Medical Marijuana Joints
The Pot Point
What is behind the war on cannabis (both medicinal and recreational) and will marijuana ever be legalized? What are the effects of smoking weed? Where does President Obama stand? John Fugelsang (Political Comedian) led this week's panel on TYT’s “The Point” to discuss those issues and more with Cornell Reid (Comedian), Dave Brian (Editor - The 420 Times), and Sam Humeid (Owner - Perennial Holistic Wellness Center). Not on the live panel, but providing “points,” were Steve Elliott (Author - "The Little Black Book of Marijuana" and editor of Toke of The Town), and Dr. Igor Grant (Professor of Psychiatry - UC San Diego).
It was a great discussion ranging from the history of cannabis and its prohibition to the stigma that still surrounds marijuana to the politics of this controversial, yet healing, plant.
Marijuana is permeating every part of our culture. Thanks to the internet, the propaganda that has been used against cannabis for the last 75 years no longer influences like it once did. Information is widely available and the vast majority of the country now favors legalizing medical marijuana in their state.
MA Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren Voices Support for Medical Marijuana
Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren offered her support for legalizing medical marijuana in an interview with a Boston radio station on Monday. She said her father's battle with cancer taught her the importance of using appropriate drugs to help alleviate pain.
“You know, I held my father's hand while he died of cancer,” she said, “and it's really painful when you do something like that up close and personal. My mother was already gone, and I was very, very close to my father. And it puts me in a position of saying, if there's something a physician can prescribe that can help someone who's suffering, I'm in favor of that. Now, I want to make sure they've got the right restrictions. It should be like any other prescription drug -- that there's careful control over it. But I think it's really hard to watch somebody suffer that you love.”
Voters in Massachusetts will be deciding this fall on whether or not to make Question 3 law, and legalize medical marijuana for qualified patients.
Meanwhile, across the country in Colorado, former GOP Rep. Tom Tancredo voiced his support for his state's ballot measure to legalize the sale of marijuana in a letter to Republican lawmakers. "I have decided that it presents a responsible, effective and much-needed solution to a misguided policy,” Tancredo wrote last week. "Eighty years ago, Colorado voters concerned about the health and safety of their families and communities approved a ballot initiative to repeal alcohol prohibition prior to it being done by the federal government. This November, we have the opportunity to end the equally problematic and ineffective policy of marijuana prohibition."
The momentum is clearly with those who favor marijuana law reform. Will it translate into votes in November?
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