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  • Democrats Think Medical Marijuana Will Get "Liberal Thinking Voters" To the Polls

    09/28/2014 9:33:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | September 28, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    A ballot issue in Florida this November will be "Amendment 2", a measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Crist and his liberal ally, attorney John Morgan, are proponents of the ballot measure, while current GOP governor Rick Scott is against it. WFTV9 reports: Crist has changed parties and changed stances on gay marriage, abortion and medical marijuana. He said he will vote yes on Amendment 2. “I do support it,” Crist said. “Rick Scott opposes it; I don't know what else to tell you.” Critics think medical marijuana was pushed onto the ballot by Attorney John Morgan...
  • John Morgan’s potty mouth (Florida)

    09/05/2014 10:07:03 AM PDT · by shortstop · 11 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 09/05/14 | Tribune Staff
    Attorney John Morgan’s exuberantly profane comments to Amendment 2 supporters in a Lakeland bar puts a lie to the claim that the measure is aimed solely at legalizing medical marijuana. Morgan showed up at Lakeland’s Boots ’n’ Buckles Saloon after a debate with Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd about Amendment 2 last week. He continually used four-letter words to rouse the frantic pro-amendment crowd. And although he does say he is speaking on behalf of medical marijuana, Morgan, holding a drink, also jokes, “I didn’t smoke a piece of grass all the way here. But I’ll tell you this, once...
  • Medical marijuana initiative could liven up Florida governor race

    06/27/2014 11:47:52 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 27 June 2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    Insert your favorite marijuana-related pun here: The Florida governor's race is blazing right along, the candidates are burning up the trail, the contest is really getting in the weeds, etc. However you put it, a ballot initiative on medical marijuana could have a major effect on the re-election campaign of Republican Gov. Rick Scott. A businessman who made millions in the health care industry, Scott faces Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor now running as a Democrat after a failed Senate bid. The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, would legalize medical marijuana for patients...
  • Why the Cory Booker/Rand Paul Medical Marijuana Amendment Is Right

    06/23/2014 12:17:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | June 23, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    On Friday, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Corey Booker (D-NJ) offered a medical marijuana amendment on the floor of the Senate. The bill is a massive win for states’ rights, as it outlaws the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from undermining state marijuana laws and prohibits the DEA from interfering with the production of hemp in states where it is legal. There is simply no reason the federal government should be trampling over state laws to perform armed SWAT-team raids on state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries. Destroying property and hauling entrepreneurs off to jail is not the proper...
  • Cramer giddy about overseas marijuana stock (video)

    06/20/2014 10:49:04 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    cnbc ^ | 6-20-2014 | Lee Brodie
    Forget the lighthearted puns about a new kind of Street high, Jim Cramer believes there's serious opportunity in a marijuana stock. It's GW Pharmaeuticals. Cramer is a fan of this company, in particular, because it isn't simply a bet on more states approving medical marijuana as a treatment for patients fighting cancer. Instead, this U.K.-based company is at the forefront of developing new drugs from compounds found in cannabis, or marijuana plants. And if any company has a strong pipeline of cannabis derived drugs, it's GW Pharma. "First, they've already gotten approval for their lead drug, Sativex, a mouth spray...
  • Florida governor signs law allowing limited medical marijuana use

    06/16/2014 1:36:45 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 16 2014 | Letitia Stein
    (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law on Monday allowing for the limited use of a special strain of marijuana to treat epileptic seizures and other diseases. State lawmakers passed the measure this spring with bipartisan support after impassioned appeals from parents seeking access to the form of marijuana known as "Charlotte's Web," named for a Colorado girl whose epileptic seizures have shown some response to the drug. “As a father and grandfather, you never want to see kids suffer," Scott, a Republican, said in a statement. "I am proud to stand today with families who deserve the...
  • Illinois House votes to legalize medical marijuana

    04/18/2013 11:24:45 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribue ^ | April 17, 2013 | Joanne von Alroth
    The Illinois House of Representatives voted narrowly on Wednesday to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, bringing the state a step closer to becoming the 21st in the United States to allow some form of pot use to treat illness. [...]
  • New York Considers Medical Marijuana, As Business Journalists Find A Niche

    03/28/2013 8:37:23 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | Mar 27, 2013 | Matthew Mientka
    As the New York Legislature considers a bill to allow medical marijuana, a couple of Rhode Island business journalists are reaping the profits. Anne Holland and Ron Perry founded Medical Marijuana Business Daily two years ago in Providence to cover the emerging industry of legitimate marijuana sales, as total black market business continues to represent the single largest cash crop in America at more than $35 billion. The trade in illegal marijuana - mostly for recreational use - trumps the second-largest cash crop, corn, at a mere $23.2 billion, of which $4.5 billion worth is exported from America's breadbasket to...
  • House panel says OK to medical marijuana

    03/08/2013 10:53:17 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 5 replies
    Daily Herald [IL] ^ | 3/7/2013 | Mike Riopell
    SPRINGFIELD — A panel of state lawmakers Wednesday approved legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois. Supporters of the plan say it would be the most tightly regulated marijuana law in the country, restricting who can use the drug to people suffering from specific diseases and limiting the total number of marijuana dispensaries statewide to 60. "This is clearly model legislation for the country if we pass it," said state Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat sponsoring the plan. An Illinois House committee approved it by an 11-4 vote this morning, sending the legislation to the full House. "Why would...
  • Plead Guilty or Go to Prison for Life: The Medical Marijuana Grower's Stark Choice

    01/02/2013 7:47:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Chris Williams, a Montana medical marijuana grower, faces at least five years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 1. The penalty seems unduly severe, especially because his business openly supplied marijuana to patients who were allowed to use it under state law. Yet five years is a cakewalk compared to the sentence Williams originally faced, which would have kept the 38-year-old father behind bars for the rest of his life. The difference is due to an extremely unusual post-conviction agreement that highlights the enormous power prosecutors wield as a result of mandatory minimum sentences so grotesquely unjust...
  • Man who obeyed Montana’s medical marijuana laws could get life in prison from Obama administration

    12/10/2012 1:35:00 PM PST · by grundle · 92 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 10, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    This seven minute video from the New York Times shows the story of Chris Williams in Montana. This makes me really glad that I wrote in Ron Paul for President in 2008, and voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in 2012. I also applaud Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s position on this issue. For those of you who voted for Obama, well, I hope you’re happy with his actions against medical marijuana. I hope you’re happy that this person could get life in prison. I hope you’re happy that people with AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and other illnesses, who have...
  • Pot Smokers Got Extra Food Stamps In 3 States: Munchie Allowance

    10/18/2012 4:32:32 PM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 22 replies ^ | October 18, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    ( – New York and Massachusetts are administering food stamps to 2,000 dead people, according to Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) catalog of government waste. The 2012 Waste Book, released earlier this week, documents $4.5 billion in waste in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. Among his findings, Coburn said that, “The USDA Inspector General found roughly 2,000 dead people are still receiving food stamps in New York and Massachusetts combined.” SNIP “Marijuana has been linked to an increased appetite, known as getting the ‘munchies,’ so perhaps it is no surprise the states of Maine, New...
  • Disabled Grandma Uses Bear Spray To Fend Off 13 Attackers After Her Marijuana Grow

    10/05/2012 11:00:59 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 16 replies
    DIXON (CBS13) – It was one disabled woman versus 13 intruders, and she won. The Dixon homeowner, whose identity is being kept hidden, knows what the criminals were after, but wouldn’t let them have it. She went to answer an early morning knock on the door, but not before grabbing a can of bear spray. It was her only defense against 13 intruders. She was staring down the barrel of a shotgun, facing seemingly impossible odds. Most wouldn’t dare fight back, but this disabled grandmother did.
  • Los Angeles City Council rescinds ban on medical marijuana dispensaries

    10/02/2012 2:19:11 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 7 replies
    LA Daily News ^ | 10/02/2012 | Rick Orlov
    Anticipating an expensive ballot proposition, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday backed away from its total ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. In an 11-2 vote, the council gave preliminary approval to rescinding the ban as it appeals to the state legislature to come up with more clear regulations on how to control the dispensaries. The council will give final approval to its reversal next week. Councilmen Jose Huizar and Joe Buscaino voted against rescinding the measure, saying they were concerned about the problems that developed in neighborhoods from the proliferation of the dispensaries. "I have seen where children are...
  • Colorado’s pro-pot initiative could threaten medical marijuana paradise

    10/01/2012 6:44:06 PM PDT · by Condor 63 · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Liz Goodwin
    DENVER—A ballot initiative in Colorado that could make the state the first to effectively legalize marijuana has an unlikely bunch of people very nervous: owners of the state's medical marijuana dispensaries. Despite an expected surge in demand, some fear passage of the initiative, called Amendment 64—which legalizes the buying and selling of up to one ounce of pot at a time for customers over the age of 21—could goad the federal government into a crackdown on the dispensaries, ending their industry's three-year miniboom. If the amendment passes, the "best-case scenario [is] you get a million new customers," the owner of...
  • Chairman of Progressive Corp. contributes nearly $1mil to effort to legalize medical marijuana in MA

    09/10/2012 12:01:57 PM PDT · by matt04 · 11 replies
    The chairman of insurance giant Progressive Corp. this year provided another $465,000 for a ballot question to legalize medical marijuana in Massachusetts. Peter B. Lewis, who supports medical marijuana, has now contributed $990,000, including $525,000 last year, to the Committee for Compassionate Medicine, the organization leading the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Massachusetts. Lewis is nonexecutive chairman of Progressive, which is based in Mayfield Village, Ohio. ccording to reports filed with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance last last week, the Committee for Compassionate Medicine has raised $512,850 this year and spent $405,825. Including last year, the...
  • Marijuana Fights Cancer and Helps Manage Side Effects, Researchers Find

    09/08/2012 12:51:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 179 replies
    Newsweek/The Daily Beast ^ | Sep 6, 2012 | Martin A. Lee
    Cristina Sanchez, a young biologist at Complutense University in Madrid, was studying cell metabolism when she noticed something peculiar. She had been screening brain cancer cells because they grow faster than normal cell lines and thus are useful for research purposes. But the cancer cells died each time they were exposed to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive ingredient of marijuana. Instead of gaining insight into how cells function, Sanchez had stumbled upon the anti-cancer properties of THC. In 1998, she reported in a European biochemistry journal that THC “induces apoptosis [cell death] in C6 glioma cells,” an aggressive form of...
  • Paul Ryan Talks Medical Marijuana Legalization: ‘Let the States Decide’

    09/08/2012 8:02:50 AM PDT · by Lexington Green · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/8/2012 | Jason Howerton
    The issue of legalizing medical marijuana is not high on the priority list for the Romney/Ryan ticket. However, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan on Thursday told Colorado station KRDO-TV that legalizing medical marijuana is a decision that should be made by individual states. “My personal position on these issues has been let the states decide what they want to do with these things,” he said. “This is something that is not a high priority of ours.” Colorado is currently mulling whether to legalize marijuana and residents will vote on the issue in November with “Amendment 64” on the ballot....
  • Will Kumar Ask Barack About Medical Marijuana Crackdown?

    09/04/2012 8:46:14 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 4, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    Harold & Kumar Go to the DNC. Or at least Kumar aka Kal Penn is going to the DNC. As you can see in this video, actor Kal Penn who worked on and off for the Obama administration for a couple of years will be hosting a show at the Democrat National Convention this Thursday for BarackObama.Com. Since the main characteristic of Kumar in the movies is heavy duty marijuana smoking, how would that character feel about the big crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries by the Obama administration? Kumar would probably dare to ask Obama about the hypocrisy of trying...
  • Biggest current obstacles to medical marijuana are President Obama & progressives on SCOTUS

    08/06/2012 12:20:12 PM PDT · by grundle · 54 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 5, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Full title: The biggest current obstacles to medical marijuana are President Obama and the progressives on the Supreme Court I’m a libertarian, and I think that both medical and recreational marijuana should be legal. That being said, I myself have never smoked marijuana, or tobacco, or been drunk, or used any illegal drug. I do, however, think that it’s completely ridiculous to put non-violent people in jail for using mind altering substances. And I especially detest the idea of the government preventing people from using a medical treatment which has been proven in scientific studies to be beneficial for patients...
  • The biggest obstacles to medical marijuana are Obama and the progressives on the Supreme Court

    08/05/2012 9:55:49 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies ^ | August 5, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    However, even though Raich’s medical marijuana never crossed state lines, and was never sold for money, the United States Supreme court still ruled that Raich’s medical marijuana constituted “interstate commerce.” This ruling, which took place in 2005, is called Gonzales v. Raich. The precedent cited for this ruling is the 1942 case Wickard v. Filburn. Other than the fact that one case was about wheat and the other was about medical marijuana, the two cases are identical. Thus, the 2005 ruling against medical marijuana is based on policies which were enacted and supported by progressives during the New Deal. And...
  • Local Medical Marijuana Advocates Lament Los Angeles Decision (banning dispensaries)

    07/26/2012 5:26:05 AM PDT · by dennisw · 32 replies
    kcoy. ^ | By Keith Carls
    Los Angeles has become the latest big city in California to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Now concern is mounting that those who need medical cannabis to treat legitimate ailments will be forced back to the black market and the danger that goes with it. Medical marijuana advocates on the Central Coast are warning of the law of unintended consequences in the ongoing crackdown of dispensaries in California. They say the proposed benefit law enforcement is advocating in shutting down the pot shops will ultimately do more harm than good to our communities. At the Santa Barbara offices of Canamed, which...
  • LA City Council votes to ban marijuana shops

    07/25/2012 1:50:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 7/24/2012 | GREG RISLING
    Unable to rein in hundreds of medical pot shops that blossomed around the nation's second-biggest metropolis, the Los Angeles City Council banned them Tuesday until the state's highest court weighs in. The 14-0 vote drew an angry, profanity-laced response from some medical marijuana advocates who attended the council meeting. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was prepared to sign the ordinance, according to his spokeswoman, Vicki Curry. The storefront ban would then go into effect after 30 days. In the interim, letters will be sent to as many as 900 dispensaries advising them of the ban. The city has fumbled with its medical...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 07-12-12 (HUffies Outraged Over Fed Crackdown on Largest Marijuana Dispensary)

    07/12/2012 12:48:51 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | July 12, 2012 | HUffies and PJ-Comix
    It can't be! It can't be! The feds are now cracking down bigtime on medical marijuana dispensaries despite a promise from the Obama Regime that it would leave them alone if they were in compliance with state laws. That is why the HUffington Post HUffies are so upset over the news that the feds are cracking down on the Harborside Health Center of Oakland, CA, the biggest medical marijuana dispensary in the world. You might remember Harborside and its owner, Steve DeAngelo, from the discovery channel's "Weed Wars" last year. Your humble correspondent, despite never having partaken of the...
  • U.S. cracks down on "world's largest" medical marijuana dispensary

    07/12/2012 1:20:55 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 11, 2012 | Dan Whitcomb
    Federal prosecutors have filed civil forfeiture actions against an Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the world's largest Harborside says it is the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world, serving more than 100,000 patients In a statement on its website, the clinic said, "Harborside has nothing to be ashamed of, and will contest the Federal actions openly and publicly, with every legal means at our disposal." "We look forward to our day in court, and are confident that justice is on our side. Come what may, we shall continue to care for our patients unless we are...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 4 - a rebuttal

    06/08/2012 12:53:33 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 29 replies
    (self) | June 8, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 4;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at; "Fact 2" rebutted at; "Fact 3" rebutted at Claim 4. "Smoked marijuana is not scientifically approved medicine. Marinol, the legal version of medical marijuana, is approved by science." Claim: Medical marijuana already exists. It’s called Marinol. A pharmaceutical product, Marinol, is widely available...
  • Pelosi calls on Obama to respect states’ rights, end medical marijuana raids (Hussein's fault!)

    05/03/2012 7:15:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/03/12 | Steven Nelson
    Pelosi calls on Obama to respect states’ rights, end medical marijuana raidsBy Steven Nelson | The Daily Caller – 5 hrs ago House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants President Barack Obama to lay off the weed. Reacting to an ongoing crackdown on medical marijuana facilities in California, Pelosi said in a Wednesday statement, “I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California.” The California Democrat said that medical marijuana is “both a medical and a states’ rights issue.” California legalized the...
  • Obama, the Happy Drug Warrior

    04/08/2012 8:26:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | April 8, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    Why is the federal government under President Barack Obama arguably tougher on medical marijuana operations than it was under George W. Bush? That's the question that anti-drug-war groups have been asking themselves for months. In 2008, antiprohibitionists thought an Obama administration would not tread on medical marijuana dispensaries in states where they are legal. Obama's 2008 campaign spokesman, Ben LaBolt, told me Obama "believes that states and local governments are best-positioned to strike the balance between making sure that these policies are not abused for recreational drug use and making sure that doctors and their patients can safely access pain...
  • Medical Marijuana Workers To Announce Plans To Unionize - Los Angeles

    03/22/2012 8:39:00 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 23 replies · 1+ views
    CBS-TV Los Angeles ^ | March 22, 2012 | CBS-TV
    Medical marijuana dispensary workers are expected to announce plans Thursday to unionize. The workers will join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents grocery workers, food workers, pharmacists and health care workers.
  • Obama Cracks Down On Medical Marijuana [even in states where it's legal]

    03/14/2012 5:16:56 PM PDT · by grundle · 37 replies
    NPR ^ | July 12, 2011 | Carrie Johnson
    In many ways, things have been looking up for supporters of medical marijuana. Opinion polls now suggest that the American public is swinging behind the idea — and it's already legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia. But the Obama administration has been taking a very different view lately. Marijuana has been cropping up all over the country, becoming legal for medical use in places like Montana and Colorado, where the drug's so available that it became a target on Saturday Night Live this year. On that show's "Weekend Update," Seth Meyers drew laughs when he said, "A...
  • Israel is World Leader in Medical Marijuana Use

    03/07/2012 4:22:54 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 37 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/06/12 | Lahav Harkov
    Anesthesiologist and pain relief expert tells Knesset Committee on Drug Abuse that Israel is leader in the field. By MCT Israel is the world leader in medical marijuana use, anesthesiologist and pain relief expert Dr. Bareket Schiff- Keren told the Knesset Committee on Drug Abuse on Tuesday.
  • Colorado Medical Marijuana Users Got the Full SWAT Treatment Because of Their Legal Plants

    02/29/2012 11:53:16 AM PST · by Altariel · 36 replies · 2+ views
    Reason ^ | February 28, 2012 | Lucy Steigerwald
    Further details from KRDO reveal that when the police came to the home previously (at around 10 p.m. on Christmas 2011), Ball and Glandorf showed their medical marijuana cards, but refused to let officers in because they didn’t have a warrant. This, says Colorado Springs police spokesperson Barbara Miller, is kind of dubious: “If you have nothing to hide, most people would open the door and say, ‘Yes, please come in and and let’s dispel any information you have because it’s false.” **** And after that, no arrests were made or charges were filed, because the patients were not growing...
  • Voters want to tax, regulate, medical marijuana

    02/02/2012 2:02:02 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | February 1st, 2012 | Teri Sforza, Register staff writer
    Nearly 60 percent of likely voters favor regulating — and taxing — medical marijuana in California, according to a new poll by Adam D. Probolsky of Probolsky Research LLC. The California Medical Marijuana Regulation Act – which may appear on the November ballot – reads as follows: “Creates a state enforcement division to regulate and control all entities involved in the commercial cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of medical marijuana in California; requires their mandatory registration with the state; and establishes a state excise tax of upon all medical marijuana grown for sale in California.” When asked how they would...
  • The Debate On California's Pot Shops (Law of Unintended Consequences Paging Congressman Paul)

    09/24/2007 11:03:19 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 79 replies · 158+ views
    CBS News 60 Minutes ^ | Sept. 23, 2007 | Morley Safer
    A decade ago, California became the first of a dozen states in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. True believers, including many doctors, say pot works to ease pain or counter the side effects of chemotherapy. And the National Academy of Sciences agrees, if the drug is carefully used. Critics see medical use as the gateway to legalizing all marijuana. Well, how is the California state law working? For one thing, the federal government still views marijuana, medical or otherwise, as illegal and has been cracking down on dispensaries that sell it. For another, it's clear there are legions of...