Med-Pot Debate Features Suthers, Industry Advocate

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  Med-Pot Debate Features Suthers, Industry Advocate

Posted by CN Staff on April 08, 2010 at 04:10:06 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post 
Source: Denver Post 

Denver, CO  -- Two heavyweights of the Colorado legal community faced off Wednesday at the University of Denver law school in a bare-knuckle debate over medical marijuana. The bout pitted lawyer Rob Corry, one of the state's most fiery medical-marijuana advocates, against state Attorney General John Suthers, a staunch critic of the current system. Think of it as a rhetorical cannabis cage match held in a packed lecture hall before an audience that was a 2-to-1 mixture of law students and marijuana activists.
Questions and responses in the debate veered from the densely legal to the broadly philosophical to the cautiously predictive, but the leadoff question was a simple one: Do you believe Colorado's medical-marijuana system, approved at the polls in 2000, is what the voters wanted it to be? Suthers said it isn't, arguing that the system is rife with fraud and that the proliferation of retail marijuana dispensaries far exceeds the limited criminal-law exemption and small-scale patient-and-caregiver model that voters were sold. Voters should be asked whether they want dispensaries, he said."It creates an affirmative (criminal) defense," Suthers said of the state's constitutional provision on medical marijuana. "It doesn't create an industry."Corry, naturally, disagreed, saying it was a "canard" that voters didn't realize where the constitutional measure would lead."It does much more than create an affirmative defense," Corry said of the law's language. ". . . It mentions 'dispensing.' So if dispensing is OK, how can a dispensary not be OK?"This being a debate at a law school, a good bit of discussion ventured deep into the stuff of leather- bound books. There was debate over the Supremacy Clause, the Commerce Clause and the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — all pillars in the bridge between state and federal laws. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: April 8, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #11 posted by Hope on April 08, 2010 at 21:39:31 PT
Comment 10 He was mad.
"Things grew tense toward the end when several marijuana activists at different times began screaming at Suthers. Suthers remained stoic but had a security escort when he left the room following the debate."
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on April 08, 2010 at 17:39:43 PT
He looks so mad! it looks like Congress in session, with all those people in there, apparently, not listening at all.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on April 08, 2010 at 17:17:58 PT
These debates
I hope they do some good.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on April 08, 2010 at 17:14:33 PT
Comment 3  (some more)
Colorado is stirring it up!
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 08, 2010 at 16:28:31 PT
can stick with cooked up chemical pharmaceuticals. They need not approve an recommended herb.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 08, 2010 at 16:25:29 PT
It's difficult to prescribe.
It's an herb. It can only be recommended.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on April 08, 2010 at 16:24:46 PT
Try it. It might help.Recommending is not prescribing.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on April 08, 2010 at 16:23:45 PT
Recommending it. Like recommending a cup of tea. Like recommending exercise and diet.Recommending.
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on April 08, 2010 at 08:06:26 PT
Good read
US CO: Does Marijuana Have Healing Properties? Tue, 06 Apr 2010Source: Denver Daily News (CO)DU Pot Debates Spark Up Yesterday The University of Denver yesterday kicked off a series of debates on marijuana with a discussion of the potential medical benefits N and harms N of the drug. Alice P. Mead, a spokeswoman for a British research company that develops a medical spray from marijuana, argued that the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) should regulate marijuana if doctors are recommending it to patients. She said the FDA process has been carefully crafted for more than 100 years, and while not foolproof, gives medical professionals the information on the purity, potency and identity of a product. "I'm pro the proper testing and standardization of medical products before they're widely distributed to seriously ill patients," she said. In yesterday's discussion, Mead squared off against Sunil Aggarwal, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington. Aggarwal argued that the medical community has extensive knowledge about the 400-plus chemicals in marijuana. More than 17,500 research papers and articles on marijuana or its properties came out in 2008 alone, he said. CONT.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 08, 2010 at 05:54:28 PT
Related Article From The Denver Post
We Must Regulate Medical Marijuana***By State Sen. Chris Romer and Christian ThurstoneApril 8, 2010URL:
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 08, 2010 at 04:37:03 PT

Md. Senate To Hear Medical Marijuana Bill On Floor
April 8, 2010Annapolis, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's Senate is expected to consider legislation on the floor that would legalize medical marijuana.Senators could debate the measure as early as Thursday. The bill would allow pharmacies to distribute marijuana to patients who receive authorization from a physician with whom they have had ongoing medical relationships. It would also re-categorize marijuana as a highly regulated pain medication like morphine, according to bill sponsor Sen. David Brinkley, instead of keeping it in the same category of drugs like heroin.The bill has bipartisan support from Democratic Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and Senate GOP leader Allan Kittleman. Members of two House of Delegates committees have formed a working group to evaluate a similar measure.
On the Net:Senate Bill 627: 2010 The Associated PressURL:
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