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Carey defends medical marijuana online
AP via Yahoo ^ | November 1, 2007 | Sandy Cohen

Posted on 11/02/2007 6:22:06 AM PDT by period end of story

LOS ANGELES - Bob Barker famously closed each episode of "The Price Is Right" with a pitch to spay and neuter pets. His successor is taking a stand on a more controversial subject: marijuana. Drew Carey won't tout toking up on "Price," but he defends the use of medical marijuana in a video posted online Thursday on Reason.tv.

"Smell that smell," the 49-year-old comedian says as he walks into a Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary. "That's the smell of freedom."

The video is one of 20 Carey will host for the Reason Foundation, a nonprofit educational group whose ideas "some people call libertarian" and whose mission is to "advance freedom," said president David Nott.

Carey offered to produce brief documentaries on topics ranging from traffic congestion to immigration for the foundation's Web site, Nott said.

"Drew Carey connects with regular people. ... He has a regular guy's look at things, and that's why this seems like a great thing," he said. "We're interested in freedom across the spectrum, and good journalism about these subjects is important in the world of ideas."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: drewcarey; medicalmarijuana
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1 posted on 11/02/2007 6:22:07 AM PDT by period end of story
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To: period end of story

Not surprising. Carey is well known for his love of skunk and hookers.


2 posted on 11/02/2007 6:23:22 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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but he defends the use of medical marijuana

As do I. It was the ONLY thing that helped my wife through her 2 bouts of breast cancer. You have no idea how heartbreaking it is to stay up all night, constantly emptying the "bucket" so it can be used again & again.

3 posted on 11/02/2007 6:29:39 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: wideawake

At least he’s not a Liberal.


4 posted on 11/02/2007 6:35:51 AM PDT by wastedyears (One Marine vs. 550 consultants. Sounds like good odds to me.)
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To: period end of story

Good for him.

It’s about time the whole “Marijuana is the DEBIL !!!” bullshit stopped.


5 posted on 11/02/2007 6:45:24 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Puppage

If it works for her: great. We always hear about certain segments of the population that get relief from nausea.


6 posted on 11/02/2007 6:45:55 AM PDT by period end of story (I may be totally wrong, but I'm a dancing fool.)
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To: wideawake

He’s also well known for standing up for his own rights and not letting anyone infringe on his rights when he’s not infringing on others rights.


7 posted on 11/02/2007 6:49:25 AM PDT by Raymann
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To: period end of story

Marijuana helped my mother with her nausau and not be so looped that she couldn’t enjoy the last few months with her family. The other nauseau drugs knock you out.

Ready for the flaming of me and my mother who went to church for her whole life and was a hard choice to try it. I urged her. I told her “Mama, people who smoke for cancer don’t smoke to get high, they smoke to get by”. She tried it and it worked. At least until the very very end. Then nothing helped.


8 posted on 11/02/2007 6:52:14 AM PDT by Southerngl
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To: Southerngl

P.S. But the five months she had AWAKE with her grandchildren, husband and me were worth it.


9 posted on 11/02/2007 6:53:25 AM PDT by Southerngl
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To: Southerngl

I can’t argue with that.


10 posted on 11/02/2007 6:54:45 AM PDT by period end of story (I may be totally wrong, but I'm a dancing fool.)
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To: period end of story
I was channel surfing yesterday and happened upon "In Pot We Trust" on Showtime. I only saw about the last 30 mins, but caught several testimonials from very regular looking folks using marijuana to help deal with medical issues. The improvements were quite evident. The medical marijuana lobby was shown (mostly being shut down by politicians) and LEOs tearing down a 'garden' they had found. The phone rang while I was watching, but I'm pretty sure they included an interview with a recreational user as well.

Anyway, it was an good documentary that seemed to showed both sides, IMHO.

11 posted on 11/02/2007 7:03:01 AM PDT by sweet_diane (We lived our little drama.... and thankfully it is over. Thank you Coach Saban!)
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To: wideawake

He’s also known for being a damn fine Marine and raising more than a little cash for Marine families.


12 posted on 11/02/2007 7:04:59 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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F-16 crew chief Staff Sgt. Andy Adducchio briefs Drew Carey on his mission responsibilities. Carey and a team of fellow comedians traveled to the Southwest Asia theater of operations to entertain forward-deployed troops Aug 24. Adducchio is a member of the 180th Aircraft Maintenance Unit deployed from the 178th Fighter Wing, Springfield Ohio Air National Guard. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Randy Mallard, USAF
13 posted on 11/02/2007 7:17:22 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: period end of story

Good for Carey. It’s insane to have to ask the government for permission to consume a plant, especially if you are dying of cancer.


14 posted on 11/02/2007 7:25:18 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Raymann

That’s a mouthful.


15 posted on 11/02/2007 7:25:49 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: mysterio

Ditto.
Go Drew.


16 posted on 11/02/2007 7:40:03 AM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Liberty Valance
"Carey and a team of fellow comedians traveled to the Southwest Asia theater of operations to entertain forward-deployed troops Aug 24."

Oddly I find myself mentioning Showtime twice on the same thread! One of the first things I watched on Showtime when we ordered it was a documentary by a comedian who 'gave in' to Carey's asking him to join and entertain the troops. It was awesome, and of course I can't remember the name of it!

I already like Carey, his tv shows and his stand up. He's a stand up guy and my 'daughter of a WWII B-17 Pilot' hat is off to him. Like Gary Sinese (sp??), he's out there doing his thing for the troops without hordes of media coverage and pomp and circumstance.

17 posted on 11/02/2007 7:41:49 AM PDT by sweet_diane (We lived our little drama.... and thankfully it is over. Thank you Coach Saban!)
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To: Southerngl

Anyone that would flame that is a “pure male donkey” with a hole.

Experiencing that would likely change opinions.


18 posted on 11/02/2007 7:44:29 AM PDT by zek157
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To: period end of story
I have no problem with medical marijuana. I just think it should be handled the same as any other drug - tested, reviewed, etc.

For the most part, it shouldn't be smoked. There are other ways to get the benefits of it without adding the harm of repeatedly filling lungs with smoke to an already sick person.

19 posted on 11/02/2007 7:49:46 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: period end of story

This is the only issue the Dems have right. The Repubs come off as jackboots on this one... because they are.


20 posted on 11/02/2007 8:25:19 AM PDT by Lexington Green (There ain't no news in the news no more.)
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To: period end of story

I guess I’m watching “Price is Right” reruns. At least there has to be a couple thousand of them.


21 posted on 11/02/2007 8:37:43 AM PDT by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: period end of story

There are also plenty of people who smoke dope because they’re depressed, sad, their life is screwed up. Hell...tons of excuses.


22 posted on 11/02/2007 8:39:07 AM PDT by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: Puppage

“As do I. It was the ONLY thing that helped my wife through her 2 bouts of breast cancer. You have no idea how heartbreaking it is to stay up all night, constantly emptying the “bucket” so it can be used again & again.”

I’m sorry, but according to some of the stalwarts who always come to these threads, you’re wrong. Pot didn’t help your wife and there were PLENTY of other things that would have. Your wife is a just a pothead who wanted to get stoned and used her cancer as an excuse. /s

Well, maybe I exaggerate a little, but you get the picture.


23 posted on 11/02/2007 8:44:32 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: gracesdad
but according to some of the stalwarts who always come to these threads, you’re wrong

I know. God forbid they have to go through what my wife & I did....I suspect their take on it would change quite fast.

24 posted on 11/02/2007 9:08:07 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

One would hope.


25 posted on 11/02/2007 9:19:32 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: Puppage
wait until robertpaulson shows up!
seriously though hope your wife is doing well, I have a friend who has a degenerative disease who told me of all the drugs that they've tried on him on over the years pot is the only thing that actually works.
he's been using methadone for years but said it's effectiveness has worn down over time.
26 posted on 11/02/2007 9:20:00 AM PDT by houston1
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To: period end of story

I don’t use hemp, but I will defend the plant to anyone. It’s a viable drug, great for making rope and other things. It’s an amazingly useful plant. It used to be grown as a crop legally, but no more.

Line made of hemp was stronger, more flexible, and more resistant to the damaging effects of salt water than other types of natural line.


27 posted on 11/02/2007 9:29:56 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: houston1
pot is the only thing that actually works.

But that can't be! The big government loving drug warrior statists told me that pot has no medical use!
28 posted on 11/02/2007 9:32:09 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Southerngl
Ready for the flaming of me and my mother who went to church for her whole life and was a hard choice to try it.

No flames from me. If it helps a loved one laws be d@mned. Big difference between medical and recreational use in my book. Of course the taliban section of FR forgets where all the "cain" drugs come from. If its made in a lab it's ok.

Sorry about the loss of your mom. You did good by her.

29 posted on 11/02/2007 9:32:18 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Rudy: When you absolutely,positively need a liberal for President.)
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To: mysterio
and as a side effect of that kind of thinking I have a cousin that has MS who I think it would also help but she won't try it because it's "illegal".
it's frustrating for me because she 's always trying a new medication since none of them seem to work, though they do help somewhat for a while.
30 posted on 11/02/2007 9:57:30 AM PDT by houston1
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To: beltfed308
Big difference between medical and recreational use in my book. What do you have against the recreational use of marijuana? And do you also oppose the recreational use of tobacco and alcohol?
31 posted on 11/02/2007 10:47:35 AM PDT by THC
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To: THC
What do you have against the recreational use of marijuana?

Nothing. If it was treated exactly the same as alcohol. I guess my point was that if it helps a sick person, the way the laws are now they'd be hard pressed for a conviction if I was on the jury.

And do you also oppose the recreational use of tobacco and alcohol?

Nope. I enjoy both regularly.

32 posted on 11/02/2007 11:07:47 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Rudy: When you absolutely,positively need a liberal for President.)
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To: houston1; robertpaulsen
wait until robertpaulson shows up!

Where is paulsen, anyway? Maybe he can tell the people on this thread that pot didn't really help their sick relatives.
33 posted on 11/02/2007 11:15:43 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: period end of story
"the Reason Foundation, a nonprofit educational group ..."

... that also publishes Reason magazine, a pro-recreational-pot libertarian rag. Get medical marijuana accepted and recreational marijuana will follow.

Or as Keith Stroup (former Director of NORML) said, "We are trying to get marijuana reclassified medically. If we do that, we'll be using the issue as a red herring to give marijuana a good name. That's our way of getting to them just like the paraphernalia laws are their way of getting to us."

34 posted on 11/02/2007 1:10:57 PM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: mysterio
"Maybe he can tell the people on this thread that pot didn't really help their sick relatives."

They say it did. Who am I to argue?

But I'm sure they're not using their anecdotal story as proof that marijuana should be legalized for everyone as medicine. Why, that would be irresponsible, dangerous, and just plain nutty.

35 posted on 11/02/2007 1:17:51 PM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: robertpaulsen
But I'm sure they're not using their anecdotal story as proof that marijuana should be legalized for everyone as medicine. Why, that would be irresponsible, dangerous, and just plain nutty.

No, nutty is denying sick people the access to a plant that makes them hungry. Actually, it is both nutty and cruel.
36 posted on 11/02/2007 1:28:43 PM PDT by mysterio
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"No, nutty is denying sick people the access to a plant that makes them hungry."

No, nutty is allowing sick people access to a plant which may injure or kill them.

A plant which no major medical organization supports as medicine -- and that includes the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. A plant that does not have FDA approval.

A plant where a doctor does not know how to prescribe it in terms of dosage and frequency, what the side effects are for his patient, or what drug interactions there might be with other medications he's prescribing.

We've come a long way since Clan of the Cave Bear, yet you'd rather we chew on barks and roots.

37 posted on 11/02/2007 1:47:25 PM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: MEGoody
For the most part, it shouldn't be smoked.

That's my biggest objection on this issue. Then again, I never liked the taste of any kind of smoking, whether it was cigs, or pot.

38 posted on 11/02/2007 4:29:20 PM PDT by period end of story (I may be totally wrong, but I'm a dancing fool.)
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No, nutty is allowing sick people access to a plant which may injure or kill them.

Who was killed by consuming marijuana?
39 posted on 11/02/2007 4:31:38 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Puppage

But, but, the mommy government knows what’s best for you and your wife.


40 posted on 11/02/2007 4:33:31 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: Southerngl

I find it interesting that people who will take strong prescription drugs, morphine, etc., would look down on marijuana. I don’t smoke it and wouldn’t if it were legal, but if I were ill like your mother was, I certainly would. It’s ridiculous not to take something that can ease pain.


41 posted on 11/02/2007 4:35:26 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: houston1

robertpaulson is disgusting.


42 posted on 11/02/2007 4:36:41 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: robertpaulsen
Research Supports Medicinal Marijuana
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/12/AR2007021201332.html

there was also a study done in England that found a medical value to it, didn't have time to find it though. The reason the FDA won't approve it is they say they haven't tested it, and the DEA won't approve growing it in the US for tests, catch-22
43 posted on 11/02/2007 4:38:12 PM PDT by houston1
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace

he’s a bit unreasonable on the issue but I don’t mind debating him on it if he wants to use facts, he ignores the fact that we have had federally sanctioned medical marijuana since the 70’s and still have patients approved to use it, they just froze enrollment when Reagan started the war on drugs


44 posted on 11/02/2007 4:43:55 PM PDT by houston1
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To: period end of story; Abathar; Abram; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; ..
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45 posted on 11/02/2007 6:33:02 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: houston1

Reagan far from started it. He may have turned it up a notch or two, but it was already underway for decades.


46 posted on 11/02/2007 6:34:57 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: period end of story

In pill form, medicalized and prescribed as an alternative to other meds...fine.

Smoked for highness and sold in bags...NOT!


47 posted on 11/02/2007 6:38:12 PM PDT by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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To: houston1

The WOD has done nothing to reduce the problems that drugs cause society. At some point it is luncacy to try the same thing over and over with the same results.


48 posted on 11/02/2007 6:59:10 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: traviskicks

49 posted on 11/02/2007 7:00:34 PM PDT by Lady Jag (`,,`,,Election '08...Of thee I sing,,`,,`)
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
But, but, the mommy government knows what’s best for you and your wife.

Of course. If the all knowing benevolent Congress thinks that marijuana is wrong under any circumstances, who are any of us to resist? Especially since the SCOTUS has ruled that taking marijuana in one State, and that is made in that State, is interstate commerce.

Good for Drew Carey (the new Bob Barker) and the State of California for doing the right thing. Additionally, good for the State of California for telling the Congress and the SCOTUS where to go.

50 posted on 11/02/2007 7:12:14 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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