Senate Approves Bill on Medical Pot 
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Senate Approves Bill on Medical Pot 
Posted by CN Staff on March 24, 2011 at 16:46:47 PT
By David Hill, Washington Times
Source: Washington Times
Annapolis, M.D. -- The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow people arrested for marijuana use to claim medical necessity as a legal defense.Senators voted 41-6 to allow defendants to be found not guilty of marijuana use or possession with intent to use if they prove through medical records or a physician’s testimony that they have an illness for which the drug is “likely to [provide] therapeutic or palliative relief.” The legislation now moves to the House.
Right now, Maryland law classifies medical-marijuana use a misdemeanor punishable by a $100 fine. Nonmedical use is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.Senators modified their proposal after a House bill that included a state-run production and distribution system stalled in the chamber’s Judiciary Committee.Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said the agency lacked the resources for such a plan and suggested years more study to find a better one.The Senate bill also establishes a work group within that agency to develop a plan to legalize medical marijuana in the state.Americans for Safe Access, the country’s largest medical-marijuana advocacy group, gave a tepid endorsement to the Senate plan.“Rather than endure another failed attempt to pass meaningful medical-marijuana policy in Maryland, patients have instead decided to support this stopgap measure,” said Caren Woodson, the group’s government affairs director. “It’s not ideal, but the bill will help patients avoid what is now a guaranteed conviction if arrested.”In other General Assembly news, the Senate voted 32-15 to require the governor to decide within 180 days whether an inmate sentenced to life in prison should be paroled. An inmate would be paroled if approved by a state commission and if the governor makes no decision. The House passed a measure that requires the governor to decide within 90 days.Source: Washington Times (DC)Author: David Hill, Washington TimesPublished: March 24, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Washington Times, LLC Website: letters washingtontimes.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on March 26, 2011 at 17:00:22 PT
Harper's government
Knowing a little about how the Canadian government works... I've been so hoping for the fall of the Harper spend and punish fiasco for some time now.
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on March 25, 2011 at 21:32:29 PT
Harper's gotta go
and it sounds like it's important enough to other political parties that they are willing to work together to get that job done.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on March 25, 2011 at 13:22:56 PT
That sounds good. Ever since Harper has been in charge Canada has been set back.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on March 25, 2011 at 13:18:53 PT
Did One Woman's Pot Go Up in Smoke?
By Susan Candiotti and Ross Levitt, CNNMarch 25, 2011 (CNN) -- Elvy Musikka, 71, of Eugene, Oregon, says the post office lost something that could cost her more than just a buzz. She could lose her eyesight.Six metal tins packed with medical marijuana joints --1,800 in all -- are in transit somewhere with her name on it. That's enough for up to 10 potent smokes a day.It's a prescription she receives twice a year to treat her glaucoma."I just don't know what to do," Musikka said.URL:
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Comment #3 posted by dongenero on March 25, 2011 at 13:13:53 PT
Opposition topples Canadian government
Ousting of the conservative government could have some ramifications for the status of cannabis in Canada...TORONTO (AP) -- Opposition parties toppled Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government in a no confidence vote, triggering Canada's fourth election in seven years.The opposition parties held the Conservative government in contempt of Parliament on Friday for failing to disclose the full financial details of his tougher crime legislation, corporate tax cuts and plans to purchase stealth fighter jets.....
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Comment #2 posted by museman on March 25, 2011 at 13:12:44 PT
"Just say no to thugs"-scroll down the playlist-
Just Say No
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on March 25, 2011 at 08:09:35 PT
Meet and greet our new slogan;
"No More Drug War!" 
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