Comments on: California Medical Association Wants Marijuana Legalized http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/16/california-medical-association-wants-marijuana-legalized/ The latest Health news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:44:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: Leila http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/16/california-medical-association-wants-marijuana-legalized/#comment-953122 Leila Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:05:15 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=15392#comment-953122 @AMERICATHEPITIFUL... MJ addresses so many things that plague common society - pain, anxiety, insomnia, etc. and in addition helps with so many serious illnesses, it is commonly used by the American public which is why the majority of the comments are for legalization. MJ is gentle and non-addictive for so many people. You don't actually have to smoke it (or eat it :p) if it becomes legal. Are you afraid of peer pressure? Cigarettes are legal and I don't smoke them. MJ legalization would help many, and boost the economy. If the gov't legalized in a smart manner it would be taxed and a boon for the economy. There would be more competent people in the workforce. because there would no longer be the dreaded PEE test. By the way, most of the people I know that smoke do not fit the "Cheech and Chong" mold. They are intelligent, they don't do icky drugs (you know, the bad ones, there is such a thing as bad and good for everything) and they are moderate in their lifestyles. Respect the law and respect science =) This article and the comments really cheered my up =) @AMERICATHEPITIFUL… MJ addresses so many things that plague common society – pain, anxiety, insomnia, etc. and in addition helps with so many serious illnesses, it is commonly used by the American public which is why the majority of the comments are for legalization.
MJ is gentle and non-addictive for so many people. You don’t actually have to smoke it (or eat it :p) if it becomes legal. Are you afraid of peer pressure? Cigarettes are legal and I don’t smoke them. MJ legalization would help many, and boost the economy. If the gov’t legalized in a smart manner it would be taxed and a boon for the economy. There would be more competent people in the workforce. because there would no longer be the dreaded PEE test. By the way, most of the people I know that smoke do not fit the “Cheech and Chong” mold. They are intelligent, they don’t do icky drugs (you know, the bad ones, there is such a thing as bad and good for everything) and they are moderate in their lifestyles. Respect the law and respect science =) This article and the comments really cheered my up =)

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By: robert dutille http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/16/california-medical-association-wants-marijuana-legalized/#comment-483602 robert dutille Tue, 06 Dec 2011 21:43:39 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=15392#comment-483602 i have been a pain patient in south carolina for 5 years. time and time again, im sent to a pain center as opposed to fixing the problem that is wrong. i have received an impairment rating of 80 percent to my cervical spine. i am being denied appropriate medications, because of the drug screen for marijuana. when i stop using that drug, im put on cymbalta and blood pressure medicine. the drs say that because the dea reviews their records on a monthly basis, and marijuana is illegal here, they cannot prescribe appropiate medications. i cannot take nsaids due to a history of bleeding ulcers. so, here i sit. i have a lifetime medical case against the insurance company, does no good if im not being treated, also, i am a former employee of ###### ##### and associates. and you may know of my governors association with the company. i have also reached out to all my designated legislatures with no satisfactory results. i have been a pain patient in south carolina for 5 years. time and time again, im sent to a pain center as opposed to fixing the problem that is wrong. i have received an impairment rating of 80 percent to my cervical spine. i am being denied appropriate medications, because of the drug screen for marijuana. when i stop using that drug, im put on cymbalta and blood pressure medicine. the drs say that because the dea reviews their records on a monthly basis, and marijuana is illegal here, they cannot prescribe appropiate medications. i cannot take nsaids due to a history of bleeding ulcers. so, here i sit. i have a lifetime medical case against the insurance company, does no good if im not being treated, also, i am a former employee of ###### ##### and associates. and you may know of my governors association with the company. i have also reached out to all my designated legislatures with no satisfactory results.

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By: Leslie http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/16/california-medical-association-wants-marijuana-legalized/#comment-448262 Leslie Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:22:00 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=15392#comment-448262 I have several relatives in law enforcement in California and they all agree that Marijuana should be legal. They consider it a waste of time when they have to arrest or ticket someone for marijuana. There is extensive paperwork that needs to be filled out back at the office, taking the officer off his beat, even for as little as one small bud. Thes'e officers could be out there taking real, dangerous criminals off the street. This article does not even talk about the huge tax revenues that this would bring to California. It is estimated at 1.4 billion in tax revenue a year. JUST FROM CALIFORNIA! That could substantially help California's budget crisis. I have several relatives in law enforcement in California and they all agree that Marijuana should be legal. They consider it a waste of time when they have to arrest or ticket someone for marijuana. There is extensive paperwork that needs to be filled out back at the office, taking the officer off his beat, even for as little as one small bud. Thes’e officers could be out there taking real, dangerous criminals off the street.
This article does not even talk about the huge tax revenues that this would bring to California. It is estimated at 1.4 billion in tax revenue a year. JUST FROM CALIFORNIA! That could substantially help California’s budget crisis.

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By: malcolm kyle http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/16/california-medical-association-wants-marijuana-legalized/#comment-212082 malcolm kyle Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:14:57 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=15392#comment-212082 The illegal drug trade is now estimated to be somewhere in the region of $400 billion a year ( equal to the defense budget ). This "former land of the free" arrests 1.5 million of it's citizens a year for drug law violations, half for marijuana alone, The majority of the 2.2 million inmates in the USA are incarcerated because of this insane drug war (Prohibition 2) at a staggering cost to all taxpayers and trauma to their families. Prisons have been filled to capacity. Violent criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters are released early to create space for these so called drug offenders. Half of court trial time and also a huge chunk of police officers time is pointlessly wasted. Enormous untaxed profits from illegal drugs fund multi-national criminal empires which bribe law enforcement authorities and spread corruption faster than a raging bush fire. These laws take violent criminals and turn them into multi-billionaires whilst corrupting even entire countries such as Columbia, Panama, Mexico and Afghanistan. The extreme violence on and south of the border is drug gangs fighting for turf in this lucrative business. The drug laws are also funding the Taliban whose illegal opium profits allow it to buy weapons and pay it's fighters more than $300 a month, compared with the $14 paid to an Afghan policemen. When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently, while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in the US in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana or Cocaine to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919. The definition of insanity is great folly, madness, extreme senselessness, lunacy. Prohibition can be described as being all of the above and may therefor, along with all it's supporters, be deemed insane. Each day you remain silent, you help to destroy the Constitution, fill the prisons with our children, and empower terrorists and criminals worldwide while wasting hundreds of billions of your own tax dollars. Prohibition bears many strong and startling similarities to Torquemada­’s inquisition­, it’s supporters are servants of tyranny and hate who’s sole purpose is to make the rest of us suffer their putrid legacy of incalculable waste and destruction. Protect our Children; Legalize, Regulate & Tax! The illegal drug trade is now estimated to be somewhere in the region of $400 billion a year ( equal to the defense budget ). This “former land of the free” arrests 1.5 million of it’s citizens a year for drug law violations, half for marijuana alone, The majority of the 2.2 million inmates in the USA are incarcerated because of this insane drug war (Prohibition 2) at a staggering cost to all taxpayers and trauma to their families.

Prisons have been filled to capacity. Violent criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters are released early to create space for these so called drug offenders. Half of court trial time and also a huge chunk of police officers time is pointlessly wasted. Enormous untaxed profits from illegal drugs fund multi-national criminal empires which bribe law enforcement authorities and spread corruption faster than a raging bush fire. These laws take violent criminals and turn them into multi-billionaires whilst corrupting even entire countries such as Columbia, Panama, Mexico and Afghanistan. The extreme violence on and south of the border is drug gangs fighting for turf in this lucrative business. The drug laws are also funding the Taliban whose illegal opium profits allow it to buy weapons and pay it’s fighters more than $300 a month, compared with the $14 paid to an Afghan policemen.

When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently, while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in the US in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana or Cocaine to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919.

The definition of insanity is great folly, madness, extreme senselessness, lunacy. Prohibition can be described as being all of the above and may therefor, along with all it’s supporters, be deemed insane.

Each day you remain silent, you help to destroy the Constitution, fill the prisons with our children, and empower terrorists and criminals worldwide while wasting hundreds of billions of your own tax dollars. Prohibition bears many strong and startling similarities to Torquemada­’s inquisition­, it’s supporters are servants of tyranny and hate who’s sole purpose is to make the rest of us suffer their putrid legacy of incalculable waste and destruction.

Protect our Children; Legalize, Regulate & Tax!

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By: gail dawson http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/16/california-medical-association-wants-marijuana-legalized/#comment-209422 gail dawson Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:15:07 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=15392#comment-209422 FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME WTTH MS IT'S A GODSEND FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME WTTH MS IT’S A GODSEND

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By: Chonzo http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/16/california-medical-association-wants-marijuana-legalized/#comment-209142 Chonzo Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:45:03 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=15392#comment-209142 Is it just me or are these quotes "chopped"... or is that how doctor's talk in CA?! I'm all for legalization but if that's the english these doctors use, that won't do much to support the cause... Is it just me or are these quotes “chopped”… or is that how doctor’s talk in CA?! I’m all for legalization but if that’s the english these doctors use, that won’t do much to support the cause…

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By: ThePowerOfHistory http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/16/california-medical-association-wants-marijuana-legalized/#comment-209132 ThePowerOfHistory Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:42:16 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=15392#comment-209132 So a cannabis bar is worse then a demon rum bar? Plus we should violate the sovereignty of a neighboring nation over our draconian drug policies? More importantly, what happened to being free? What is so devastating about cannabis that we should take such a hard line on it? History shows prohibition increases demand and causes associated crimes and violence. I find it telling that those who would continue such a harmful un-winnable war descend to name calling. Why should we pay to incarcerate people who only hurt themselves with drug use? With the jails packed to capacity it seems now is the time to prioritize those who commit violent acts over those who are non-violent. Trying the same thing again and again and thinking you will get new results is insanity. So a cannabis bar is worse then a demon rum bar? Plus we should violate the sovereignty of a neighboring nation over our draconian drug policies? More importantly, what happened to being free? What is so devastating about cannabis that we should take such a hard line on it? History shows prohibition increases demand and causes associated crimes and violence. I find it telling that those who would continue such a harmful un-winnable war descend to name calling. Why should we pay to incarcerate people who only hurt themselves with drug use? With the jails packed to capacity it seems now is the time to prioritize those who commit violent acts over those who are non-violent. Trying the same thing again and again and thinking you will get new results is insanity.

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By: RadioMan77 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/16/california-medical-association-wants-marijuana-legalized/#comment-208882 RadioMan77 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:17:03 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=15392#comment-208882 The problem is, pot is being recommend for people who do not have a real need for it! Sore backs, skin conditions, obesity to name a few! The way it is sold in so called "Pot Clubs" is another problem, these clubs are just hang-outs for doper's! I hope the feds shut them all down!!! The problem is, pot is being recommend for people who do not have a real need for it! Sore backs, skin conditions, obesity to name a few! The way it is sold in so called “Pot Clubs” is another problem, these clubs are just hang-outs for doper’s! I hope the feds shut them all down!!!

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By: RadioMan77 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/16/california-medical-association-wants-marijuana-legalized/#comment-208852 RadioMan77 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:56:44 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=15392#comment-208852 If you watch how these people act its easy to see that all of them are just looking to get high! The medical applications of marijuana is limited at best! The feds should close down all the Pot Clubs here in California, they have become just a hang-out for a bunch of dope smoking dirty hippies! If you watch how these people act its easy to see that all of them are just looking to get high! The medical applications of marijuana is limited at best! The feds should close down all the Pot Clubs here in California, they have become just a hang-out for a bunch of dope smoking dirty hippies!

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By: AmericaThePitiful http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/16/california-medical-association-wants-marijuana-legalized/#comment-207532 AmericaThePitiful Mon, 17 Oct 2011 09:30:48 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/?p=15392#comment-207532 "It’s an inevitable conclussion that it will be legalized at some point. I guess until then, we’ll keep spinning our wheels." Actually, since this is about medical applications of marijuana, it will probably still be listed as a controlled substance even if it does get legalized. So fantasies about public reefer bars will likely go unfulfilled. This is not to mention that even if it was legalized across the board, it would probably fall under the indoor smoking ban anyways, and would be so heavily regulated and taxed that it would still be cheaper to buy it from the sources currently supplying it. Of course, the "war on drugs" would have probably long since been won if they had actually been proactive, instead of just engaging in a war of attrition. They should have told the Mexican government: "If you're not capable of handling this, we'll go handle it for you." Of course, it would be silly to do it now since we're already involved in 3 conflicts as it is. Too little, too late. Just like everything else the American government does. “It’s an inevitable conclussion that it will be legalized at some point. I guess until then, we’ll keep spinning our wheels.”

Actually, since this is about medical applications of marijuana, it will probably still be listed as a controlled substance even if it does get legalized. So fantasies about public reefer bars will likely go unfulfilled. This is not to mention that even if it was legalized across the board, it would probably fall under the indoor smoking ban anyways, and would be so heavily regulated and taxed that it would still be cheaper to buy it from the sources currently supplying it.

Of course, the “war on drugs” would have probably long since been won if they had actually been proactive, instead of just engaging in a war of attrition. They should have told the Mexican government: “If you’re not capable of handling this, we’ll go handle it for you.” Of course, it would be silly to do it now since we’re already involved in 3 conflicts as it is.

Too little, too late. Just like everything else the American government does.

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