Even Montel Williams Has Trouble Selling Medical Marijuana
Category: Celebrities | Posted on Thu, December, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
Montel Williams has been many things in his career, and medical marijuana patient, advocate and entrepreneur is one. Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 13 years ago, Williams has used and fought for medical marijuana in eight of the 16 states that currently allow it.
Yesterday, he brought his personal story and celebrity status to bear upon Ward 5, where he hopes to set up two cultivation centers and further the cause of medical marijuana not far from where he grew up in Baltimore.
Standing in front of 60 people in the basement of a Baptist Church just off of Rhode Island Avenue NE last night, Williams used his well-honed skills as a talk show to lay out the case for medical marijuana, both personally and politically. He spoke of his own affliction, and how despite popular conceptions and fears about marijuana, it has significant medicinal value for people with a variety of ailments.
"I try my best to do the best I can to keep a positive image forward for cameras, but most people here have no clue what I live with on a daily basis," he said, leaning against a table to head off what he said was persistent pains that flared up in the evening hours.
Speaking of his advocacy for medical marijuana across the country, though, Williams admitted that he had spent more time arguing for program's than he did observing what came of them after-the-fact.
"As I've looked back behind me, I realized that I'm also part of the problem, because i created an opportunity for some people who don't give a damn about people like myself, who are patients," he said.
"After paying very close attention to almost every municipality where they've passed these laws, I've taken a look and about a year-and-a-half ago got fed up and got to the point that i decided and was actually challenged by a city councilmember in Los Angeles. 'You gotta put your face where your mouth is. If nobody is going to do it right and you claim to have the way to do it right, why don't you step up to the plate and show us how to do it right?' Well, I've done that," said Williams, who also operates a cultivation center and dispensary in Sacramento, California.
US governors seek federal marijuana clearance
Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON — A pair of US governors have filed a petition asking the US federal government to allow wider use of medical marijuana by authorizing doctors to prescribe it and pharmacies to provide it.
The petition to reclassify the drug was filed Wednesday by the governors of the western state of Washington and the northeastern state of Rhode Island, which are among the 16 states that have legalized medical marijuana use.
The current federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug means it cannot be prescribed by doctors, putting states that allow medical marijuana use at odds with federal law.
"Sadly, patients must find their way along unfamiliar, uncertain paths to get what their doctors tell them would help -- medical cannabis to relieve their suffering," said a statement by Washington governor Chris Gregoire.
"People weak and sick with cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases and conditions suddenly feel like -- or in fact become -- law breakers."
The US Drug Enforcement Agency considers marijuana to have no medicinal value, and the FDA five years ago declined to approve it for medical use.
The Institute of Medicine in 1999 "emphasized that smoked marijuana is a crude drug delivery system that exposes patients to a significant number of harmful substances."
But Gregoire said some medical groups have since changed their minds, such as the American Medical Association which two years ago "reversed its position and now supports investigation and clinical research of cannabis for medicinal use."
Others such as the American College of Physicians, the Washington State Medical Association, Washington State Pharmacy, and Rhode Island Medical Society also support a reclassification.
Gregoire said her petition will require the government agencies to "conduct a new scientific review and analysis of recent advances in cannabis research since the last time the FDA reviewed the matter in 2006."
Ladies know how it's done!
Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, November, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
Poll: Majority of New Jerseyans support marijuana decriminalization
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
Also have overwhelming support for medical use
Hey, pass the news around, dude. Six in 10 New Jerseyans feel penalties for marijuana use should be relaxed, just over half think pot possession should not be penalized at all, and one-third would completely legalize its sale and use, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Wednesday.
In the almost 40 years since Rutgers-Eagleton first asked about penalties for marijuana use, New Jerseyans have become more relaxed about the issue. In May 1972, four in 10 New Jerseyans said penalties for marijuana use should be reduced.
Like many other issues, marijuana has become more partisan over the years: in 1972, Democrats and Republicans were only four points apart, but the latest poll finds the gap has grown to 20 points, with 64 percent of Democrats, but only 44 percent of Republicans supporting reduced penalties for its use. At the same time, 86 percent support the availability of medical marijuana by prescription, including 92 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of Republicans.
(Read more) http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com
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