Harry Reid Backs Medical Marijuana 
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Harry Reid Backs Medical Marijuana 
Posted by CN Staff on January 17, 2014 at 06:36:08 PT
By Luke Johnson, The Huffington Post
Source: Huffington Post
Washington, D.C. -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) came out in favor of medical marijuana Thursday in a Las Vegas Sun interview, becoming one of the highest elected officials in the U.S. government to give his support."If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer -- I would have said no, because [marijuana] leads to other stuff," Reid was quoted as saying. "But I can’t say that anymore." "I think we need to take a real close look at this,” he added. “I think that there’s some medical reasons for marijuana."
Although it remains illegal under federal law, polls show that most Americans support medical marijuana. And Attorney General Eric Holder announced in August that the Department of Justice would not interfere, at least at first, as states that have legalized weed for adults create their regulatory regimes -- a dramatic policy shift from federal authorities' targeting of medical marijuana dispensaries that were legal under state law.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also supports medical marijuana. Neither Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) nor House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) does.Reid's home state of Nevada is trying to implement a medical marijuana law signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), but officials recently announced they would miss an April 1 deadline to accept applications from growers and sellers.Reid, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said he had never tried marijuana. As for the laws legalizing recreational pot in Colorado and Washington, he said, "I don’t know about that."Medical research on marijuana is extremely difficult to conduct because it remains a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act -- meaning, among things, that the government judges it to have no currently accepted medical use. However, a long line of medical professionals and patients believe that it is valuable in combating nausea and loss of appetite related to chemotherapy and AIDS treatments, in reducing pain from multiple sclerosis and in treating an array of other maladies.Source: Huffington Post (NY)	Author: Luke Johnson, The Huffington PostPublished: January 17, 2014Copyright: 2014, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on January 17, 2014 at 15:57:06 PT
Pot Grows on Harry Reid
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on January 17, 2014 at 06:43:16 PT
Visit To Hospital Prompts Lawmaker To Back MMJ
Atlanta -- Forty-eight hours ago Allen Peake wasn’t sold on medical marijuana, but a visit to a hospital may have convinced the Georgia lawmaker to help draft a bill to make it legal.Republican state Rep. Allen Peake, of Macon, visited 4-year-old Haleigh Cox in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston on Wednesday. “When you see that little girl, the precious little angel," Peake said. "It's touched me deep, deep in my soul, so I'm going to do everything I can to see what we can do for these families."  Haleigh suffers from a severe seizure disorder. Her parents said because they can’t get the medicine they need in Georgia, they are relocating to Colorado, where children treated with cannabis oil are seeing amazing results.Snipped:URL:
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on January 17, 2014 at 06:39:47 PT
Reid Indicates His Support for Medical Marijuana
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 17, 2014 at 06:38:20 PT
Opening Eyes
It is good news to see this happening even though it took way too long. 
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