Should Marijuana Be Legal For All?
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Should Marijuana Be Legal For All?
Posted by CN Staff on July 14, 2010 at 19:21:22 PT
Source: Press-Telegram 
California -- Editorial writers are famous for their balance - sort of. On the one hand, we see the positive side of an issue. On the other hand, we see the negatives. After all is said, though, we sometimes come to a conclusion and actually state an opinion. Now we're inviting you to do the same - sort of. Each week we'll ask readers to give us your opinions - pro or con - on a topic in the news. This week it's marijuana. First some background. 
In 1996, voters approved Prop. 215, which legalized marijuana for medicinal uses. In the years since then, marijuana cooperatives have sprouted - it's estimated that Long Beach has 85 pot shops. Soon that will be trimmed back to 35 when a lottery is held. But not before some tight restrictions on location, along with hefty fees and possible taxes for permits and operation. As it stands, any adult can get a "recommendation" (wink-wink) for marijuana for a medical use only. But "medical use" is pretty ambiguous, which is why pot shops have sprouted like, well, weeds. In November, voters will be asked whether they favor legalizing recreational marijuana. Some fear the sky will fall if Proposition 19 is approved; others feel that if the drug were made legal, the state could collect much-needed tax revenue - an estimated $1.3 billion. On the one hand, we think marijuana should be legal for use by any adult. On the other hand, we're skeptical about the tax issue. Will large growers in Northern California, not to mention consumers, readily pay taxes on a commodity that so far has been tax-free? Here comes the question: Do you favor legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana? Please do as we say, and not as we do, by taking either a strong pro or con position. We welcome slightly longer comments, too. Send your comments by e-mail only to: question by 5 p.m. Thursday. Please include your name and city. We'll publish as many comments as space allows Monday on this page. Source: Long Beach Press-Telegram (CA)Published: July 14, 2010Copyright: 2010 Los Angeles Newspaper GroupContact: speakout presstelegram.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #16 posted by herbdoc215 on July 17, 2010 at 14:10:58 PT
We can shame them...and expose them!
El Sohy at UMISS and his company the gov't gave him money to create in small biz loans the rest of us would love to have has MANY patents.
In example, the very patent for preparing THC compounds from cannabis has been granted to these thieves...United States Patent 
Elsohly , et al. 
December 28, 1999 Method of preparing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol esters Abstract
The present invention provides an economical and efficient process for converting delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol to a variety of ester analogs. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is esterified by reaction with a carboxylic acid, an acid halide or an acid anhydride in the presence of a 4-aminopyridine either alone or in admixture with an organic amine such as a mono-, di-, or tri-alkyl amine. Inventors: 
Elsohly; Mahmoud A. (Oxford, MS); Ross; Samir A. (Oxford, MS); Feng; Shixia (Oxford, MS) 
University of Mississippi (University, MS) 
Appl. No.: 
October 26, 1998It's amazing how much the public has been kept from the truth! peace, steve
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Comment #15 posted by dankhank on July 16, 2010 at 21:07:02 PT
this page ...
has some great posts ... keep thinking and sharing ... great ... all peace to the thinkers ...
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Comment #14 posted by kaseyj on July 16, 2010 at 09:50:34 PT:
If people could get past their own personal vendetas against drugs and look at the pure economic boom it would have then maybe it would go a little faster. not to mention the peaceful ness of the communities and the reduction in use of narcotics. people need to stop seeing it as legalizing a drug, its letting people medicate the healthiest way you can.
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Comment #13 posted by FiddleMan on July 16, 2010 at 09:37:53 PT
Perhaps I should have asked - "How can these Unconstitutional Laws continue? 
(Prohibition IS INDEED LAW – despite its unconstitutionality!)– Legalize Cannabis Now!
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Comment #12 posted by FiddleMan on July 16, 2010 at 09:30:30 PT
Cannabis Prohibition IS VERY Unconstitutional...
I have often wondered about this as well... If the Constitution is the ultimate law of the land, then how is it possible to create a law that Directly Violates the Constitution? Prohibition should not exist. Prohibition violates the individual freedoms provided by the Constitution. Cannabis Prohibition is unconstitutional without even considering Cannabis’ incorrect Scheduling – The proof that Cannabis has Medicinal value IS IN THE GOVERNMENT PATENTS! This fact cannot be challenged!Also, what about Drug Czars? What does the constitution say about creating a government job with the written job requirement of “Lying to the Public”? That can’t be right either…So, Prohibition is unconstitutional (and was originally passed based on a lie);
Cannabis being placed in Schedule 1 is unconstitutional (and the government’s patent proves that they are lying);
Drug Czars are unconstitutional (We [the taxpayers] are forced to pay this guy to lie to us all!)If it is proven in a court of law that these things are indeed unconstitutional, then shouldn’t these laws be abandoned?How can this lawlessness continue? 
– Legalize Cannabis Now!
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Comment #11 posted by Brandon Perera on July 16, 2010 at 04:57:23 PT:
Sue the government 
Sue them for cigerettes and making Cannabis illegal. ESPECIALLY HEMP!!
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Comment #10 posted by Paint with light on July 15, 2010 at 20:11:16 PT
Hazardous Narcotics ?
......."unfairly maligns the plant alongside with some of the most hazardous narcotic substances, such as LSD and heroin.LSD a dangerous narcotic?Don't think so.Legal like alcohol.
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Comment #9 posted by Canis420 on July 15, 2010 at 18:31:48 PT:
Comment #7
Cannabis prohibition is perplexing on a variety of fronts...this is only one. I feel it is unconstitutional for the government to tell me my pursuit of happiness can continue as long as Cannabis is not involved. We need some lawyers to file lawsuits on multiple fronts,to include runruffs postulations that the prohibition was done illegally. Are there any lawyers that visit cnews...we need to hear from you! And runfuff, what does your lawyer say about your arguement?
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on July 15, 2010 at 17:30:02 PT
Commonsense could probably answer that question
"Is it not possible to sue the government and in a court of law introduce the fact that the federal government, not only sees cannabis as medicine, but actually holds future patents on any medication made from it?"
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Comment #7 posted by Cheebs1 on July 15, 2010 at 16:48:17 PT:
I have been unable to wrap my mind around this one simple question since the government obtained their patents on medication made from cannabis. The question is this, "Is it not possible to sue the government and in a court of law introduce the fact that the federal government, not only sees cannabis as medicine, but actually holds future patents on any medication made from it?". This is the one fact that I have never heard any of the pro cannabis movement advocates point out. How can the government recognize the medicinal benefits of cannabis and at the same time say that it has no medicinal value? This Orwellian double-think is the most laughable thing ever. It really is happening like George Orwell said. The government, and the populace, are holding two diametrically opposed statements as truth.Not sure if anyone that posts here can answer the question and if so that is fine. This is one of the points that I would like to see be hammered into the drug warrior retards until they either see reason or are forced to resign their positions.
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Comment #6 posted by ripit on July 15, 2010 at 10:51:43 PT
 so will this make the national news tonight or what? i see more and more acceptance in the media all the time but i still wish when i hear about a bust on the news they'd quit with the "its such an evil weed" tone when they tell us about it.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on July 15, 2010 at 09:29:37 PT
Thank you. I hope they follow thru on it now!
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on July 15, 2010 at 08:03:43 PT
Hey Johnny Pee, this bud's for you!Mark Souder Pharma's "bubble boy"-See mark, you are as dumb as you look!
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Comment #3 posted by ekim on July 15, 2010 at 07:40:57 PT
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on July 14, 2010 at 22:35:38 PT
About 2/3ds across the country.
Lets see, that leaves about 1/3d. Most of these benefit socially or financially in some way from prohibition.Like Mark Souder and Johnny Pee Walters.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on July 14, 2010 at 20:15:08 PT
Poll: MMJ Gets Strong Support Upstate
By Cara Matthews July 14, 2010Albany, NY -- A poll released Wednesday by the Cornell University Survey Research Institute found that nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers favor legalizing marijuana for medical use.A higher percentage of upstate residents support it than people who live downstate (which includes New York City, the northern suburbs and Long Island) -- 67 percent versus 62 percent."It pretty much said what we've seen in polls across the state and across the country for many years, which is that people strongly support medical marijuana," said Vince Marrone, a lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project, which favors the legalization of medical marijuana.There is a marked difference in attitude between Democrats and unaffiliated voters on one side and Republicans on the other, according to the poll. Sixty-six percent of Democrats and 68 percent of unaffiliated voters support legalization for medical use, while a plurality of Republicans -- 48 percent -- said they are against it.Snipped:URL:
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