Medical Marijuana Comes to Connecticut

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For our Northeastern neighbor, it's a shame 4/20 was two weeks ago

This morning, after 10 hours of debate, the Connecticut Senate voted 21 to 13 on a bill that will legalize marijuana for medical usage. After already being cleared in the House, the "green" legislation heads to the desk of Governor Dannel P. Malloy. He is expected to sign off on his state becoming the 16th in the nation (don't forget about D.C., too) to put pot in the hands of pharmacists with "special licenses."

In response to the recent DEA flip-flop on enforcement by Obama's Justice Department, legislators treaded lightly in the writing of the bill in an effort to qualm any conflicts that may arise with the federal agency. In other words, Connecticut does not want to be the next California.

Here's how the system will work:

Anyone interested in acquiring the medical marijuana must report through with the Department of Consumer Protection first. Then, according to Reuters, patients must exhibit symptoms to doctors of "debilitating diseases, like cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy."   

The serious tone of the necessary conditions exemplifies the fear of federal authority (talk about Big Government). No excuses like "my neck hurts" or "I can't concentrate" here. That awkward relationship and terminology isn't stopping the steamrolling, though. As of April 11th, 12 states' medical marijuana bills are still pending, including New York. 

But, for now, New Yorkers can just hop on the Metro North if they get a craving for a little decriminalization. 

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ProudcitizenoftheUSA
ProudcitizenoftheUSA

Decriminalize Marijuana, no one healthy or sick deserves to be stigmatized over a benign substance that has not caused a single overdose in its 5000 plus years of recorded history. Can marijuana cause psychological problems? Yes, but so can too much internet, television, porn, eating, smoking cigarettes, and consuming alcohol.If sensible drug policies were truly based on rationalistic and evidence based practices, we would have legalized its usage decades ago. However, its better late than never to decriminalize marijuana. If you are from New Jersey, ask your local assembly man/woman to support Assembly Bill 1465. A nation that fails to protect its citizen for minor issues, is a nation that will not protect you when there is a major problem. Marijuana is a minor issue that does not require criminal justice intervention, instead the government could better extend its services by protecting citizens through public health and non-justice interventions for "marijuana addicts" or under-age marijuana users. As a proud citizen of the USA, I believe it is our patriotic duty to eliminate draconian laws that have been systematically used to oppress minorities and youths.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

An appeal to all Prohibitionists: 

Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard or a local/national politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? 

Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem. 

Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 1):

Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice's lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.

OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER, (PART 2):

In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, "in a dose-dependent manner" (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, "Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer," AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.

OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 3):

Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn't also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 4):

Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased Lung Cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.

Maria Brown
Maria Brown

ok, so the herb is now a medicine? can i make an order and then deliver it to me?  

SickOfTheStupid
SickOfTheStupid

more garbage legislation ............just pandering for votes with out actually tackling the problem.

Tom Tudo
Tom Tudo

Any country that locks it's citizens up for the "crime" of using a G-d given herb, a plant, is in no position to comment or critisize on ANY other countries human rights record.

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