Ohio Legislators To Consider Bill To Legalize MMJ
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Ohio Legislators To Consider Bill To Legalize MMJ
Posted by CN Staff on April 19, 2010 at 06:18:16 PT
By Brad Bauer
Source: Marietta Times
Ohio -- Although polls indicate most Ohioans would support the use of marijuana for medical purposes, most lawmakers won't support the issue because they fear they'll be stoned by voters in future elections.State Rep. Bob Hagan, a Democrat from Youngstown, co-sponsored a bill last week that would make Ohio the 15th state to allow medicinal marijuana. But Hagan said the bill is certain to go nowhere because his colleagues in the legislature aren't brave enough to pass it.
Hagan told the Associated Press that several conservative Republican lawmakers have privately told him that they support medical marijuana, but think it is political suicide to back it publicly.According to the Ohio chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), 73 percent of Ohioans support legalizing marijuana for medical use.Local legislatures could not be reached for comment Sunday.Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said he would strongly oppose medical marijuana in Ohio. He said doctors have synthetic forms of pot, which they can prescribe. Also, he said legalizing marijuana for medicinal use would send mixed signals to children and young adults who may think the drug is safe to use if it can be prescribed."There are a number of drugs available to doctors that will do the same thing marijuana does," Mincks said. "And I've said this many, many times: Marijuana and alcohol are gateway drugs. It is just another step before going to something harder. I've been in this business 40 years and I've never talked to an addict who went from zero to addict. They usually started with alcohol and marijuana and then moved on to their parent's medicine cabinet."In a press release, Tonya Davis, a Montgomery County resident, medical marijuana user and a member of NORML, said the proposed Ohio Medical Compassion Act would help thousands of the state's sick."It's time that Ohio stops wasting taxpayers' dollars arresting, prosecuting and caging up citizens of Ohio for using what science has proven is medicine," she said in the release. "Ohioans have stood up for gambling... It's time they fight for me and thousands just like me."The law would protect patients, doctors, and primary caregivers from arrest and prosecution, and would establish a regulatory framework to govern the distribution of marijuana within the state. Patients would be required to register with the state government so it could ensure that only patients with debilitating medical conditions have access to the drug.Conditions that are most commonly treated with marijuana in states where it is legal include cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Advocates also point out that recent studies indicate pot may be effective in fighting the onset of Alzheimer's, as well as reducing tumor growth in lung cancer patients.Marietta residents Tom and Janice Meyers said they have mixed feelings on the issue."I feel this is a slippery slope," Tom Meyers said. "I think what you'll end up with is a situation where you have a whole lot of people with prescriptions when only a handful may really need it."Janice Meyers said she believes the real intent of the proposal is to move the state one step closer to legalizing the drug for recreational use."I think that's what most of these movements are all about," she said. "Sometimes I think they should just legalize it. Other times, I'm not so sure."Source: Marietta Times, The (OH)Author: Brad BauerPublished: April 19, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Marietta TimesContact: letters mariettatimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #32 posted by Hope on April 20, 2010 at 20:00:59 PT
Hello!I hope you had a wonderful day.It's so good to hear from you.
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Comment #31 posted by FoM on April 20, 2010 at 11:15:59 PT
It's great to see you. I hope all is well. Happy 4/20 to you too!
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Comment #30 posted by fight_4_freedom on April 20, 2010 at 11:13:46 PT
Happy 4-20 Everybody!!!
Go Ohio!!! This has got to make you smile FoM!!! Go Ohio!!!! Miss you all. The next one I inhale is for you yas
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Comment #29 posted by FoM on April 20, 2010 at 05:04:24 PT
Happy 4/20 to you and everyone!
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Comment #28 posted by Hope on April 20, 2010 at 04:17:40 PT
Thank you, Runruff.
I hope you're right.When I went to bed last night, I couldn't sleep, for thinking, "So many people want it to remain illegal? They want their family, their children and grandchildren, their brothers and sisters, and their neighbors to be persecuted, prosecuted, robbed, incarcerated, and worse, because of using a plant? Are they that scared or are they that brainwashed?"What's wrong with people? Why are they participating, apparently so willingly, in something that is going down in history as something not unlike a combination of witch burning, the Inquisition, and the alcohol prohibition of the early twentieth century, with results comparable, and even worse than that alcohol prohibition?Everyone that wants to celebrate today... be safe and have a good day.It's great that Hitler's birthday date was pretty much "confiscated" from him and used to denote a celebration of a plant that was, during his lifetime, often associated with minorities he despised and mistreated.Huzza!Happy 4-20!It's also a time to remember the victims of this hideous idea... the war on drugs. It's the anniversary of the hideous assault on the Veronica and Charity Bowers family by our own government in ally with another government. They killed a mother and child with one bullet that passed through both of them and they hurt a little boy and two innocent men, very, very badly. You prohibitionists do love your prohibition, right or wrong, don't you?
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Comment #27 posted by runruff on April 20, 2010 at 02:33:27 PT
"It's a bit disappointing though."
These are the same corporate bandits on wall street that profit from prohibition and it's many industries.I wouldn't pay this poll to much mind!Ask any American; would you kill or cage a human being for consuming a plant?The score is in the 80s-no!
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Comment #26 posted by BGreen on April 19, 2010 at 22:27:07 PT
I'll be there at about 4:20 :)
Luckily, 4:20 happens at least once an hour across the globe and sometimes twice. :)The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #25 posted by afterburner on April 19, 2010 at 22:04:04 PT
Happy 4/20
I hope y'all can make it to the meeting today.
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on April 19, 2010 at 21:03:43 PT
That poll
It doesn't seem as positive as most polls have been being. Still it's only a little over a thousand people. It's a bit disappointing though.
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Comment #23 posted by Dankhank on April 19, 2010 at 20:44:03 PT
Great info, John
Steve Miller is inextricably linked to the late sixties and early seventies. from 1968 to 1977 he and the Band released 11 albums ... most good with mostly good songs. a prolific musical act. Loved them all, in the day and still today ...Jackson-Kent Blues is one of my all-time faves ...
the music ..................Livin' In the USA ... a comment ... 
gimme a Cheeseburger!!The Steve Miller Band - Industrial Military Complex Hex, John for reminding me ....
I found a discography and am dwnloading, now ...
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on April 19, 2010 at 20:34:48 PT
John Tyler
Thank you for the songs. 
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Comment #21 posted by John Tyler on April 19, 2010 at 19:38:46 PT
Steve Miller Band music
“Seasons” is from the Steve Miller Band's Brave New World CD. The original album was released in about 1968. It has a lot of good songs on it. The Steve Miller Band released several really good albums in the late 60’s. Their first was Sailor, then Children of the Future, this one, and then Your Saving Grace which was pretty good too. They can probably be found in the discount CD bin at a record or discount store near you. This is “Children of the Future”.  This only 3 minutes so you only get a taste of it. Here is another one “In My First Mind”.
 When listened to with the right frame of mind they would just take you to another place. 
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on April 19, 2010 at 19:13:50 PT
John Tyler
The song has beautiful lyrics.
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on April 19, 2010 at 19:09:12 PT
John Tyler
I am listening to Seasons. I've never heard it before. Thank You.
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Comment #18 posted by John Tyler on April 19, 2010 at 18:52:02 PT
I looked through the CNBC web site. Although, the poll wasn’t what I had hoped it would be the rest of the site had the message that cannabis is pretty groovy. By the way, cannabis has been in this country since 1619. It has been woven into the fabric of the culture of this country. It is here to stay. Millions of people love it.
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Comment #17 posted by John Tyler on April 19, 2010 at 18:13:36 PT
If you are in a reflective mood check out this Steve Miller song, Seasons, from yesteryear. It is a beautiful video with a heavy tune. 
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on April 19, 2010 at 18:10:02 PT
John Tyler 
I agree.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on April 19, 2010 at 18:09:32 PT
AP-CNBC Marijuana Poll
AP-CNBC Marijuana Poll--Complete Results & AnalysisApril 19, 2010By: CNBC.com1. Do you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose the complete legalization of the use of marijuana for any purpose? A majority—55 percent—of Americans oppose the complete legalization of marijuana. 33 percent are in favor.Democrats and independents are about evenly divided, while Republicans strongly oppose it, 69 percent to 22 percent. Women (63 percent) oppose legalization more than men (48 percent) do. No noteworthy regional differences. People under age 30 favor legalization, 54 percent to 39 percent, while older groups lean against it, including those aged 50-64 (54 opposed, 33 favor) and those 65+ (73 opposed, 14 for). Whites oppose blanket legalization by about a two-to-one margin, 59 percent to 30 percent. Our sample size for minorities is small but combining blacks and Hispanics, they're about evenly divided, 47 percent opposed and 41 percent in favor. Urban areas are divided roughly evenly, while opponents prevail in suburban and rural areas by about two-to-one. Complete Article:
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Comment #14 posted by John Tyler on April 19, 2010 at 17:52:39 PT
cannabis progress
I agree the tea bag people are just angry that the Democrats are in power and that a Democrat is president and black too, and the fact that he has been fairly successful so far, just makes them scream NO. My feeling is that all of this noise and fuss is turning the prohibitionists’ attention away and cannabis progress is proceeding.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on April 19, 2010 at 16:33:51 PT
Comment 10
I am happy with how things are going now. I can only imagine if McCain was President how bad it would be. I don't even listen to tea party people. They are angry because the Republicans aren't in power and that's about all. 
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Comment #12 posted by RevRayGreen on April 19, 2010 at 12:20:55 PT
Full blown promo for HWWTW screening 4/20/2010
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Comment #11 posted by ezrydn on April 19, 2010 at 11:25:16 PT:
State Legislators
COWARDS in places of power. How appropriate. They're said to be afraid of voting one way and being voted out. They don't consider that it works both ways. Your position means everything while your word means nothing. So, what are you left with when it's all over?
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Comment #10 posted by dongenero on April 19, 2010 at 11:10:36 PT
80% of Americans do not trust the gov.28% are "very" angry at the federal gov.I have an opinion about these polls, these tea party polls.
The demographics have been recently published regarding the tea party as well. PDF link on the page. think the people voicing these opinions did not have such opinions from 2000-2008 when Bush/Cheney was running the show. Oh, but now they turn over a new leaf,...right. I think they are Republicans in "colonial" clothing. I think more than half, at least, know little to nothing about government. I think the other half are willfully ignorant to further conservative Republican agendas along the lines of 2000-2008. I think they would no sooner support state's rights in a case like Raich vs Gonzales, than they would voice support for freedom of religions other than Evangelical Christianity. And they certainly will not support cannabis reform if they are to come to power.I think what they don't trust and what is making them angry about government is that conservatives are not in power, but liberals are and our President- (and I don't care about their denials of this issue, I'm not that naive), is black- and a symbol of anti-white to them. These people represent what we tried to leave behind in 2008. They want it back.
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Comment #9 posted by Had Enough on April 19, 2010 at 10:28:08 PT
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Comment #8 posted by Had Enough on April 19, 2010 at 09:49:18 PT
Broken links in #7 fixed
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Comment #7 posted by Had Enough on April 19, 2010 at 09:21:56 PT
How Weed Won The West Screening
 April 20, 2010
Tue 7:45 PM Location: The Wallflower Gallery 10 NE 3rd StreetMiami, FL 33132305-579-0069 Who's hosting? Steve Janowitz How Weed Won The West will be screened at the Wallflower Gallery on Tuesday April 20, 2010 at 8:00 PM sharp.Admission is $5.00 per person. You can't even get into a movie theater for that...Everyone should already know the significance of 4/20!!!For trailers on this documentary, please go to: http://www.howweedwon...This is a follow up to the documentary "American Drug Wars: The Last White Hope" from Producer/Filmmaker Kevin Booth of Sacred Cow Productions.Miss March High Times Patricia Ortiz will be attending. http://misshightimes.... [Don't forget to vote on a daily basis to get PUFMM recognized]. This is why she is doing this!The Wallflower Gallery is a great venue and has drinks and food [i.e. MUNCHIES] for everyone's taste BUDS.It will start at 8 PM sharpThere will be links added to the event page later, so keep checking in...If you have any questions, please contact: 
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Comment #6 posted by Had Enough on April 19, 2010 at 09:10:05 PT
Rally Time
Apr 20 Tue 6:00 PM Location: Bruce B. Downs/No. 30th St. and Fowler Ave. NE corner of intersection Tampa, FL 33601How to find us:"YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO MISS US!" 
Who's hosting? 
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Comment #5 posted by Had Enough on April 19, 2010 at 09:05:59 PT
US FL: PUB LTE: States' Rights Lost
URL: http://www.novembercoalition.orgVotes: 0Pubdate: Sun, 11 
Apr 2010Source: Gainesville Sun, The (FL)Copyright: 2010 The Gainesville SunContact: Jordan DiazSTATES' RIGHTS LOST Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum ( and anyone who thinks suing the feds over health care is a good idea ) should refer to Raich v. Gonzales or Raich v. Ashcroft. Angel Raich sued the U.S. government saying that the Controlled Substances Act ( 1971 ) was unconstitutional in that all powers not explicitly given to the federal government was therefore inherent to each individual state. The court ruled that Raich's six or so cannabis plants were breaking federal law ( even though growing medicinal cannabis is legal in California ) and therefore affected interstate commerce. I don't remember the Tea Party screaming when the precedent was set with Raich. Jordan Diaz, Gainesville 
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on April 19, 2010 at 07:11:57 PT
New poll!
80% of Americans do not trust the gov.28% are "very" angry at the federal gov.I think this is a PEW Poll.
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on April 19, 2010 at 07:09:05 PT
Federal law will change first!
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 19, 2010 at 06:27:56 PT
We have so many Republicans in Ohio that until people vote them out we won't go anywhere. We need liberal, young and progressive Democrats in control of our state and then maybe we will be able to change the law. 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on April 19, 2010 at 06:20:50 PT
"aren't brave enough to pass it. "
Term limits!How easily they become attached to the sweet and easy job of pretending to be somebody!
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