatic approach to drugs policy.We've got an admirable margin of time, ten months! Fight for our Congress seats.-rchandar
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