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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Legalization Nation

Re: “Life After Melinda Haag

The stench of the war on drugs, which like all wars, is a war on people, pervades our bureaucratic Puritan culture.

Important that the article points out the ongoing support for the war among local agencies.

The only real answer is total decriminalization at every bureaucratic level.

Medical marijuana is not an answer--it means ongoing regulation and ongoing creation of criminals and injustice system victims all in the name of bureaucratic income.

Some people will have read a bit of history about Prohibition. We have never learned!

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/12/2015 at 9:10 AM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

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Posted by Editor on 08/08/2015 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Oakland's Problem with Rogue Dispensaries

"The City of Oakland is renowned for pioneering cannabis regulations and its policies have served as a model in the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana."

And the city's ability to carry out policy and to regulate appropriately is a total mess.

Oakland.

Needless to say the solution to the government-created problem is complete decriminalization/legalization.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/15/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Oakland's Problem with Rogue Dispensaries

Who care? Big deal.

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Posted by Justin Jewsus on 07/15/2015 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Oakland's Problem with Rogue Dispensaries

Article author: Champion street at MacArthur, where First Hemp Bank is located, is distinctly in the DIMOND district. Please don't tar Fruitvale's reputation by repeatedly referring to the wrong neighborhood.

Feel free to delete this comment after you have made that correction.

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Posted by Mas Nickopazno on 07/15/2015 at 7:12 AM

Re: “From Growing Marijuana Outdoors to Maximum THC

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Posted by Editor on 07/13/2015 at 7:44 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

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Posted by Editor on 07/12/2015 at 2:26 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

Can President Obama do a executive order to change Marijuana from a schedule 1 drug by himself? Or does the FDA & Congress have to also approve the change.

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Posted by Kim Paluch Moore on 07/11/2015 at 8:51 PM

Re: “A Tectonic Shift for Marijuana

How can you tax sales on a non profit corp? They are donations. Perhaps a class action/group lawsuit would succeed in giving back to operators. They will definitely need to end the non profit and not for profit concept, because it is not reasonable to tax someone whose business model is to not make a profit.

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Posted by Jereme Fishel on 07/11/2015 at 6:35 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

It's Nixon's War on Drugs that is Breaking Americas Back,His Antiquated values,are outdated,and all laws prohibiting the use of Marijuana,Should be over-turned,and set cannibus free.

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Posted by Mark Bilsland on 07/11/2015 at 5:38 AM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

Half of these comments should be their own articles so I can share them on Facebook. As it is, I can only share this article and hope others read the comments.

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Posted by Perry Schwab on 07/10/2015 at 5:34 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

repeal all cannabis prohibition......return this plant to all peoples of the earth...and let no govt. corp. or entity of any kind interfere with the utilization of cannabis for the benifit of humankind. As the peoples of the earth see fit. peace to all..........cannabis is good medicine!

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Posted by Brian Collins on 07/10/2015 at 2:53 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the anti-war left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting people to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, break up their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” --John Erlichman

Prohibition of marijuana is a premise built on a tissue of lies: Concern For Public Safety. Our new laws save hundreds of lives every year, on our highways alone. In November of 2011 a study at the University of Colorado found that, in the thirteen states that decriminalized marijuana between 1990 and 2009, traffic fatalities have dropped by nearly nine percent—now nearly ten percent in Michigan--while sales of beer went flat by five percent. No wonder Big Alcohol opposes it. Ambitious, unprincipled, profit-driven undertakers might be tempted too.

In 2012 a study released by 4AutoinsuranceQuote revealed that marijuana users are safer drivers than non-marijuana users, as "the only significant effect that marijuana has on operating a motor vehicle is slower driving", which "is arguably a positive thing". Despite occasional accidents, eagerly reported by police-blotter ‘journalists’ as ‘marijuana-related’, a mix of substances was often involved. Alcohol, most likely, and/or prescription drugs, nicotine, caffeine, meth, cocaine, heroin, and a trace of the marijuana passed at a party last week. However, on the whole, as revealed in big-time, insurance-industry stats, within the broad swath of mature, experienced consumers, slower and more cautious driving shows up in significant numbers. A recent Federal study has reached the same conclusion. And legalization should improve those numbers further.

No one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. It's the most benign 'substance' in history. Most people—and particularly patients who medicate with marijuana--use it in place of prescription drugs or alcohol.

Marijuana has many benefits, most of which are under-reported or never mentioned in American newspapers. Research at the University of Saskatchewan indicates that, unlike alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or Nancy (“Just say, ‘No!’”) Reagan’s beloved nicotine, marijuana is a neuro-protectant which actually encourages brain-cell growth. Research in Spain (the Guzman study) and other countries has discovered that it also has tumor-shrinking, anti-carcinogenic properties. These were confirmed by the 30-year Tashkin population study at UCLA.

Drugs are man-made, cooked up in labs, for the sake of patents and the profits gained by them. Often useful, but typically burdened with cautionary notes and lists of side effects as long as one's arm. 'The works of Man are flawed.'

Marijuana is a medicinal herb, the most benign and versatile in history. “Cannabis” in Latin, and “kaneh bosm” in the old Hebrew scrolls, quite literally the Biblical Tree of Life, used by early Christians to treat everything from skin diseases to deep pain and despair. Why despair? Consider the current medical term for cannabis sativa: a “mood elevator”. . . as opposed to antidepressants, which ‘flatten out’ emotions, leaving patients numb to both depression and joy.

The very name, “Christ” translates as “the anointed one”. Well then, anointed with what? It’s a fair question. And it wasn’t holy water, friends. Holy water came into wide use in the Middle Ages. In Biblical times it was used by a few tribes of Greek pagans. But Christ was neither Greek nor pagan.

Medicinal oil, for the Prince of Peace. A formula from the Biblical era has been rediscovered. It specifies a strong dose of oil from kaneh bosom, ‘the fragrant cane’ of a dozen uses: ink, paper, rope, nutrition. . . . It was clothing on their backs and incense in their temples. And a ‘skinful’ of medicinal oil could certainly calm one’s nerves, imparting a sense of benevolence and connection with all living things. No wonder that the ‘anointed one’ could gain a spark, an insight, a sense of the divine, and the confidence to convey those feelings to friends and neighbors.

I am appalled at the number of 'Christian' politicians, prosecutors, and police who pose on church steps or kneeling in prayer on their campaign trails, but cannot or will not face the scientific or the historical truths about cannabis, Medicinal Herb Number One, safe and effective for thousands of years, and celebrated by most of the world’s major religions.

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Posted by william.clark.3150 on 07/08/2015 at 10:03 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

Title should read:

It's Official: Marijuana Is Once Again Medicine

It was considered medicine and was in the US pharmacopeia from 1851 to 1942.

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Posted by Armando Anglesey on 07/08/2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

I'm a disabled Vet with 4 rods 2 pins. Degenerative disc disease, Type 2 Bipolar disorder, PTSD, insomnia and others. I'm medical card holder for the past 2 years. I have been able to cut 3/4 of the prescription drugs out of my life because of medical marijuana. I am able to be a productive member of my family now. I used to be a walking zombie drooling on myself because of all the drugs and interactions they had with each other. Now I get to be a grandfather and a husband again. I am very thankful for this program and so is my family. This stuff works we need to stop fighting this. So many people can benefit from this.

We need to get our Governors to read the real science, not the crap bogus crap they have been spewing for since 1937. They need to see us face to face...

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Posted by Kevin Muir on 07/06/2015 at 5:10 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

I'm a disabled Vet with 4 rods 2 pins. Degenerative disc disease, Type 2 Bipolar disorder, PTSD, insomnia and others. I'm medical card holder for the past 2 years. I have been able to cut 3/4 of the prescription drugs out of my life because of medical marijuana. I am able to be a productive member of my family now. I used to be a walking zombie drooling on myself because of all the drugs and interactions they had with each other. Now I get to be a grandfather and a husband again. I am very thankful for this program and so is my family. This stuff works we need to stop fighting this. So many people can benefit from this.
We need our Governors to read the real science and what they herd or read about 20 years ago, that's all bogus science and has been proven to be so.

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Posted by Kevin Muir on 07/06/2015 at 5:09 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

Som3.scientist. hasn't figured out this is not medicine. Rather over 500 essential nutrients required by the endo cannabinoid and other systems of your body's 210 cells health or homeostasis and these bafoons still want to call of medicine only to legitimize their jobs as doctoes. Research is massive on these compounds with over 40,000 reports already available and a shyte load of ancillary historical.data that just screams at you who this plant really is amd these idiots want to play games. This is the sacred Tree of Life And through her we attain good health, sustainable and longevity with virtually zero disease. That's what happens when it is used regularly as a FOOD a source of vivital.akd essentiap.nutrients.do your god damn reading, mr. Scientist. It's already there, the answers. I did and I'm only at somewhere approaching having read over 26,000 reports in the past 34 months. If someone, anyone tells me we need more research I want them to do it to my face, so I can punch them in theirs. The biggest and last con these animals want to shove.up.oir asses. This plant virtually 3nds disease if you fucking eat it every day.qnd consume not only.the 48 admitted nutrients,about half fatty acids and all the terpenoids, terpenes and cannabinoids, about 240 alone of these, plus a host of other types, double the amino acid types, a number of 100% use able protein s, one, edestin, a.know genetic repairants comprises about 63% of the seed oil and albumin qlso, another 30%. Jesus Christ these people are either completely.stupid or bold face liqrs. Scientist? Don't make me.laugh.

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Posted by Robert Ireland on 07/03/2015 at 6:44 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

Jeg er kronisk smertepatient efter ulykke for 12 år siden. Intet medicin har virket. Medicinsk cannabis har fjernet mine smerter, angst og depression. Jeg tager både cbd og thc olie og har nu fået livet tilbage. Her i Danmark er det også ulovligt med vi er mange syge der bruger det og sætter vores liv over loven.

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Posted by Maibritt Simpson on 07/02/2015 at 11:02 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

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Posted by Editor on 07/02/2015 at 5:06 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

Well Jeff, I have done as you recommended. However, I seriously wonder if this has any effect at all. I also have to wonder about the expense of having someone answer the phone to take my comment and relay it "supposedly" to the President. I am not quite sure why money is being wasted this way rather than having a comment line where our views are recorded. I don't feel that having someone take my comment in person is any more reliable that the President will hear it or care.

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Posted by Sharon Clark on 07/02/2015 at 12:26 PM

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