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Support States' Rights - OK Medical Pot
Real Clear Politics ^ | 6/25/2006 | Debra Saunders

Posted on 06/26/2006 8:22:44 AM PDT by bassmaner

If ever a piece of legislation should pass readily through the U.S. House of Representatives, it is a measure sponsored by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., that would prevent the Department of Justice from using tax dollars to prosecute medical-marijuana patients in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Because it is a good bill, expect it to fail.

Polls show that some three out of four Americans support allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for patients who need it. Members must know that constituents within their districts use marijuana to control pain and nausea -- their families would like to live without the fear of prosecution. As Time Magazine reported last year, research shows that the drug has salutary "analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects."

Republicans should be drawn to the states' rights angle of the bill, while Democrats should go for the personal stories of constituents who have found relief, thanks to medical marijuana.

Yet when the House last voted on the measure in 2005, it tanked in a 264-162 vote. As the House is scheduled to consider the measure this week, few expect the measure to pass. "I wish I could tell you it's going to pass," Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Bruce Mirken conceded by phone last week. "I can't realistically expect that."

Over the last decade, two big hurdles existed: Republicans and Democrats. Last year, a mere 15 Repubs voted for the measure -- down from 19 GOP members who supported it in 2004. On the other side of the aisle, Democrats are moving toward the light. In 1998, the Clinton Justice Department filed suit against California medical-marijuana clubs. Last year, however, an impressive 145 Dems voted for Hinchey-Rohrabacher.

Martin Chilcutt of Kalamazoo, Mich., has written to his local GOP congressman, Rep. Fred Upton. A veteran who believes he got cancer because of his military service, Chilcutt told me that his Veterans Administration hospital doctors supported his use of medical marijuana when he had cancer.

Upton's office told me that Upton believes Marinol, the legal synthetic drug that includes the active ingredient in marijuana, should do the trick.

I asked Chilcutt if he had tried the drug. "I don't like Marinol at all," Chilcutt replied. It takes too long to work, it is hard to calibrate the dose you need, and "it made me feel weird." He prefers marijuana because it works instantly -- "You can control the amount you're using, and you get instant feedback."

Upton also fears sending the wrong message to kids about marijuana. But federal law has long allowed the sick access to needed pain control with drugs more powerful than marijuana. Only bad politics can account for the fact that marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, and thus deemed more harmful than cocaine and morphine -- drugs that can kill users who overdose.

Alex Holstein, a former GOP operative and conservative activist, is lobbying Republicans on behalf of the Marijuana Policy Project. He believes that regardless of their position on medical marijuana, Repubs in the California delegation should support Hinchey-Rohrabacher because state voters approved Proposition 215 -- and Republicans should stand up for states' rights and the will of California voters.

As it is, President Bush should direct the Justice Department to lay off medical-marijuana users -- because it is the right thing to do for sick people.

It's not as if the administration doesn't know how to sit on its hands and not enforce existing law. Last week, The Washington Post reported that under Bush, the number of employers prosecuted for hiring illegal aliens plummeted from 182 in 1999 to four in 2003.

If the Bushies can look the other way when well-heeled employers break the law, they can look the other way when sick people try to relieve unnecessary pain.


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Ending federal prosecution of medical marijuana users is NOT a "liberal" position. We need to get beyond the 'maggot-infested, dope-smoking, FM type' stereotype of the typical pot smoker, and get behind the Tenth Amendment on this issue by getting the federal government out of it.
1 posted on 06/26/2006 8:22:50 AM PDT by bassmaner
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To: Wolfie; freepatriot32

WOD bump


2 posted on 06/26/2006 8:25:50 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: bassmaner
Why stop there? End the entire failed war on some drugs.

But I agree with you. I think denying some sick cancer victim a substance that makes them hungry again and improves their quality of life is downright evil.
3 posted on 06/26/2006 8:28:09 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: bassmaner
As it is, President Bush should direct the Justice Department to lay off medical-marijuana users -- because it is the right thing to do for sick people.

That's a laugh, when has the government been know to 'do the right thing'? It's all about money, the Almighty Dollar. If MJ were legal, then people could grow it in their backyards, without the government getting it's share (tax). Alcohol sales would plummet, along with the tax revenue it generates.

4 posted on 06/26/2006 8:28:09 AM PDT by CrawDaddyCA (Free Travis McGee!!)
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To: Abram; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Allosaurs_r_us; Americanwolf; Americanwolfsbrother; Annie03; ...
Libertarian ping.To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here
5 posted on 06/26/2006 8:28:20 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: bassmaner

I agree

I used it in the past (15 years ago) and so I know from experience that is it far less harmful than alcohol when used in moderation


6 posted on 06/26/2006 8:28:51 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: bassmaner; robertpaulsen

You forgot to ping paulsen. He hates pot. He'll spend pages and pages debating semantics with you. Did I mention that he hates pot?


7 posted on 06/26/2006 8:31:07 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: bassmaner

''Polls show that some three out of four Americans support allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for patients who need it.''

... while a tyrannical, dogmatic minority of thugs [led by Bush] continues to persecute the sick, dying, and lame.

Bush to America - ''Screw the Will of the People.''


8 posted on 06/26/2006 8:34:01 AM PDT by Lexington Green (Medical Marijuana - ''Liberty can be delayed, but it cannot be denied.'')
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To: bassmaner

WE abolutely need to legalize illegal drugs because they are doing the jobs Americans wont!!!!


9 posted on 06/26/2006 8:35:38 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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To: bassmaner
If the Bushies can look the other way when well-heeled employers break the law, they can look the other way when sick people try to relieve unnecessary pain.

The Bushies? Why did this woman have to go and screw up an otherwise sensible article by resorting to the same whiny name-calling that the libs do?
10 posted on 06/26/2006 8:39:11 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: Mr. K

Even recreational marijuana use should be allowed. Any argument to keep marijuana illegal can be applied to alcohol (times 10).


11 posted on 06/26/2006 8:44:48 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Man Law: You Poke It, You Own It)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Stopping marijuana smoking is more important than going after the New York Times' treason. [/sarcasm]


12 posted on 06/26/2006 8:46:07 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: fr_freak
Why did this woman have to go and screw up an otherwise sensible article by resorting to the same whiny name-calling that the libs do?

To be fair, our side does has some pretty choice names for the Administration when we discuss illegal immigration.

At least she didn't say 'Chimpy McHitlerburton' ... :^)

13 posted on 06/26/2006 8:48:04 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: CrawDaddyCA
That's a laugh, when has the government been know to 'do the right thing'? It's all about money, the Almighty Dollar. If MJ were legal, then people could grow it in their backyards, without the government getting it's share (tax). Alcohol sales would plummet, along with the tax revenue it generates.

That's not why. The reason why is that civil seizures of property associated with marijuana arrests is a massive windfall for law enforcement that is, as a bonus, largely ungoverned by detailed legislative oversight. If you took marijuana out of that picture, you'd scale back civil seizure income to about 1/10 of what it is now since, according to DEA figures, there are about 30 million marijuana "addicts", and about a million combined heroin/cocaine addicts.

14 posted on 06/26/2006 8:55:24 AM PDT by donh (U)
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To: fr_freak
Why did this woman have to go and screw up an otherwise sensible article by resorting to the same whiny name-calling that the libs do?

It is in their genes to do that. You can sometimes mess with them by feeding it back to them carefully. I got ripped off by an illegal alien and when discussing it with my ultra-liberal acquaintances I say "I guess that's just the bushies charging me to support their open border policy." They go for the bait and jump right in, then it slowly dawns on them that they have wandered into a conundrum and after 3 or 4 sentences start stuttering. Heh.

15 posted on 06/26/2006 8:55:47 AM PDT by atomic_dog
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To: Mr. K
I used it in the past (15 years ago) and so I know from experience that is it far less harmful than alcohol when used in moderation

It is, on available statistics, far less harmful than alcohol even when used in immoderation. No amount of marijuana will, for example, despite the best efforts of the Calif. Hwy Patrol, and others, to demonstrate otherwise, significantly impair the safety of a driver. In fact, in many of the tests they ran, the marijuana users were safer than non-users, because they became more deliberate and more in-the-moment than the control drivers--the upside of lowered short-term memory. You might ask yourself why alcohol is, according to the CHP, impairing above a .02 blood level, but no such measure exists for marijuana--CHP put a lot of expensive effort into establishing just such a number, and failed.

16 posted on 06/26/2006 9:05:34 AM PDT by donh (U)
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To: bassmaner; mysterio; freepatriot32
Ending federal prosecution of medical marijuana users is NOT a "liberal" position. We need to get beyond the 'maggot-infested, dope-smoking, FM type' stereotype of the typical pot smoker, and get behind the Tenth Amendment on this issue by getting the federal government out of it.

i've always believed that these issuse of "medical marijuana"/states rights have gotten Libertarians off message. This is the same situation for articles touting the benefits of marijuana.

The Libertarian message was, is now, and always should be that ...It is none of the government's DAMNED BUSINESS, what, if any, intoxicants a free adult individual consumes on their own time if they are causing harm to no individual. If they commit a crime, then they are responsible for their behaviour, and should be prosecuted for that crime.

It is high time (pun not intended), that the drug warriers stop prosecuting the substance for the bad behaviour of the individual using it. Prosecute the INDIVIDUAL for his/her crimes, they are no less responsible than the person who has committed crimes while 'under the influence' of alcohol.

17 posted on 06/26/2006 9:05:54 AM PDT by Calvinist_Dark_Lord (I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper)
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To: donh

Although I agree, I would never advocate driving while under the influence of anything.


18 posted on 06/26/2006 9:15:58 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: fr_freak
The Bushies? Why did this woman have to go and screw up an otherwise sensible article by resorting to the same whiny name-calling that the libs do?

Because during his campaign for president, Bush promised that his administration would support the right of the states to "do as they so choose" with medical marijuana.

We all know just how well he kept that promise. His administration is arresting and prosecuting medical marijuana users in states where medical marijuana is legal.

Ran as a Conservative...Governs as a Liberal.
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19 posted on 06/26/2006 9:32:22 AM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: Mr. K
Although I agree, I would never advocate driving while under the influence of anything.

I would never advocate driving. It has far more stupifying effect than most recreational drugs.

20 posted on 06/26/2006 9:55:04 AM PDT by donh (U)
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To: bassmaner

I love it when druggies get all smart sounding while arguing that dope is a good thing...


21 posted on 06/26/2006 9:57:03 AM PDT by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: bassmaner
get behind the Tenth Amendment on this issue by getting the federal government out of it

Tenth Amendment? You do realize you're talking about Republicans don't you? The party that did more than any other to destroy the Tenth Amendment. Fat chance of that happening....

22 posted on 06/26/2006 9:58:19 AM PDT by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: mugs99
Because during his campaign for president, Bush promised that his administration would support the right of the states to "do as they so choose" with medical marijuana.

He fully supports state's rights to do as they please about medical marijuana,,,,and fully supports the DEA's right to do as they please as well. What's a politician about, if not pleasing others?

23 posted on 06/26/2006 10:01:01 AM PDT by donh (U)
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To: BlueNgold
I love it when druggies get all smart sounding while arguing that dope is a good thing...

As opposed to how this clever bit of repartee makes you seem all smart-sounding.

24 posted on 06/26/2006 10:03:00 AM PDT by donh (U)
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To: donh

LOL...True!


25 posted on 06/26/2006 10:03:50 AM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: Diogenesis

Just like we have the manpower to overfly every house in the nation three or so times a year to be sure that none has a reefer patch, but don't have enough manpower to control the borders.

If THAT isn't goofy enough.....


26 posted on 06/26/2006 10:05:56 AM PDT by 308MBR ( Somebody sold the GOP to the socialists, and the GOP wasn't theirs to sell.)
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To: donh

Nope, it was a complete cheap shot devoid of any discernable wit, intellectual justification, or significant social commentary.

But, all the same, I still find pot-heads amusing.


27 posted on 06/26/2006 10:08:21 AM PDT by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: bassmaner
"Because it is a good bill, expect it to fail."

No, because it failed miserably in 2003, 2004 and 2005, expect it to fail miserably in 2006.

28 posted on 06/26/2006 10:55:07 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: mysterio
"I think denying some sick cancer victim a substance that makes them hungry again"

You're suggesting the cancer patient smoke marijuana? Where, in his hospital room? With a supressed immune system due to the chemo, you're not concerned about a fungal or bacterial infection from the marijuana?

Eh, doctor?

29 posted on 06/26/2006 11:00:39 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: CrawDaddyCA
"If MJ were legal, then people could grow it in their backyards, without the government getting it's share (tax)."

How much of a share is the government getting today? Zero, zip, nada.

"Alcohol sales would plummet, along with the tax revenue it generates."

So you're saying people will switch from alcohol to marijuana? Now why would they do that? People are going to take up smoking? They'll throw away the Glenlivet and grab some Acapulco Gold?

30 posted on 06/26/2006 11:06:03 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: bassmaner; NormsRevenge; calcowgirl; dalereed; Ernest_at_the_Beach; tubebender
I support the 10 Amendment but I have medical marijuana dopes filling my community with scoff-laws and even Hells Angels criminals who are NOT making my rural paradise a better place!!!

So you can take your lame excuse for this massive increase in business for a substance that will have the entire bayboom host arriving on the old-age scene with huge cognitive impaiment and scamming the GovernMental Medicaid Welfare System to pay for their danged Nursing Home and other chronic pot induced disabilities!!!

You don't love freedom, or the State's Rights... you just love your dope-smokin, maggot-infested, FM type friends and the illegal drug trafficing they're doin in my community! I can't even find a parking place at my Post Office that shares a parking lot with the phony "Pot Dr.!" What a farce!!!

31 posted on 06/26/2006 11:14:10 AM PDT by SierraWasp (California is MEXIFORNIA , MANANA!!! The European settlers suffer from GANG-GREEN, TODAY!!!)
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To: SierraWasp

The first thing a pot smoker did when I walked onto a job was to tell me how great a day he was having and how much work he had done when in reality he hadn't done s**t and what little he had done was crappy work.

It's when the checkbook came out of my pocket!


32 posted on 06/26/2006 11:20:01 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: robertpaulsen
No, because it failed miserably in 2003, 2004 and 2005, expect it to fail miserably in 2006.

Of course, because politicians from both sides of the aisle are gutless cowards on this issue because of Drug Warrior demagogery, especially if they're not in a 'safe' district. Since there's no aggrieved victim class to pander to, the 'Rats won't touch it. And because there's corporate and law enforcement interest in keeping it illegal, the Pubbies won't touch it, either.

Imagine the campaign spots in a close congressional race if 1 of the 2 major party candidates supports this measure ... "my opponent supports making dangerous drugs more available to your children ... I will fight to keep them out of their hands blah blah blah ...". I'd bet you'd just love to write the script for that, rp! :^)

33 posted on 06/26/2006 11:20:47 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: robertpaulsen
With a supressed immune system due to the chemo, you're not concerned about a fungal or bacterial infection from the marijuana?

Many chemo patients have been smoking medical marijauna legally in California since 1996. Why haven't those infections you're so concerned about shown up?
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34 posted on 06/26/2006 11:20:58 AM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: dalereed

I hope you fired the slug for incompetence.


35 posted on 06/26/2006 11:22:34 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: BlueNgold

It's even funnier when they go all patriotic and start talking about the constitution and freedom and liberty and Tenth amendment -- but only for marijuana, not all drugs.


36 posted on 06/26/2006 11:30:02 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: SierraWasp
I have medical marijuana dopes filling my community with scoff-laws and even Hells Angels criminals who are NOT making my rural paradise a better place!!!

I live in the same Sierras you do and my family has been here since the 1840s. We had a rural paradise here until you flatlanders showed up with your morality wars. Your "Hells Angels" followed you here from the city and they are not potheads.

We loved our pot growin hippies. They never caused a problem and always had good munchies to trade. If I could trade you to get them back, I'd do it in a heartbeat!
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37 posted on 06/26/2006 11:30:41 AM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: mugs99
"Why haven't those infections you're so concerned about shown up?"

Who says they haven't?

"Hamadeh and associates. Chest, Vol. 94/2, pp.432-433, 1988. "Invasive aspergillosis has become a significant cause of death in immunosuppressed patients". Physicians should be aware of this potentially lethal complication of marijuana use in compromised hosts such as patients with AIDS or malignancies.)"

"Transplantation, Vol. 61, June 27, 1996. (Marijuana smoke transmits aspergillosis, a fungus having up to a 90% fatality rate if contracted by transplant patients. Researchers have strongly warned against the use of marijuana in immuno-compromised patients such as those with AIDS, chronic granulomatous disease, bone marrow transplants and those receiving chemotherapy for small cell lung cancer.)"

"Voth EA, Schwartz RH. Medicinal applications of delta 9 THC and marijuana: a perspective. Annals of Internal Medicine 1997: 126:791-8. (Marijuana is not a panacea. It is an impure weed that introduces immuno compromised patients to bacteria, fungi, and other toxic complications. We recommend sticking with predictable medical therapies and not deviating from FDA approved medicine in exchange for herbal remedies"

38 posted on 06/26/2006 11:37:59 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: bassmaner

Both drug use and performance.

I had no tolerance for drinking or dope, "0"!


39 posted on 06/26/2006 11:45:56 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: mugs99

Oh! I suppose you live on San Juan ridge in Nevada County, right? Holy smokes!!! I don't care how long you and your family has lived here before this "flatlander" arrived 30 years ago, what I said is still fully and absolutely correct in spite of your smug sophistry!!!


40 posted on 06/26/2006 11:47:45 AM PDT by SierraWasp (California is MEXIFORNIA , MANANA!!! The European settlers suffer from GANG-GREEN, TODAY!!!)
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To: robertpaulsen
Who says they haven't?
Hamadeh and associates. Chest, Vol. 94/2, pp.432-433, 1988. "Physicians should be aware of this potentially lethal"

Ok, they are aware. Why haven't these infections shown up in chemo patients since this warning was issued in 1988?

Transplantation, Vol. 61, June 27, 1996. (Marijuana smoke transmits aspergillosis, a fungus having up to a 90% fatality rate if contracted by transplant patients.
Where are the bodies?

Voth EA, Schwartz RH. Medicinal applications of delta 9 THC and marijuana: a perspective. Annals of Internal Medicine 1997: 126:791-8. (Marijuana is not a panacea. It is an impure weed that introduces immuno compromised patients to bacteria, fungi, and other toxic complications.
Where are the victims of these marijuana caused complications?

Any which way you blow it, you have nothing but smoke.
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41 posted on 06/26/2006 11:51:31 AM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: mugs99
"A 34-year-old man presented with pulmonary aspergillosis on the 75th day after marrow transplant for chronic myelogenous leukemia. The patient had smoked marijuana heavily for several weeks prior to admission. Cultures of the marijuana revealed Aspergillus fumigatus with morphology and growth characteristics identical to the organism grown from open lung biopsy specimen. Despite aggressive antifungal therapy, the patient died with disseminated disease."

So I guess when posters on this forum say that marijuana has never killed anyone, they didn't count this guy.

42 posted on 06/26/2006 11:52:27 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: robertpaulsen
You're suggesting the cancer patient smoke marijuana?

If they desire to do so, absolutely.

Where, in his hospital room?

I meant at home. But now that you mention it, I think the hospital room would be a fine place to do it. They can ventilate a room pretty effectively, I would guess.

With a supressed immune system due to the chemo, you're not concerned about a fungal or bacterial infection from the marijuana?

Not if the patient isn't.
43 posted on 06/26/2006 11:52:52 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: robertpaulsen
You're suggesting the cancer patient smoke marijuana? Where, in his hospital room? With a supressed immune system due to the chemo, you're not concerned about a fungal or bacterial infection from the marijuana?

As opposed to the sterling record hospitals have of never misfiring meds or creating infections with needles and surgical instruments. What do you say we bring a sense of proportion to our concerns? Oh, excuse me, I forget we were drug warriors.

44 posted on 06/26/2006 12:01:49 PM PDT by donh (U)
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To: SierraWasp
Oh! I suppose you live on San Juan ridge in Nevada County, right?
Nope, I live three ridges north of Yuppieville.

I don't care how long you and your family has lived here before this "flatlander" arrived 30 years ago
Yep, I had it right...One of the new morality crusaders from the city. You yuppies have managed to turn our rural paradise into the same ghetto you fled. I'll bet you have a really nifty fence and argue about property lines with your neighbor. You flatlanders can be humorous at times!

what I said is still fully and absolutely correct in spite of your smug sophistry!!!
My sophistry isn't smug, it's simple truth. We had none of these problems until you arrived with them in tow.
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45 posted on 06/26/2006 12:04:45 PM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: robertpaulsen
So I guess when posters on this forum say that marijuana has never killed anyone, they didn't count this guy.

I don't know. Your "cite" tells me nothing. You could have made it up for all I know.
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46 posted on 06/26/2006 12:10:26 PM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: robertpaulsen
Aspergillus fumigatus is ubiquitous, it is a common component of soil. You ingest some of it every time you tend your houseplants.

So I guess when posters on this forum say that marijuana has never killed anyone, they didn't count this guy.

Let me be the first to point out that the patient in question did not die of the effects of cannibus, which is generally the issue we'd be concerned about if we were actually interested in comparable harm, rather than scoring any propaganda opportunity that presents itself, no matter how irrelevant and feeble. If marijuana was legal, the FDA or the Dept of Ag would be supervising its purity at market, and something could have legally been done to prevent the death in question. Your patient is a victim of marijuana laws, not marijuana.

47 posted on 06/26/2006 12:21:57 PM PDT by donh (U)
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To: mugs99
"Your "cite" tells me nothing."

Try this link: http://www.chestjournal.org/cgi/content/abstract/94/2/432

Here's another one. This one lived.

"A 48 year old successful kidney transplant patient who heavily used marijuana immediately following his transplant developed invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA), a fungus transmitted in the smoke of marijuana. Marks et al reported on their use of an experimental antifungal drug to effectively treat this life threatening condition (Transplantation, Vol. 61, 1771-1773, No. 12, June 27, 1996), and noted that IPA "is a devastating complication in the immuno-compromised patient" such as patients with AIDS, chronic granulomatous disease, bone marrow transplants and those receiving chemotherapy for small cell lung cancer. Aspergillosis has up to a 90% fatality rate if contracted by transplant patients."

48 posted on 06/26/2006 12:24:40 PM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: BlueNgold
But, all the same, I still find pot-heads amusing.

I find drug-warriors amusing. This would be a symmetric phenomenon, except that my team doesn't have a track record of sweeping thru minority ghettos, putting every kid they can grab off the playground in jail and blighting their futures if they have reefers in their pockets. Unlike the treatment any federal official's kid gets for the exact same offense. What a laugh riot.

49 posted on 06/26/2006 12:30:56 PM PDT by donh (U)
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To: donh
"Aspergillus fumigatus is ubiquitous, it is a common component of soil. You ingest some of it every time you tend your houseplants."

Yep, and it's normally not a problem with healthy people. But cancer patients on chemo, AIDS patients, transplants patients, and others with suppressed immune systems are susceptible and may become infected and die.

"If marijuana was legal, the FDA or the Dept of Ag would be supervising its purity at market"

Medical marijuana IS legal and is being recommended in eleven states and neither the FDA or the Dept of Ag is involved in supervising squat.

The thrust of the article in this thread is that the federal government should leave these states alone. To do what, kill immunosuppressed patients?

50 posted on 06/26/2006 12:35:03 PM PDT by robertpaulsen
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