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SilverCougar

It's insane.. they've been seeing in studies that marijuana has a hand in helping to shrink cancer cells and tumors... But OMFGS You're a horrible criminal if you smoke it!

Oh and a little frosting on this crapfest?

U.S. Drug Policy Would Be Imposed Globally By New House Bill

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday that would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that, if carried out in the U.S., would violate the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) -- even if the planned activities are legal in the countries where they're carried out. The new law, sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) allows prosecutors to bring conspiracy charges against anyone who discusses, plans or advises someone else to engage in any activity that violates the CSA, the massive federal law that prohibits drugs like marijuana and strictly regulates prescription medication.

"Under this bill, if a young couple plans a wedding in Amsterdam, and as part of the wedding, they plan to buy the bridal party some marijuana, they would be subject to prosecution," said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for reforming the country's drug laws. "The strange thing is that the purchase of and smoking the marijuana while you're there wouldn't be illegal. But this law would make planning the wedding from

Seriously?!

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FurthurBB

First of all, here's the criteria for a drug to be rated as a Schedule 1 Narcotic.

The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. --- [so we ALL know marijuana doesn't meet this criteria]

The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. --- [patently does not meet this criteria either. It is the BEST known antiemetic available and has other pain control qualities]

There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision --- [there is no data to support that it's not safe under medical supervision, in fact, there's more data to support the fact that marijuana is VERY safe under medical supervison and frankly it's safe under personal supervision as well]

The reality is that marijuana is on the Schedule 1 list at the hand of the FDA and DEA. It shouldn't be there. It doesn't meet the government's own criteria.

For pete sake COCAINE is a Schedule 2 substance. It's suppose to be used topically, like lydocaine, or novocaine, HOWEVER, did you know that "topical" also incudes orally sometimes? Many pharmacies dispense cocaine, in elixer form, as part of a pain cocktail. Often to stomach or intestinal cancer patients who require the numbing effect in their digestive tract. So if you're dying of cancer, you can get you some cocaine, but you can't get some pot which actually HELPS in positive ways??? Really? REALLY?

It is kind of ridiculous that one man who wanted notoriety caused all this.

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sam12six

The federal gubment's job was supposed to do two things (and only 2 things):

Ensure basic freedoms to citizens (like voting and not being slaves), and provide a collective voice with which to interact with other nations for diplomacy and trade.

I know that's crazy, Ron Paul talk, but that's what I got out of government class and reading the constitution.

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ninjadude

"Was" being the operative word.

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Dan'O

So how do we fix this? What's Ron's views on the subject?

The people really have spoken on this in many states across the US. I guess someone needs to write a bill to repeal criminalization?

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rashore

So how do we fix this? What's Ron's views on the subject?

The people really have spoken on this in many states across the US. I guess someone needs to write a bill to repeal criminalization?

There is one already, H.R. 2493. Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act. From 2009.

There's also H.R. 2306. Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011.

Most states have things on the table that range from legalizing hemp, to medical marijuana, to decriminalization of recreational cannabis, to flat out just making the plant legal in personal amounts. There have been multiple efforts sent to the hill for all of that, as well as cries to reschedule cannabis and for the hill to recognize the differences between hemp, MM, and recreational cannabis too.

We keep hollering about this plant, but the changes to approve are much slower than they were to condemn almost a hundred years ago.

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rashore

Here's an interesting article from the L.A. Times in light of this issue...

L.A. Times Article

Seems like some doctors are sick of being in the middle of the mess and just wants cannabis legalized now. Can't say as I blame them, if I were a doctor I too would be tired of the seesaw that this debate has seen over the last decade or two.

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