Drug Agents Urge Opposition To Medical Marijuana 
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Drug Agents Urge Opposition To Medical Marijuana 
Posted by CN Staff on November 10, 2010 at 16:29:45 PT
By Matt Brennan For The Beacon-News
Source: Beacon News
Aurora -- The California and Colorado medical marijuana statutes are causing problems in their states and nationally. And if Illinois passes Senate Bill 1381, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois, many of the same problems may plague Illinois. That was the message of two law enforcement officials who spoke with a handful of residents about the problems with the proposed bill this week at the Timberlake Club House on Aurora’s West Side.
“I think most people have this impression that medical marijuana is for people who are dying. That couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Chris Endress, director of the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group. His agency serves Rock Island in western Illinois and Scott County, Iowa. Endress gave the presentation with Bill Backus, director of the North Central Narcotics Task Force, which covers Kane, DeKalb and Kendall counties. The typical medical marijuana user is not old and dying, Endress said. Rather, they are young males. They need a card issued by a doctor to be able to use marijuana, and there are doctors known for issuing cards to anyone who comes into their office, Endress said. Endress and Backus are speaking up on the medical marijuana issue in anticipation of a possible vote on the bill in the Illinois House as early as January. The state Senate already has passed the bill. Under the proposed bill, caregivers would grow the marijuana. The caregivers would be allowed to grow a significantly larger amount of marijuana per patient than the patients are allowed to smoke, Backus said. This leaves the caregivers with an excess amount of marijuana. It would be difficult to regulate the growth of medical marijuana and who is allowed to smoke it, the drug agents said. If a tenant walked up to a landlord and said they intended to grow marijuana in their building, the landlord could not refuse to rent on that basis, Backus said. And employers would not be able to take action against a patient who tested positive for the drug, Endress said. Endress and Backus suggested waiting for a non-intoxicating, FDA-approved drug derived from marijuana. There is one in Europe that is used for the same types of purposes as medical marijuana called Sativex, which is a cannabis extract liquid spray. “People who have MS or muscle spasms, this provides relief,” Endress said. Backus suggested contacting local legislators. He also said local mayors and police chiefs should be urged to stand up against the bill. If the law passes, it would allow the criminal element back into local communities, Backus said. “We’ve worked very hard to get crime down in Aurora,” Backus said. If the bill is approved, he said, “We’re asking the criminal element to come back into town.” Aurora residents Carol Akers and Beth Pettit attended the meeting out of concern for what the law would mean for Aurora and their local neighborhoods. Akers lives within two blocks of Greenman Elementary School, near Galena Boulevard and Lancaster Street, on the West Side. Because she is more than 500 feet away from the school, no regulations would be placed on her immediate neighbors, according to information given on the bill. “If this legislation passes, Aurora will be trashed, and my neighborhood will be the first to go,” she said. Source: Beacon News, The (Aurora, IL)Author: Matt Brennan For The Beacon-NewsPublished: November 10, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Beacon NewsContact: BeaconViewpoint scn1.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by observer on November 11, 2010 at 13:26:32 PT
His Salary Depends on Jailing People for Pot
Drug Agents Urge Opposition To Medical Marijuana [Doctors] Endress and Backus suggested waiting for a non-intoxicating, FDA-approved drug derived from marijuanaContinuing to JAIL people for pot. Oh, they aren't really doctors, are they? They are cops who benefit financially and career-wise by continuing to arrest and jail people for pot.A shame the The "Beacon" - "News" couldn't shine a little light in the direction of following the money"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it." (Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle")That's what we see here with these careerist narcs fluffed up in this article. The Public Information Officer Narcs there (read: prohibitionist propagandists) just can't seem to understand why not arresting and jailing adults for pot is a good idea. Well, they of course don't mention the most salient and important feature of the discussion -- the issue of jail and arrest -- the propagandist narcs gloss over those little details, for that particular target audience. But the beneficent public information officers (read: psyops narcs) do pretend to be doctors. Fair is fair: prohibitionists likewise trot out pliant doctors to hail the jailing of pot smokers - for their own good of course. But nary a word about how financially good jailing potheads is for police (and government in general).
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Comment #7 posted by museman on November 11, 2010 at 08:16:38 PT
"Young males"
In 1933, when Anslinger first threw reefer madness at congress they pretty much laughed at him, and did not take the cannabis issue as the wanna-be-in-power Anslinger and his funding daddies desired agendas intended.In 1936, though he got congress to sit up and take notice when he raised the point that "If our young men were all smoking 'marijuana' then, if we have a war, they won't want to fight!" Oooh scary!Having an on-demand supply of ignorant, willing cannon fodder has always been of paramount concern for the rich mo-fos running his nation. Thus this modern concern that 'young men' aren't making themselves available for the next slaughter being set up behind closed doors.Funny how they don't seem to worry about the 'young females'? Does that mean that 'only' "young males" are self medicating? Or does it mean that males are traditionally more likely to challenge status quo BS than females, like they are traditionally more likely to fight wars? It surely doesn't mean anything that these SQAKS are trying to force into mainstream ignorance.It's morning, the alarm has rung, time to WAKE UP America!LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #6 posted by John Tyler on November 11, 2010 at 07:02:21 PT
political action work
Why are the police allowed to do political action work like this? 
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Comment #5 posted by Brandon Perera on November 10, 2010 at 19:48:13 PT:
Did they go to school for 12 years to be a doctor and know what they were doing. I don't see why they would have a say in whether its legal or not medically. Doctors should be calling the shots.
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Comment #4 posted by RevRayGreen on November 10, 2010 at 19:28:14 PT
I met this Endress last week
only thing I had to say to him was the real drug problems in society and a danger to youth are from legal FDA OTC/Prescription meds than gave him some literature on the poison 'Four-Loko' and moved on to someone this video, I informed one of the two haters on the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Board about it   2:34
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on November 10, 2010 at 17:45:00 PT
How dare they?
How dare they?
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on November 10, 2010 at 17:41:50 PT
causing problems --- what are those problems?
causing problems --- what are those problems? 
They don't want anything to get in the way of them being granted permission to discriminate against cannabis users.I know there are good cops but it seems We hear from the worst of them and that often makes Me think they are all jerks.AND How are they going to cope with cannabis legalization? 
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on November 10, 2010 at 16:46:00 PT
Spin Control
Communist East Germany: "Secret Police"United States: "Undercover Narcotics Officer"
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