Dems Want To Legalize MMJ To Help Plug Budget Gap
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Dems Want To Legalize MMJ To Help Plug Budget Gap
Posted by CN Staff on March 23, 2010 at 09:32:14 PT
By Glenn Blain, Daily News Albany Bureau
Source: New York Daily News
Albany, N.Y. -- Senate Democrats are counting on a pot of gold! They want to legalize medical marijuana as a way to generate nearly $15 million in licensing fees to help plug the state's $9 billion budget gap."It is the right thing to do and there is revenue attached to it," said state Sen. Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan). Duane and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) are behind the plan to make it legal for folks with serious medical woes to score limited amounts of weed from state-certified distributors - or grow it themselves.
The Senate still needs to approve the provision, though Dems included revenue projections from the sale of medical marijuana in their 2010-2011 budget proposal. "It's ludicrous," needled Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn).Golden and other Republicans said the Democrats' budget proposal is laden with one-time-only gimmicks, including raising $700 million through the refinancing of tobacco bonds first issued in 2003. Snipped   Complete Article: New York Daily News (NY)Author: Glenn Blain, Daily News Albany BureauPublished: March 23, 2010Copyright: 2010 Daily News, L.P.Website: voicers edit.nydailynews.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by John Tyler on March 23, 2010 at 20:23:38 PT
a godsend, of course it is 
Rich Morosky told lawmakers it's a godsend. He probably doesn’t know how right he is. The Hindu God Shiva is reputed to have brought cannabis down from the Himalayan Mountains to give to mankind to bring them relief from their suffering. It is a miracle plant. It can bring healing to the body, mind and spirit and it would seem even change the minds of stubborn politicians and bring them clarity of thinking, plus some extra money to the treasury. Now that is a miracle. As mentioned in an earlier post we have held to our convictions about this plant and it has led us to truth, while the prohibitionist have gone in circles with their lies and have ended up in confusion. Keep up the good work one and all.
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Comment #9 posted by runruff on March 23, 2010 at 16:45:51 PT
What I see!
Every day that goes by, more and more I see, the prohibitionist are looking more and more like naysayers of health care. As each State enters into a state of sanity, with the passage of time, the naysayers of legalization appear to be more and more wrong.It is good that we have stuck to our truth for all these years. Naysayers have proven to be very convincing at times and at times even powerful.Health care and legalization. I wonder what the rich people are doing? 
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Comment #8 posted by Sam Adams on March 23, 2010 at 15:08:06 PT
budget item
this is extremely good news, when they really want to do something they stick it in the budget, much easier and less controversial. LEO, DA's can't fight it as well, etc.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on March 23, 2010 at 14:43:27 PT
NY Lawmakers Mull Medical Marijuana Legislation
March 23, 2010Albany, N.Y. (CBS) -- New York's medical marijuana bill has already passed the State House and now has favorably cleared a key Senate Committee as part of the state budget. Millions in license fees are at stake, but proponents say that's not the reason it should be approved.This is coming only months after New Jersey passed a similar law. Patients suffering from neurological and muscular diseases report tremendous relief from smoking pot and as a muscular dystrophy patient, Rich Morosky told lawmakers it's a godsend.Morosky was in Albany Tuesday describing life before marijuana. "I would literally have to straighten my arms out, untangle my fingers," he said. "Once I got up to therapeutic dosage in my bloodstream, it's not like I'm getting all wacky and having a good time. I'm medicated, and this medicine works."URL:
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Comment #6 posted by goneposthole on March 23, 2010 at 14:42:26 PT
Pure Genius
Legalize and tax legal medical cannabis sales because cannabis does wonders and the population no longer suffers and the government's coffers increase... because it is now known marinol does wonders for stroke victims.Cannabis was first, then marinol. Mother Nature did her job.ti's a no brainer... cannabis works.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on March 23, 2010 at 14:34:53 PT
Medical Marijuana Bill Will Likely Allow Growing 
March 23, 2010 WASHINGTON - D.C. lawmakers are discussing adding a provision to a medical marijuana bill that would allow authorized users to grow the plants for their personal use.D.C. voters approved the creation of a medical marijuana law in 1998, but Congress had blocked it until recently. Council member Phil Mendelson, who chairs a committee with oversight over the bill, said Tuesday that a so-called "home cultivation" provision was being discussed. Mendelson's committee and another with oversight over the bill could recommend language for the full council to adopt as early as next week.Of the 14 states allow medical marijuana, 13 states currently allow so-called "home cultivation." Most states allow people to cultivate five to six plants, said National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws executive director Allen St. Pierre.Copyright: 2010 The Associated PressURL:
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Comment #4 posted by Richard Zuckerman on March 23, 2010 at 14:34:36 PT:
Moving to California for the
I have been planning to move to California in about three months in order to vote for the November 2010 ballot measure, and to attend college without any mandatory vaccinations requirement.
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Comment #3 posted by ezrydn on March 23, 2010 at 14:25:26 PT
States Are Figuring It Out
And, the Perfect Storm Rises....The Prohibs want the government to give them money it doesn't have.The Reformers want to give the government money it needs.Hellova arguement, let me tell ya. Come on over, New York. We've got a nice, cozy spot for ya.
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Comment #2 posted by Storm Crow on March 23, 2010 at 10:41:26 PT
"Democrats' budget proposal"...
... is laden with one-time-only gimmicks,"So? The idea was to pay off a debt. I think that you pay a debt only ONCE, and when it's paid, it's gone! Right? At least, that's how my bills work! I certainly wouldn't want to be charged over and over to pay a debt that is already gone! "One time only gimmicks" sound better than being billed again and again, for something that you already took care of! 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on March 23, 2010 at 10:39:32 PT
Well, there goes the NY market!
I am just kidding. [sort of]Go NY!
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