Posts tagged weed
Posts tagged weed
Federal officials began a California-style crackdown on Colorado medical marijuana businesses Thursday, targeting those located near schools in a move that could affect nearly a dozen Colorado Springs businesses.
U.S. Attorney John Walsh said 23 dispensaries across Colorado that are within 1,000 feet of schools have until Feb. 27 to shut down or face federal penalties, which can include asset seizure or forfeiture of property. The warning letters, dated Thursday, were sent to dispensary owners and their landlords.
Walsh said prosecutors expect to target more medical marijuana businesses near schools.
The orders set up a possible showdown with businesses that worked closely with state lawmakers to develop regulations they hoped would prevent such action.
“Colorado’s the last place they should probably be trying to do that considering the evolution we’ve made in just a very short period of time to create an industry that’s fully transparent and regulated,” said Mark Slaugh, membership director of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council.
Colorado took extreme pains to avoid the pitfalls of California, but it doesn’t matter. The federal government has decided weed is something that they’ll ruin lives over, even when the law of the land allows it. It just goes to show how drastically the government will move the goal posts to justify their war on ‘drugs’ (in reality, a war on people who use certain types of drugs).
The idea that we need to have more regulation on dispensaries than we do on pharmacies that sell extremely addictive opiates and amphetamines is just absurd on it’s face.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill to legalize marijuana for terminally ill patients late Friday evening, saying he sides with law enforcement opposition to the bill. Bill proponents say they will introduce a constitutional amendment to bypass the governor, noting overwhelming popular support in the state on the issue.
“While I am sympathetic to those dealing with end-of-life illnesses and accompanying pain, I stand with law enforcement in opposition to this legislation,” Pawlenty said in his veto letter.
“I’m disappointed in the governor’s action, but I’m not giving up,” Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, said in a press release. “This would have been the narrowest, strictest medical marijuana law in the country, but the bottom line remains that there are patients suffering terribly who need protection, and I won’t stop till they are protected.”
Chemotherapy makes you violently nauseas. Even if you can manage to choke down food, many patients just throw it back up again: that’s why 40% of chemotherapy patients die from malnutrition. Marijuana addresses that problem in a nigh miraculous way: not only can the patient hold down their food, they regain their appetite and much of the pain (but not all, and only in some cases) disappears. Lester Grinspoon is a doctor and an associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School whose son, unfortunately, was diagnosed with leukemia. After the chemo began to ravage his son Danny’s body, he tried to refuse treatment, so Dr. Grinspoons wife took matters into her own hands:
Well, my plucky wife, I learned later, had gone up to the high school parking lot with Danny on the way in to get chemotherapy a couple of weeks later and asked his friend if he could get a joint. Once he recovered from his absolutely overwhelming surprise that she would ask… Well, to make a long story short, Danny did smoke in the parking lot beforehand. He just got off the table and said, “Mom can we have a submarine sandwich on the way home?”
Can you imagine? This treatment’s side effect (which KILLS 40% of the patients who receive it because they can’t eat food afterward) has a magic bullet: a simple joint. Of course, none of that phases Governor ‘Not My Problem’, who chooses instead to arrest and prosecute patients who desperately need treatment. Talk about ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’: these people are left with the choice of dying, or becoming criminals. Is this really the man we want as President of the United States?