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Medical Marijuana laws working well report says
Eugene Register Guard ^ | 11-30-2002 | AP

Posted on 11/30/2002 4:40:33 PM PST by Rocksalt

November 30, 2002

Medical marijuana laws working well, report says By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Law enforcement officials in four of the states that allow medical use of marijuana say the laws have had minimal impact on crimefighting, although they at times complicate prosecution of drug cases, a congressional report said Friday.

The report by the General Accounting Office said that only a small fraction of the people in Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska used marijuana for medical purposes. The results in California, the fourth state studied, were limited to only four counties and no statewide data were available.

Some law enforcement officials said that while crimefighting was not harmed, the laws allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana at times has complicated efforts to seize illegal marijuana or to prosecute some cases, according to the GAO report.

In some cases, law enforcement officials said the marijuana laws resulted in ``a general softening'' in attitudes among the public toward marijuana, the report said, and some were concerned about conflicts that arise with federal law enforcement, which still bans the drug.

The GAO examined only four of the eight states that have allowed medical uses for marijuana. The other states are Nevada, Colorado, Washington and Maine.

The GAO found that a total of about 2,450 people in Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska use marijuana for medical purposes - accounting for no more than .05 percent of the population in any of the states.

The report provided no statewide data for California. That state's law does not require medicinal marijuana users to register, although about 4,500 people have done so voluntarily in four of the state's 58 counties, according to the GAO.

In Northern California, Humboldt County officials said marijuana growers are allowed to grow hundreds of plants while claiming to be a medical caregiver to multiple patients, and no documentation is required.

Some local law enforcement officials in California questioned how effectively they could prosecute criminal marijuana cases since the state has no limit on the amount of marijuana that can be held by a patient or a caregiver.

While the other three states have established limits, some law enforcement officials said they too were less likely to pursue cases that could be shielded by the provisions.

The Bush administration disagreed with some of the report's findings.

The state marijuana laws have resulted in a ``worsening of relations between federal, state and local law enforcement,'' Acting Assistant Attorney General Robert Diegelman wrote the review of the report.

The laws create ``legal loopholes for drug dealers and marijuana cultivators to avoid arrest and prosecution,'' he said.

Data from the three states that require registries - Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska - showed that over 70 percent of medicinal marijuana users from each state were at least 40 years old.

In Hawaii and Oregon, where information on gender was kept, about 70 percent of users in each state were male, according to the report.

The GAO conducted its study from September 2001 to June 2002.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: doperalert; loserdopers; saynottopot; wodlist; wodnews
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To: Hacksaw
incase you are wondering I posted the Jedigirl comment, she maintained a hellof a bump list
and was famous for slamming the likes of many JBT's.
she is quite articulate, and has a great sense of humor.
and although she does advocate almost all drugs she is quite sharp.
make of it what you want she was respected on this forum by many people.
51 posted on 12/02/2002 1:23:27 PM PST by vin-one
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To: Hacksaw
Oh hell, post it on whatever board she is on and let her rip on me.

Anybody know where she frequents these days? I don't have much time for other forums, other than the occasional foray into DU for a good laugh/cry.
52 posted on 12/02/2002 1:24:35 PM PST by jmc813
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To: Hacksaw
you are using an admitted 17 year old abuser to justify your position.

More lies---nobody used her to justify anything, and she never stated that she was an abuser.

53 posted on 12/02/2002 1:27:12 PM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: MrLeRoy
Bump for an end to the madness of the WOsD... and perhaps we could deep-fry the DEAgents? That'd be suitable for them. (disclaimer: DON'T try this at home, boys and girls. Mrs. Grundy has a very long nose!)
54 posted on 12/02/2002 2:33:59 PM PST by dcwusmc
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To: MrLeRoy
More lies---nobody used her to justify anything, and she never stated that she was an abuser.

Yes, you people use her and her bump list to justify abuse of drugs. And her admission of her regular purchase of drugs in Europe along with her husband is certainly an indication of abuse. But I am sure she and her husband can stop any time.

55 posted on 12/02/2002 5:44:49 PM PST by Hacksaw
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To: jmc813
Anybody know where she frequents these days? I don't have much time for other forums, other than the occasional foray into DU for a good laugh/cry.

Check out Liberty Forum or Liberty Post - I unfortunately do not have the full URL's. :(

56 posted on 12/02/2002 5:47:52 PM PST by Hacksaw
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To: Hacksaw
Yes, you people use her and her bump list to justify abuse of drugs.

No, some people use her bump list to communicate with fellow FReepers. And the content of those communications is never to "justify abuse of drugs" but to advocate freedom for adults.

And her admission of her regular purchase of drugs in Europe along with her husband is certainly an indication of abuse.

Nonsense; is my regular purchase of gasoline "certainly an indication of gasoline abuse"?

57 posted on 12/03/2002 6:10:50 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: Hacksaw
The process to addiction to alcohol or tobacco takes much longer that heroin or weed.

Provide evidence for your claim.

Still no evidence?

58 posted on 12/03/2002 6:40:48 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: MrLeRoy
No, some people use her bump list to communicate with fellow FReepers. And the content of those communications is never to "justify abuse of drugs" but to advocate freedom for adults.

BS.

59 posted on 12/03/2002 1:21:56 PM PST by Hacksaw
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To: Hacksaw
Thanks for the deep thoughts, liar.
60 posted on 12/03/2002 1:33:40 PM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: stripes1776
"Who are the liberals going to sue for multi-millions when habitual marijuana-smoking users develop lung cancer? The government?"

I have not heard of any suits of this sort at this point.I just think people who are suffering should not be denied the right to use the stuff as medicine.I had a good friend who had cancer,and after chemo treatments the stuff enabled her to eat.If someone is really suffering,I say let them have it,it's certainly alot less dangerous than alot of other medicines.


61 posted on 12/03/2002 6:12:45 PM PST by Rocksalt
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To: MrLeRoy
Thanks for the deep thoughts, liar.

Coming from a BS artist as yourself, that is a compliment. As far as the "evidence" you demanded (not that I need to justify myself to the likes of you) it comes from working with other addicts and alcoholics and talking to therapists and rehab conselours. And I think they know just a little bit more about it than you do. How many old junkies do you know vs alcoholics?

Keep slinging the BS pal - I am another one who does not buy it.

62 posted on 12/05/2002 6:58:44 AM PST by Hacksaw
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To: Hacksaw
As far as the "evidence" you demanded [...] it comes from working with other addicts and alcoholics and talking to therapists and rehab conselours.

That's not evidence, just more of your unsubstantiated claims.

63 posted on 12/05/2002 7:19:35 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: Rocksalt
I have not heard of any suits of this sort at this point.M.

I am not talking about the use of this drug for medical purposes. I am talking about the legalization of marijuana for comsumption by anyone who wants to use it. What are the long-term health risks for habitual users?

This is the issue that is being ignore by those who want to legaize the use of marijuana. There are significant health risks involved.

Liberals want this drug legalized, so my question is, "When thousands of people come down with lung cancer and other ailments from smoking marijuana for 30 years, who are they going to sue?" Since there won't be any big companies like the tabacco companies to sue, does that mean that the federal government will have to pay? This really means the the average taxpayer who doesn't use this drug will have to pay the bill for other peoples' reckless behavior.

64 posted on 12/24/2002 5:16:36 PM PST by stripes1776
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