Vt. Gov. Shumlin Supports Doctors Prescribing Pot
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Vt. Gov. Shumlin Supports Doctors Prescribing Pot
Posted by CN Staff on December 01, 2011 at 17:02:28 PT
By  Dave Gram, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press 
Montpelier, Vt. -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday he supports and will sign onto a request that federal law be changed to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana and pharmacists to fill the prescriptions."I think it's ludicrous that marijuana is put in the same category by the federal government as heroin and other drugs that are extraordinarily addictive," the Democratic governor told reporters at a news conference Thursday.
His comments came one day after Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire filed a report and petition with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to change marijuana from a "Schedule 1" drug, banned under federal law, to a "Schedule 2" drug available by prescription.The DEA has taken a dim view of such suggestions in the past; an agency spokeswoman said the DEA had no immediate comment about the governors' petition.Several states, including Vermont, have passed laws that allow patients with chronic illness or intractable pain to have access to marijuana. In Vermont, patients must get a recommendation from their doctor saying marijuana use is part of their treatment and register with the Department of Public Safety. They can grow the drug themselves or have a specially designated caregiver grow it for them.Those state medical marijuana laws conflict with federal law, though. And federal authorities have been cracking down in some states, launching raids of marijuana dispensaries last month in California, Washington and Montana.Shumlin would go further, though, than making marijuana a prescription drug, he said Thursday. He reiterated past statements that he supports decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana as a few other states, including Massachusetts, have done. Someone caught with less than an ounce of marijuana in Massachusetts faces no state criminal penalty but a possible civil fine of $100.Shumlin said Vermont "should use our precious law enforcement dollars to go after the criminals that are really disrupting our communities."Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Dave Gram, The Associated PressPublished: December 1, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #2 posted by museman on December 02, 2011 at 10:26:02 PT
Yes, its true. I heard it from the soldiers themselves -some of whom were not all that happy about it.This is classic 'dysfunctional parenting' - as in "Do what I say, not what I do." And if so many american consumers didn't believe that they needed a 'big brother' to take care of business for them; wipe their butts, clean up their messes, and 'lead' them (where are we going exactly?) then they (our non-illustrious government) would not get away with such blatant hypocrisy.Iraq was about oil. Afghanistan is about opium.Its as clear as it could ever be, yet how many americans are willing to admit that their government is lying to them BIG TIME!? The willing ignorance is stifling sometimes.Anybody can claim anything. Anybody can be an 'expert' all they have to do is pay a poor starving writer to ghost write a book, get it published, and whalla! -instant 'expert.'So should we just 'go on about our business' and stay out of the looming confrontation between truth and lie? Should we just pretend that all the people who argue in support of institutions, industries, economic values, and political structures that repeatedly destroy, make war, serve the elect few, and lie, cheat, and steal their way into power, are all somehow deserving of their lifestyle -because they CLAIM they "worked for it?"Not on my watch.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on December 02, 2011 at 10:06:12 PT
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The hypocrisy in America has reached a new low with the U.S. government's open admission that U.S. troops are growing opium in Afghanistan to protect and promote the heroin trade.Yes, it's true: U.S. troops actively guard the opium fields, deliver fertilizer, assist with harvesting and then help deliver the opium to be processed into heroin.Of course, once it reaches the USA as heroin, the "drug war" kicks in and whoever is caught holding it goes to prison for a few years. Such is the lunacy of war, drugs, and the "war on drugs" for that matter.Read more in our coverage of this bizarre but true revelation:
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