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A plea for medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Advocates have pushed for legalizing medical marijuana in New York state for more than a decade and lawmakers at one point agreed.
 
They are back once again, hoping that the new Senate leadership coalition may overcome what has traditionally been opposition by Republicans to such a move. Diane Savino, they note, is a member of the Independent Democratic Conference, which has joined forces with Republicans to control the state Senate. Savino in past years has carried a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The Assembly has passed such a measure but it hasn’t gotten through the Senate, at least in recent years.
 
Additionally, members of the state Alliance for Medical Marijuana say they have heard from senate Republicans who sound more amenable to adding New York to the list of more than a dozen other states that allow cannabis to be used for health reasons.
 
“There is definitely more support in the Republican conference than there has ever been,” said Evan Nison of the Alliance.
 
Members brought some medical marijuana users with them to Albany to bolster their argument.
 
“They don’t know what to do with me,” said Burt Aldrich, of Stone Ridge, UIster County. Paralyzed when he broke his neck jumping into a pool years ago, Aldrich says marijuana is the best way he’s found to ease the pain, spasms and muscle tightness he experiences. Recently, though, police found his marijuana in his home after they showed up responding to a break-in report.
 
He was charged but the case still hasn’t been resolved, said Aldrich.
 
“I’m tired of feeling like a criminal,” agreed Richard Williams of Richmondville, Schoharie County, who uses medical marijuana to relieve symptoms caused by HIV/AIDS and the medications he takes for that.
 
The Alliance’s Adam Scavone added that they hope a medical marijuana bill this year includes provisions to have the substance covered under the new I-Stop law designed to cut down on prescription drug abuse.
That would help reassure critics that the substance would be used for legitimate medical reason, rather than simply to get high.
 
“We’re talking about medical use only, here,” said Lisa Roche-Schroeder a nurse from Little Falls who supports legalized medical marijuana.
 

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Money and Weed

Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, January, 25th 2013 by THCFinder

 


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Man gets 10 years for growing marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Another sad story of a person getting a harsh jail sentence for growing Marijuana, a plant that has been proven time after time to have medicinal properties that can save peoples lives!
 
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA — A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for growing marijuana.
 
Fifty-four-year-old Floyd Everett Harshman was sentenced Thursday for growing marijuana in 19 greenhouses along the Elliott Highway.
 
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/hbseRB) says the sentence is the minimum for the crimes that Harshman pleaded guilty to. He admitted operating a more than 100-plant marijuana grow and having a firearm while committing a drug crime.
 
Harshman has been unsuccessful in withdrawing his guilty plea. Federal District Court Judge Ralph Beistline told Harshman that he got a good deal and has been treated fairly by the courts.
 

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Abominable Snowman (ABS)

Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, January, 25th 2013 by THCFinder

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The DEA's marijuana mistake

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
The DEA and the National Institute for Drug Abuse block serious research on medical uses of marijuana, creating a ridiculous circle of denials.
 
For a muscular agency that combats vicious drug criminals, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration acts like a terrified and obstinate toddler when it comes to basic science. For years, the DEA and the National Institute for Drug Abuse have made it all but impossible to develop a robust body of research on the medical uses of marijuana.
 
A pro-marijuana group lost its legal battle this week when a federal appellate court ruled that marijuana would remain a Schedule I drug, defined as having no accepted medical value and a high potential for abuse. The court deferred to the judgment of federal authorities, quoting the DEA's statement that "the effectiveness of a drug must be established in well-controlled, well-designed, well-conducted and well-documented scientific studies.... To date, such studies have not been performed."
 
But guess who bears responsibility for this level of ignorance? The DEA itself, which through its ultra-tight restrictions on marijuana has made it nearly impossible for researchers to obtain the drug for study, and the National Institute for Drug Abuse, which controls the availability of the tiny quantity of research-grade marijuana that is federally approved for production.
 
The few, smaller studies conducted so far suggest marijuana has promise as a medicine, but they're far from conclusive. The National Cancer Institute and the Institute of Medicine support further research.
 
The judges had it right: In the absence of scientific evidence, they are not in a position to make medical decisions for the country or to set research priorities for the U.S. government. But the Obama administration can and should put the dark ages of uninformed fear behind us and release the death grip of the DEA and the National Institute for Drug Abuse on research-grade marijuana. President Obama then should direct the National Institutes of Health to fund worthwhile research, just as he recently ordered the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence.
 

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Time to Medicate

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 25th 2013 by THCFinder


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