Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

Marijuana law reformers enjoy election night success

November 7, 2008 by  

Supporters of marijuana civil liberties had some successSupporters of reforming the nation’s marijuana laws enjoyed a successful campaign season, seeing several of their initiatives win in various states.

The most noteworthy victory came in Massachusetts, where 65 percent of voters supported decriminalizing less than one ounce of marijuana. Also at the state level, 63 percent of Michigan voters supported legalizing medical marijuana. Massachusetts is now the thirteenth state to decriminalize marijuana, while Michigan is the thirteenth state to allow medical marijuana.

"The people were ahead of the politicians on this issue. They recognize and want a more sensible approach to our marijuana policy," Whitney Taylor, chairwoman of the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy, told the Boston Globe.

Some local marijuana initiatives also enjoyed success on election night. Fayetteville, Arkansas and Hawaii County both voted to instruct local law enforcement to make crimes involving possession of less than one ounce of marijuana their lowest priority. Four state legislative districts in Massachusetts also voted to instruct their representatives to vote in favor of medical marijuana legislation.

The primary setback for supporters of drug law reform was in California, where a measure to decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana fell by a 60-40 percent margin.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-18865882-ADNFCR

Personal Liberty News Desk

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Marijuana law reformers enjoy election night success”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

  • http://personalliberty Charles D. Webb

    I for one am in favor of making marijuana legel across the country make it legel and tax it  A little mary jane never hurt anyone

    • old=vet

      yep,no one ever die from it,unlike drinking has killed untold millions,not one hurt by pot,and it is rated by the goverment like herion,lsd it makes no sence,few americans know the true history about how it was outlawed in the usa.get the book the emperor wear’s no clothes,every American should read this book.we do not need to cut down the rain forest,pop has and will make clothing,paper,and any other product made by the oil companys.indian hemp its true name,is a BLESSING FROM GOD,if fact all Dr/s before 1937,prescribed pot to millions of our ansestor’s.so many millions of Americans have become felon’s because a little bit of grass was found on them.it helps with many ailments,pain,breathing,getting the crap out your lungs etc.and if GOD DID NOT WANT US TO USE IT,WHY DID HE PUT THC RECPTOR’S IN OUR BRAINS?YES EVEN THE COPS ARRESTING PEOPLE HAVE THC RECPTORS IN THERE BRAINS.AND THE BRAIN PRODUCTES THC. IT TO HELP US WITH 16 ACTIVE INGREDIDENTS,,ALL THE FIRST BIBLES WAS PRINTED FROM HEMP PAPER,GET ONLINE AND BUY THE BOOK,THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL YOU EVEN KNOW HOW THE GOVERMENT MADE IT ILLEAGLE,IT’S A HELL OF A STORY AND IF YOU DISPROVE ONE FACT OF THE AUTHOR YOU WILL BE GIVEN $10,000.00 REGARDS OLD-VET

      • http://none Mark H.Giles

        Obviously it does cause some brain damage. I counted over 35 spelling and pronunciation mistakes in your letter but, in fairness, if they legalized it I’d be toking with the best of them.

  • Trinity

    Don’t be so sure that there are no consequenses to Pot use. There are mental & medical consequenses. The health problems far outway and tax advantage. Besides what’s next legal cocaine and speed. crazy liberals….

    • matt

      The only mental or medical issues I have ever herd of is being put in jail for a small amount (mental) and being raped while there (mental,medical). So go drink your murdering legal drink and leave us mello pot smokers alone.

    • http://www.cgafoundation.org Kevin Rooney

      Dear Trinity…..You mean health issues as when someone smokes some cigarettes or drinks booze! Let’s get off the high horse and concentrate on real issues and let people have the privacy and freedom. Lethen we can talk!!t’s look at the stats for deaths related to those two issues,

      • http://www.cgafoundation.org Kevin Rooney

        Wow, how did that happen, correction to last line Let’s look at the stats, then we can talk. Sorry, computer had the hi

    • PAUL

      i was working with a guy one time,he got pulled over by the cops, when he opened the glove box to get his ins. paper and a roach fell out.the cop said; whats that?.he said thats my ass leaving.he took off and got away. well he got to a friends house,after going 3-miles through a swamp on foot.the cops found him in a closet at a friends house.they hand cuffed him,then took him outside.then the cop he run from,too out his billy club and busted his head open,he had to get over 80 stcihes in his head.he also lost his job, cause he missed so much work.today he cannot work,he is disabled from the blow to his head.all cause he did not want to go to jail over a roach.he is in a law suit now over this.is this the health issues your talking bout?

  • Bob Livingston

    I have discussed police power and assault on our person and property. But especially we noted assault upon our psychic that twists our minds and makes us prisoners of conscience.

    The system has never been short on hypocrisy. While we are force medicated with fluoride and chlorine in our drinking water along with mass vaccinations and inoculations, the personal use of marijuana is a federal crime with stiff federal penalties. Meanwhile we are sold subsidized tobacco, millions of tons of life-destroying white sugar and oceans of toxic soft drinks.

    Fifty years’ abuse of the public mind has succeeded in equating marijuana with heroin. People (including me) think of both as “hard drugs” or “controlled substances.” Both are illegal and both are Schedule I substances under Federal Law.  This is the old trick of lumping one substance with another to get a negative public image. It has worked.

    The truth, according to the book entitled The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer, is that marijuana or hemp or the cannabis plant is “the world’s premier renewable natural resource… it is the earth’s most important resouce for making rope, paper, fiber, fuel, food and shelter for all the peoples of the world.”

    A brief history: Cannabis hemp was legal tender (money) in most of the Americas from 1631 until the early 1800s. This encouraged farmers to grow it. Some farmers were jailed during periods of shortage for NOT growing marijuana.
                Uses of marijuana: Through the 19th century, sailing ships carried 50 to 100 tons of cannabis hemp. Almost everything connected with a ship was crafted from cannabis. Home spun cloth was used to make clothes and the original famous Levi pants were made from hemp as well as superior paper products, rope, twine, cordage, paints and varnishes, lighting oil, biomass energy and medicines.

    IMPORTANT:  My comments are for information purposes only and based on the book The Emperor Wears No Clothes.

    Neither I nor The Bob Livingston Letter or PersonalLiberty.com advocate the use of any form of marijuana or its related products. None of the above listed parties advocate the breaking of any law or laws of the United States or any other country.  –Bob

    • PAUL GIBSON

      i wish the repubican party would support what Jack Herer says in his book,this is THE fastest way to help our ecomomy out of this mess we are in.it would help untold millions of poor people,many of which has little education.it don’t take much education to grow a few pot plants.if a program could be set up so those under a certain income level,only can get a lic. to grow pot.then talk about stimulating the economy if the poor actually got to keep a share of there profits,and the goverment would get there share of taxes,and we with medical needs,like me a disabled-vet.could get the pain relief we need,not to mention it helps my appitite,so i eat better,and it helps me to breath easyer,after i cough up the stuff in my lungs.it works better than the va.meds.and those cost the taxpayer a few thousand bucks each yr.i know pot should and must be kept from those under 21 yrs of age.because the brain is not fulley grown to full size till age 22.at this point it should be a decision made by an adult.and regulated.but the way things are now only the dr’s in ISRAEL are the only ones doing research on pot,and what an amazing plant it is.for 4,000 yrs mankind has used it,but ,because dupont and the oil companys rather sell you a oil(fossel fuel)product instead of a natural organic oil product,we all lose this way,and till it is reversed we will keep destroying the planet we live on !!! regards,paul ps.
      fact 1-acre of pot makes the same amount of paper as 1.4 acre’s of tree’s.

      • Aj

        “1 acre of pot makes the same amount of paper as 1.4 acre”

        Well, I think the crop harvested (once it is fully grown) from that 1 acre equates to 1.4 acres of trees..

        HOWEVER, add in the fact that hemp grows faster than trees, and it is a helluva lot more impressive then that.

      • Nick

        my dad is a disabled veteran taking xanax, hes an alcoholic, he takes oxycontins, hydros, etc. Nothing helps him more than smoking marijuana for his pain and it makes him happy. honest to god if it wasn’t for weed i think my dad would be dead. I have a kidney disease and it helps my kidneys somewhat and my appetite is so low because of the sideffects of APPROVED FDA medication that i resort to smoking weed to help me eat. i smoke it to help me sleep because of APPROVED FDA medication that makes me feel like an insomniac. people die everyday because of FDA approved medicine but marijuana is illegal because we can’t tax it? Weed isn’t even a drug its a plant. it grows just like one except there may be some effects when u light it on fire. Trinity don’t even compare weed to meth or coke its not made in a lab you idiot. Theres going to always be unknowns with drastic change especially with legalizing weed but in my opinion could things get any worse in the world then what they are now?

  • http://www.mernagh.ca Matt Mernagh

    excellent article. for health reasons marijuana is known to work wonderfully for many ailments. people should be allowed to decide how to medicate. whether pills or herbs. its a personal decision. i choose not too drink wine. but i do enjoy many different marijuana types. given the financial crisis there might be no choice but taxing cannabis.

  • jake

      THe reason the government or the drug companies won’t allow pot to be legalizied is:
    -  People can grow what they need
    -  they can’t tax it if you don’t transport it
    - The drug companies have all these dangous drug they have to sell
    - People would be in a much relaxed mood.  It makes it hard to trick them. 

    • PAUL

      READ JACKS BOOK !!!!!!!!!!

  • Mickey Grace

    A study in the netherlands last yr sowed that pot helps to promote a sort of schizophrenia it splits your mind in two. Plus there are many other substances in it that we don’t even know what effect it has not to mention your lungs whose capacity shrinks with age. But I do agree it should be legal for adults but strongly enforced against minors consumption who need to find reality before they go spinning it around!

  • http://www.peoplewithnervedamage.com George Beck

    I suffer from a disease called RSD it feels like a fire is always burning in my leg.I am on Morphine,Oxycodone and it does not help the pain some times most nights i do not sleep due to the pain but I did try and smoked some weed and my leg was not burning and the nerve damage that i will have for the rest of my life due to a job accident this is the only thing that made my leg stop burnin what i mean is it felt like someone has a toch and they are holding it there 24 hours a day and this disease it can spread through your whole body and i felt normal no pain or even no burning in my leg due to a rooted roof so for the people who think this can not have any medical use let them live with this disease for 1 day and see how they handle it weed helps calm my nerves and i think they should only make it legal for medical use only it also help with eye pressure

  • L. Schwartz

    Risk of more access to mariuana, as farms grow it  instead of food. Increase on taxpayer for healthcosts for rehabilitations. More drugheads on the street and in schools while less protection from those who lose their senses. Where is America’s intelligence today?

    • PAUL

      YOU REALLY NEED TO GET SOME FACT’S PLEASE FIND AND READ THE BOOK(the emperor wears no clothes by jack herer, you can find a copy on ebay)BOB IS TALKING ABOUT,IT WILL AWAKEN YOU TO WHY AND HOW IT WAS OUTLAWED TO START WITH,WARS WERE FOUGHT OVER THIS MOST UNDERSTOOD PRODUCT,BECAUSE SINCE 1937 THE RICH HAD TO OUTLAW IT.I HAVE FOUGHT AND WILL DIE FOR FREEDOM.I JUST WISH AMERICANS WOULD GET EDUCATED ON THIS SUBJECT,BECAUSE THEY BEEN LISTENING TO MANY YEARS OF PROPAGANDA.pot may be the true amswer to what AMERICA is faceing.GOD BLESS,paul

    • TEK2GO

      Your argument, that cannibis cultivation will reduce the food supply, has no basis in reality. Unlike corn used to make ethanol—which has caused the price of livestock, eggs, etal to skyrocket and done nothing for fuel economy or our dependence on imported oil—hemp can and is grown sucessfully in areas unsuitable for other crops.
      Taxing and regulation would, along with decriminalization, would have a three pronged effect: [1] halving the prison population, [2] significantly reduce States deficits, [3] allow medical relief for a host of ailments at a lower cost than related drugs from Big Pharma.
      But you knew all this–didn’t you?

  • Joseph

    TO: Trinty

    As a member of the American Chemical Society, I have read many articles Stating that there are Positive Health Effects associated with marijuana. Like any drug that is done to excess, it is bad. Do you like alcohol? A Drug!
    Joseph

  • TeresaE

    How many more lives does the government and prohibitionists have to destroy before we accept reality?

    Prohibition and regulating morality is a COMPLETE FAILURE.

    I so love the “anti-druggers” who want bans on natural substances but are perfectly ok with giving their children, and themselves, legalized, prescribed poison.

    Anti-depressants, ADHD and multitudes of other “legal” narcotics are killing us.

    But, pot, a plant that has been used by humans for thousands of years, is dangerous?

    Drug crimes are committed because there is huge money in supplying these substances.  30 years of draconian measures have not dropped drug use one percentage point, nor saved one person from overdosing.

    Ridiculous, Puritan thinking. 

    Our government is too large and too powerful, and drug crimes have fed the beast.

    • PAUL

      amen,i agree !!!!!!!tell it like it is !!!!!

  • Dan

    Marijuana has as stated been a staple for thousands of years.  Actually, during the prohibition of alcohol, the use of marijuana as a mind altering substance grew.  When the prohibition was overturned the Alcohol industry lobbied congress to heavily tax marijuana and over the years it was outlawed based on the idea that it led to more harmful drugs.�
    I wonder if “pot” were decrimalized or even legalized what would happen to the populations of the jails/prisons of this nation?  What percentage of those incarcerated are in there for marijuana use?  Would making it legal, slow down the Latin American cartels?�
    When study after study after study comes out it is difficult to know what truth, because it seems one cancel the other and we end up back at the beginning knowing less than when we started. 

  • Ronnie

    http://audubonmagazine.org/incite/incite9911.html 

    a VERY good read.

    Our jails are over crowded.  Why let some real criminal out to make room for someone caught with a roach?  This is insane.

    Why should people on chemotherapy be denied this wonderful PLANT that can help them through the grueling process their bodies must endure?  Why should a Glaucoma patient be denied the one PLANT that can truly help them?  This is insanity at its highest form.  What other wonderful medicinal properties does marijuana possess that we are passing up because of government control over a HERB??  This is a plant.  Like other plants used for making medicines.  What form of depression could be calmed with this wonderful plant?  Stop the insanity.  Legalize it.

    Read the side effects of man made drugs.  Listen to the commercials spew all of the side effects.  Why are these legal?  They’re harmful and often DEADLY.  Use this plant, this wonderful plant that God put on this earth, to help heal. 

    Look at alcohol.  Look at the effects of alcohol.  We would have FAR less alcoholics if marijuana was legal.

  • Skipper

    As an RN who worked Chemical Dependancy, I can tell you that pot is not the benign substance that some people are stating it is! It most certainly should not be use in place of alcohol! Peple who are addictive will get hooked on pot just as they would on alcohol. There are few cases where pot helps more than an ordinary pain-killer that is physician ordered. It skews your thinking and drains a person of all energy eventually. It is often the cause of automobile accidents because it makes the person driving feel like they are the best driver in the world when in fact they are a menace! A book could be filled with all of the negative results of people who smoke pot! I would rather take care of an alcoholic any day than a pot smoker! There is more chance of the alcoholic recovering than the pot user.

    • PAUL

      being a RN do you not know that your brain produces THC,YOUR OWN BRAIN ALSO HAS THC RECEPTOR’S DISCOVERED IN ISREAL BY A GREAT DR who is doing real research because it is illeagle to research this in the usa because of these dumb laws.all this has come out in the paper,FIRST OF ALL GOD MADE ALL HERB’S AND THEY WERE MADE FOR MAN’S USE.CAUSE YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THOSE OF US WHO HAVE GOTTEN BENIFIT FROM TRYING THIS MEDICATION IN THE PAST.IT ACTUALLY DID HELP ME WITH 3 OR 4 ISSUES,NOW THE VA IS GIVEING ME MEDS 6-8 MEDS FOR THE SAME RELIF I WAS GETTING FROM POT.THANKS TO THE TAX PAYERS FOR PAYING FOR ALL THE MEDS I MUST TAKE TO LIVE.IF I COULD SMOKE POT,I WOULD NOT NEED ALL THESE MEDS.paul

  • http://jcktempleton@yahoo.com Jack C. Templeton Jr.

    Just a Question….   Please list the states that have legalized medical marijuana ????

  • JD

    Marijuana kills brain cells. I’m shocked how many don’t understand what the legalization of this stuff does to a society. Look at Amersterdam. I personally have, on my husbands’ side a nephew who has ruined by it. It sets an air of acceptability on it.
    I’m totally against it. I’ve been sickened by my neighbors’ air in my apartment and had to leave and go on the road for 5 months trying to find another place to live. It ruins lives and it disgusts and sickens those around you who don’t use it. It interferes with the police’s ability to track higher drug usage. I do not want to be on the road at the same time someone who is driving under the influence. It causes paranoia and dumbs down a person and their family stuck with that person around them since research shows it literally kills brain cells. One of my friends was addicted to it as well as alcohol, though I was never around when he did it, I saw how it affected his personality, his family, loss of his house and business. It ruined his life.
    It is the sign of a society’s dumbed-down debaucher and a sign the society has gone so far downhill, that judgment no longer prevails. Look at the legalized prostitution mess in Amsterdam and now Juran–the Dutch guy who did away with Natalie Holloway has been accused of selling off young women and bringing them to Amsterdam.
    I pray God will come back soon and stop this total depravation of our society. I cry for my children and grandchildren. No wonder our school tests have gone down if all of the parents are using it and affecting the air of their kids and it’s killing their brain cells.
    Doesn’t anyone care anymore? God gave us our brains and our bodies. We will be held accountable as to how we use them and we’re sinning against as the Bible says our bodies are “the temple of the Holy Spirit”. That is for so-called Christians who use this horrid, degrading, uncivilized dumb-down drug! They didn’t even need it for medical use as they already have marinol–that’s a crock & a lie! Now in MI they can even smoke it in the doctor’s office. Guess I won’t be going to the doctor any more when I’d be stuck having smell some other addict’s stench at the doctors’ office.

    • matt

      So you would rather be on the road with a drunk?

    • PAUL

      your a bit confused it does not kill brain cells the only research is in ISRAEL,by a wonderful dr.,.actually canabus needs lots of research,there is a type which makes you sleepy, also a kind which motivates you, ITS DRINKING WHICH KILLS BRAIN CELLS.POT SHOULD BE RESEARCHED,ITS EASY TO BLAME IT FOR ONES PROBLEMS,BUT I EXPECT THEY WOULD HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS IF THEY HAD NEVER TRIED POT.THE BRAIN ACTUALLY HAS BEEN DISCOVERED TO HAVE THC-RECEPTORS IN OUR BRAIN’S YES WE ALL GOT THEM,AND THE BRAIN PRODUCES THC.POT HAS 16 ACTIVE INGREDEINTS,IT HAS HELPED ME WHEN I TRYED IT.READ JACKS BOOK,THE ONE BOB IS TALKING ABOUT,FIND A COPY ON EBAY,PAUL

  • Gil

    I find it amazing the people who can not accept the truth about Medicinal Pot, or even casual use. It is obvious that they are only “parroting” the sayings. I am on chemo and use MM for the side effects. I take over 13 different drugs to maintain my life, and I suffer extream side effects from all these drugs. If not for the help MM gives me to deal with the constant/chronic pain I know I would still be addicted to narcotics. This is the only alternative that works.
    All you selfritious people, FOOD is a drug, coffee, tobbacco, not to mention all the legal OTC drugs that are more harmful than MM. I would gladly trade places with you and let you deal with this pain.  As it is the Veterans Admiin. has helped me get my will and burial in line as they do not expect that I will be around much longer. A little compassion for those who need to make use of this God givin herb.

  • dave

    what happened to the idea that we are adults and we shouldn’t have a nanny government telling us how to run our lives as long as we don’t negatively impact others. and if we do we already have numerous laws on the books to deal with that. what we need is enforcement of common sense laws instead of wasting time on frivolous laws. yes, marijuana has it’s good side and it’s bad. but like all things in moderation is not harmful. i’ve smoked it in the past but don’t do so now due to blood pressure problems and uncertainty as to its effect on that. for those who are against pot because of its potential for abuse, your brains must be rotted out from alcohol. i am certainly not against drinking, but is there any drug more abused today than alcohol? or food? look at the obesity problem. abuse is a psychological issue not a substance one. abusers, denied their drug of choice, will end up abusing something else. and to the argument that pot use leads to stronger drug use, it couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that it’s classed along with other drugs so that people who use pot are lumped in with other drug users, could it? i say legalize pot, tax it and use the money to keep it from children. and stop wasting billions on a drug war that has ruined more lives than any drug use ever could.

  • Joseph

    TO JD
    Then the blood of those killed by reason of alcohol is OK.

  • http://crawfishpie@boodan.com racoon gumbo

    now theirs going to be more car accidents because people cant pay attention from smoking pot

    • PAUL

      DEPENDS ON THE POT SMOKED,SOMEPOT MAKE YOU MORE AWARE OF WHATS GOING ON AROUND YOU,I KNOW IT DID ME WHEN I TRYED IT LONG AGO.I NEVER HAD A WRECK CAUSE IT MADE ME ALOT MORE AWARE.GO FIGURE !!! paul

  • Joseph

    As a chemist with more education then most MD, I can say that POT does not effect driving skills like alcohol does.

  • http://www.rowlandscherman.com Rowland

    I am guessing there are literally scores of thousands of prison inmates whose only crime was possessing a joint or two. Then there are probably another ten thousand who had more than a joint or two but were selling.  

    Let them all out now.  Their lives have been negitavely altered by dunb laws long enough.

  • http://none J.T.S.

    AS  PERSON WHO HAS BEEN IN TWO BAD ACCIDENTS INCLUDING LOSEING MY RIGHT ARM, IM ON A HIGHLY ADDICTIVE PAIN KILLER THAT DOESN’T ALL WAYS DO ITS JOB. I ALL SO HAVE A LOT OF NERVE DAMAGE FROM 3RD DEGREE BURNS.  I WISH THEY WOULD MAKE MEDICAL USE OK IN ALL 50 STATES’ THERE ARE TIMES THAT A LITTLE SMOKE REALLY HELPS ME OUT & I’M DAM TIRED OF PRECIPTION DRUGS & SLEEP LESS NIGHTS. DOCTORS ARE RUNNING SCARD & DON’T HELP THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED IT, AFTER AWHILE THEY TURN A DEAF EAR & TELL YOU TO USE ASPERIN’ WELL IT HELPS BUT IT ISNT GOOD FOR THE KIDNEYS OR LIVER WHEN YOU HAVE TO TAKE HIGH DOSES. CHANGE THE LAW!
     

  • Duke Sampson

    I was in a severe car accident 4 years ago. My car was essentially flipped over ans spun into the air, and at some point, I flew out the driver’s window and landed head first on the asphalt. I have no memory of it, so I’m amazed I’m still alive. The other driver who caused it fled the scene, and left me with a moderate traumatic brain injury and all of the “fun” that goes with it.  The TBI f***ed a lot of things in my brain up. Over the past 4 years I’ve dealt with:
    - non-motor seizures (that required me to resign from my teaching job)
    -vertigo that almost never totally goes away and occasionally flares up so bad that I walk like I’m drunk
    -Headaches so bad that even the sensation of my teeth touching in my mouth is excruciating, and I have to wear sunglasses indoors or out
    -impairment of my short term memory, on bad days it’s like having a swiss cheesed-brain- thoughts vanish, conversations end mid sentence, I forget where I am going between point A and point B
    -fatigue

    What do these all have in common? Smoking pot helps the symptoms! My neurolgist, a man who worked in his field for almost 50 years, told me flat out “Your marijuana usage is probably what is keeping the migraines and vertigo in check. THC is just as powerful an anti-inflammatory as any druge I can give you, but there are none of the bad cognitive side affects.” I smoke a little bit nearly every day, and I have not had a major or serious seizure for almost two years. When I tried Depakote, the standard starter drug for seizures, it screwed up everything in my body between my head and my waist, and I still had the episodes. No appetite, no sex drive. Marijuana does not do this to me, but it  helps to manage my symptoms. Yes, my ST memory might not be helped by pot, but even in weeks-long periods when I have not smoked, it’s still just as bad.

    But wait, there’s even more fun! Last spring I got sick with a flu strain/fever that set off a whole new series of symptoms that I did not have before. These might be from Multiple Sclerosis or long-term trauma side affects triggered by the virus. I now add to my daily list of companions:
    - shooting, burning, stabbing and wrenching nerve pain in most of my body, especially in my right cheek/jaw when I chew (imagine intense pain every time you try to take a bite)
    -Visual disturbances and clouding
    -Heat hyper-sensitivity and intolerance that makes me miserable through the summer months, in hot rooms, while exercising, etc. this will cause me to have spastic hyperventillation and tetany if I cannot bring my temp down/escape to cooler temps
    -cold sensitivity that causes my nerualgia to flar up when I step outside in winter, or experience a sudden shift from warmer to colder
    -exhaustion, exhaustion, exhaustion, almost constantly, all day, most days. My diet is excellent, I exercise hard at least 4 days per week, I get enough sleep- and it does not help.

    And guess what: pot helps with these too. The fact is, marijuana/hemp/cannabis enhances my quality of life. Without the distractions of invasive pain, I can be a better husband for my wife, a better employee for my boss, a better teacher for my students and a better friend to my pals if I smoke a little bit per day. I notice a pronounced positive difference when things flare up and I smoke some.  Yes, I am smoking, and this is not good for the lungs. Yes, there are ongoing psychoactive effects even several days after smoking. But to me, this is all perfectly acceptable if I continue to get relief from the pain and disturbances that have haunted my life for four years now. I didn’t choose where my life has gone- but I can damn sure choose how I manage it to make my life as good as it can be from here on.

    Judge how you want to, and look at marijuana and medical marijuana users however you want- but do not forget that we are people too, and if marijuana can make a positive difference for those of us with chronic, debilitating conditions, it is our right to choose it- and no one has the right to tell us that it’s wrong and that we can’t. Please put yourself in my shoes, or someone else with chronic problems, before defaulting to the sheep-like position that marijuana is somehow “wrong.”

    Still think God is against it?

    Genesis 1:11
    “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”

    • PAUL

      amen,GOD BLESS YOU, IF IN SOUTH GEORGIA LOOK ME UP,PAUL

  • RBK

    In response to #6 Mickey Grace,

    All I have to say is Monkey see Monkey Do!  That is what you children will do when they grow up. You know Daddy did it, so it’s good for me too!, or my peers do so why can’t I!

    The latter is what happened to my youngest son.
    Problem I have with that philosophy is that it leads to other more dangerous drugs, any recovering addict will tell you that. Including my own son.

    Thank God that he finally saw the light and now has his life in order. He lost over 8-9 years of his young life to drugs and was not even able to attend his own Mother’s funeral because he was in prison because of them!

     I also had a medical scare while he was in prison as well. I think that this helped him to make up his mind that these drugs lead to distroying one’s life and other’s around him. I know because I spent over 5 years going back and forth to the prison to visit my son on an almost weekly basis trying to counciling him.

    RBK

  • RBK

    I also think that if Pot was actually the only thing to relieve your medical pains,  it would be OK to use it!  The one problem with this is to many people will declare that they need it to relieve pains that are really non-existant.

    I also think that there are probably a lot of other more natural foods and herbs options that are available to those who are in need of medical pain relief that will work just as well and maybe even permantly those in pain.

    I for one do not believe in taking any drugs. That is not to say that I have never taken some in cases of injury to my body, but I have never taken them for longer than a day or 2, mostly less than that.

    The reason that I say this is that all they really do is mask the real problems and really do not fix the actual problem.  I’m not talking about the common cold, Just look at any label any you will see what I mean, because of all the ramifications of lawsuits, they now put all the side effects that you may possibly receive by using their drugs. Death being one used a lot!

    I don’t know if the reason that I feel this way is because  I have tried not to take any drugs for most of my life, including the common asprin and I have not been to a Doctor for anything except an injury for more that 30 years. I’m turning 65 this comig year. The only drug that I have really used is for the common cold/flu and what I have found is that If I take just one dose of Comtrex for those symtoms as soon as I feel anything coming on, It usually only takes just the one dose. If I wait more than an hour or two, I usually have to take more doses. Some things you can’t prevent, like getting it from someone else!

    I have found that it is better to take some natural juices and herbs, so that I do not have to go to a Doctor. You know, the old addage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” esspecially with all the side effects!

    Again I do not oppose the use of pot for true medical uses, but I do oppose them for general use.

    RBK

  • Dan

    Over the years I have met many people who smoke marijuana. They were hard working people who functioned in the everyday world. The used pot to relax at the end of a hard day, just like people who have a drink after work. They work, pay their taxes and take care of their families. Are there people who abuse pot? Sure, just like there are people who abuse food, sex, alcohol, cigarettes and prescription drugs. What a person does in their life is their business, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others, and should not be be bothered by the government. Legalize it, let farmers grow it and let the government regulate it to keep it away from children and keep it safe, and tax it. Stop wasting valuable resources putting people in prison just because they smoke pot.

  • Sonya

    TO JD

    Are we to assume that the only things you allow your self to consume in order to stay alive are fresh fruits and vegetables grown yourself and water collected as your God allows it to fall from the sky?  If not, you are also guilty of putting toxins into your so called temple of a body and therefore have not right to go off like you did on this matter.

    As for the matter at hand….Marijuana……. I don’t smoke it because it aggravates my asthma and makes me paranoid which then intensifies the asthmatic symptoms.  Its actually kind of funny when I think about it (not while I’m having the problem, of course). However, with all the substances that ARE legal and taxed in this country that are so much more detrimental to our health and well being, there really appears to be no legitimate reason not to  legalize and tax marijuana. We should have state registered legal farms (though they may find security a bit of an issue, its not like someone stealing an apple off your tree or something). In addition, I think a person ought to be allowed to have their own plant or small supply for personal use (like the 5th of booze or bottle of wine in the cabinet).  I have witnessed the devastating effects marijuana abuse can have on a person’s life and those around him but just let me say that it was nothing compared to what the alcohol abuse or prescription drug abuse did in those once closest to me.  There are always going to be those out there that can’t control themselves and over indulge but that doesn’t mean that the more responsible individuals out there should be penalized for it.  Should we make Rocky Road ice cream illegal because I overindulged to the point of harming myself by becoming technically obese or should it remain legal for all those skinny people to have even though there’s a risk they may someday end up like me (who was once actually grossly UNDER weight) ?   

  • Sonya

    TO RBK

    I sympathize with your position as I, too, have a son who has ended up very similarly.  However, I also have 4 others who don’t use any drugs or alcohol at all and 2 who have been known to use marijuana or alcohol responsibly from time to time.  (They all grew up together). As parents, we do all we can to protect our children but its just not always possible because just like us they are individuals.  Our sons’ had these troubles despite the fact that marijuana illegal.  I don’t see how legalizing it would have made a difference to them or to my other children, for that matter, obviously if one got a hold of it somewhere the others could have too.

  • Don

    Make Marijuana legal!!!, its as simple as that!

  • karen

    I am all for legalizing for medical conditions.  My father had cancer and of course with that he had pain, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia, nervousness.  I really think it would have helped him, however, he would not have considered it, because it was illegal, but he took an enourmous amount of morphine daily!  I think that’s a little messed up!  I also wanted to make a comment to George Beck, who suffers from RSD.  My mom has that and she has found refief in a drug called topamax.  I am not found of it either, due to side effects, however, it has mad such a big difference with her.

  • dennis

    Duke Sampson, if you read this, see a chiropractor!  He can probably relieve alot of your symptoms, from vertigo, headaches to the jaw pain! Not sure where you live, but my Doctor in North GA is great, Dr. Wm. R. Johnson.

  • matt

    I don’t understand some people. More people smoke than you think. When is everyone gonna wake up and start standing up for themselves. Its not about the effects of marijuana or the choice of the general public. Its about money plain and simple. I bet when we completely use up all of this worlds oil it wont be a problem. Marijuana is bad for the oil, timber, pharmaceutical, and I’m sure many other industries, not the person who smokes it. And even if it was bad the way it is made out to be I’m certain the deaths or illnesses incurred would be nowhere near the numbers of alcohol, tobacco, or pharmaceuticals. They group this drug with hard drugs to blind you from the truth. I guarantee you that the majority of the public would vote to completely legalize marijuana, the only problem is the way to vote on it. Between the none voters and the fact that a lot of the users have charges incurred from its use which prohibit them from voting, you will never get a straight vote. I think these laws against marijuana are outrageous and unnecessary. And for the religious people here you go: Genesis 1.29: “God said, “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food.”

    “He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man and oil to make his face to shineth.” (Psalm 104:14-15)

    “The Lord said unto me, “I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches.” (Is. 18:4-5)

    “And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.” (Ezekiel 34:29)

    “One believeth that he may eat all things. Another…eateth herbs. … Let us not, therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Epistle of St. Paul: Romans 14: 2,3,13,14,17)

    “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (Rev. 22:1-2)

  • Gary

    I smoked lots and lots of pot and hash on a daily basis for six years in the 1980′s and none of it ever hurt me one little bit. I was living in Alaska at the time, where it is still legal today to possess up to four ounces in your own home and for your own use.

    I quit when I moved back to the Lower 48 States, and quitting was no problem at all, not in the least. At first I missed smoking it as it had become a habit, so there is a certain psychological addiction, but there is no physical addiction as there are with cigarettes. I’m a smoker, so I do know what it’s like to try to quit tobacco.

    You can become “addicted” to pot if the underground should add addictive substances to it before points of sale, but in general, pure homegrown marijuana with no additives is not addictive.

    Don’t let the drug war liberals try to tell you otherwise. I know better. In all probability, they’ve never tried it for themselves because their friends all say it’s “evil.”

    It’s not a substance that’s good or bad. It’s what you do with it that makes it good or bad. If you smoke pot at home by yourself or with some adult friends, and you’re all minding your own business, that’s good. If you take it to a school and try to push it on kids, that’s bad.

    Tobacco can cause cancer which will kill you. Tobacco contains nicotine, which is a poison more deadly than arsenic, which tobacco products also contain, among other poisonous substances. An alcoholic that drinks too much can die from alcohol poisoning.

    You can smoke as much pot as you want and it will not kill you. I believe that whether smoking pot can cause cancer is still being debated, however, but it does not contain nicotine or other poisons. You cannot overdose on pot. And yet, which of these three substances are legal? Tobacco and ethanol are more dangerous than marijuana is.

    The best thing we can do with the economic crisis is to make marijuana completely legal, subject to the very same restrictions as there are with alcohol and tobacco.

    United Dairy Farmers (UDF), a convenience store chain incorporated in Cincinnati, Ohio, where you can purchase dairy products, beer, gasoline, candy, pop, magazines etc. always “cards” people whenever they want to purchase tobacco products or beer. They do not sell liquor.

    It does not matter if you are 100 years old or more, you will be carded by a UDF clerk to check your age if you want to buy restricted products. That is UDF’s policy, and it’s a good one. I know this because I have asked personally of several store managers about it. At 47, I don’t mind being carded in the least. It’s like whipping on a seatbelt. It’s done and over with.

    And that is how it should be, especially with marijuana. It can and should be grown under carefully controlled conditions to ensure purity as it is in California and other medical marijuana states.

    Pot can be sold in licensed, regulated outlets and taxed to death. Let ‘em tax it. I’ll buy it. Tobacco or liquor outlets, or those that sell both, would be the most sensible choice. The rules that apply to tobacco and liquor could also apply to marijuana. No one under 21 can buy, no smoking of pot in public, no open “joint” containers while driving and so forth.

    That’s why marijuana is known as a recreational drug anyway. No one drinks beer at work on the clock, no one goes to work drunk (or they shouldn’t), no one operates heavy machinery while they’re drunk (or they better not). You shouldn’t drive drunk. I learned that lesson many years ago the hard way. You shouldn’t drive stoned either.

    One time many years ago a friend and I were traveling down a long straight road in Anchorage. My friend was driving the car, and we were both stoned. We got to talking about something, and pretty soon we both forgot where we were (inside a car) and what was happening (moving in a straight line at 40 mph).

    We were both “spacing out” on whatever it was we were talking about, and suddenly to my horror I was brought back to the reality of our situation, which was not serious — yet. I don’t know if we ran any stop signs or red lights, but I urgently brought my friend’s attention back to the road.

    There is a time and a place to drink beer or liquor. That place is at home, and when there are no pending responsibilities, i.e. don’t try to be a drunk babysitter.

    There should also be a time and a place to smoke pot if adults want to, and that place is at home, no minors allowed.

  • danny

    The worst side effect of marijuana is jail. Its a shame to waste tax money enforcing these

  • Powerful Posion

    Look, It will never be legal. There is to much money keeping the citizens jailed. The liquor producers will never let people have majurana legal as it can be grown in a backyard. Go smoke cigarettes and get cancer. The entire society is toxic. Land, Sea and Air. The world is controled by gansters. Let’s face the world sucks, always has and always will. Soberity is the answer. You are what you eat. Go ahead go toke up, the Mexican Maphia is willing to get the gringo buck. This country is going down the tubes.

  • Aj

    I can respect those that think marijuana should remain illegal. What I do not respect, is when they turn around and claim they believe in freedom..

    Their definition of freedom is scewed, it pretty much is summed up like this “We think you should have a choice of a variety of ways of life that we approve of.. since you have a variety of choices, you are free, even though these OTHER activities are illegal, we still believe we are free because you don’t NEED to do those HARMFUL activities”

    Freedom is not complete with out the freedom to self destruct, if you don’t believe in the freedom to self destruct, then you do not believe in PURE freedom and please PLEASE stop saying you believe in free nation.

  • LEM

    Driven by the Drug War, the U.S. prison population is six to ten times as high as most Western European nations. The United States is a close second only to Russia in its rate of incarceration per 100,000 people. In 2000, more than 734,000 people were arrested in this country for marijuana-related offenses alone.

    The US war on drugs places great emphasis on arresting people for smoking marijuana. Since 1990, nearly 5.9 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges, a greater number than the entire populations of Alaska, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming combined. In 2000, state and local law enforcement arrested 734,498 people for marijuana violations. This is an increase of 800 percent since 1980, and is the highest ever recorded by the FBI.

    As has been the case throughout the 1990s, the overwhelming majority of those charged with marijuana violations in 2000– 646,042 Americans (88 %) — were for simple possession. The remaining 12% (88,456 Americans) were for “sale/manufacture”, an FBI category which includes marijuana grown for personal use or purely medical purposes. These new FBI statistics indicate that one marijuana smoker is arrested every 45 seconds in America. Taken together, the total number of marijuana arrests for 2000 far exceeded the combined number of arrests for violent crimes, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

    Like most Americans, people who smoke marijuana also pay taxes, love and support their families, and work hard to make a better life for their children. Suddenly they are arrested, jailed and treated like criminals solely because of their recreational drug of choice. State agencies frequently step in and declare children of marijuana smokers to be “in danger”, and many children are placed into foster homes as a result. This causes enormous pain, suffering and financial hardship for millions of American families. It also engenders distrust and disrespect for the law and for the criminal justice system overall. Responsible marijuana smokers present no threat or danger to America or its children, and there is no reason to treat them as criminals, or to take their children away. As a society we need to find ways to discourage personal conduct of all kinds that is abusive or harmful to others. Responsible marijuana smokers are not the problem and it is time to stop arresting them.

    Once all the facts are known, it becomes clear that America’s marijuana laws need reform. This issue must be openly debated using only the facts. Groundless claims, meaningless statistics, and exaggerated scare stories that have been peddled by politicians and prohibitionists for the last 60 years must be rejected.

    ANNUAL AMERICAN DEATHS CAUSED BY DRUGS

    TOBACCO …………………… 400,000
    ALCOHOL …………………… 100,000
    ALL LEGAL DRUGS ………….20,000
    ALL ILLEGAL DRUGS ……….15,000
    CAFFEINE …………………….2,000
    ASPIRIN ………………………500
    MARIJUANA …………………. 0
    —————————————-
    Source: United States government…
    National Institute on Drug Abuse,
    Bureau of Mortality Statistics

    A 1997 UCLA School of Medicine study (Volume 155 of the American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine) conducted on 243 marijuana smokers over an 8-year period reported the following: “Findings from the long-term study of heavy, habitual marijuana smokers argue against the concept that continuing heavy use of marijuana is a significant risk factor for the development of chronic lung disease.” “Neither the continuing nor the intermittent marijuana smokers exhibited any significantly different rates of decline in lung function as compared with those individuals who never smoked marijuana.” The study concluded: “No differences were noted between even quite heavy marijuana smoking and non-smoking of marijuana.”

    Marijuana does not cause serious health problems like those caused by tobacco or alcohol (e.g., strong addiction, cancer, heart problems, birth defects, emphysema, liver damage, etc.). Death from a marijuana overdose is impossible. In all of world history, there has never been a single human death attributed to a health problem caused by marijuana. Legalize marijuana and life would be better for most people.

  • John Troutman

    I was a practicing Addiction Therapist for over 14 years, and never did understand why Marijuana was grouped with dangerous drugs. It simply doesn’t fit the profile.
    A lying rabid fundamentalist used week as his mode of scaring a gullible people into believing his B.S., and giving him lots of money to combat “The killer Weed”.
    Five separate commissions have been named and disbanded before they reported, because ALL of them came to the same conclusion, pot isn’t dangerous.
    I don’t support abusing any drug, including aspirin, but to demonize a very effective natural painkiller, with minimal side effects, is wrong on several levels.
    The government is too big, powerful, and slanted toward Fascism, for me to think they are concerned for my well being.

  • John

    I am for the legalization of cannabis ( not marijuana the given racial term), but taxing marijuana and selling it through existing tobacco companies is not trust worthy to me because cigarettes are taxed and they contain 3,000 chemicals. you should have the right to grow it in your backyard (not your frontyard,LOL) so you know what has been added. The only ingredients added from homegrown are fertilizer and plenty of nursing. I would also like to add, if politicians say cannabis i a poison in this country then why is the number one killer permitted to be sold while constantly approved by the fda and why were workers health not of concern on job sites, but yet cannabis was number one on their agenda?

  • jopa

    One of the posts above the author kept saying look at Amsterdam in a negative voice.Apparently he has never been there.I was so impressed by the city and it’s people my wife and I made several trips there.I could’nt smoke the weed because of random drug testing at work but I would never knock anyone who chose to.Some of the weed was mixed with tobacco and they had to warn you of that because of the addicting effects of tobacco.The city was virtually crime free and the hot topic at the time was a murder that happened three years prior.The few police you did see were unarmed except for billy clubs but I always had a safe and secure feeling when being there.If you smoke weed or not of all the places I have been around the world Amsterdam is near if not at the top as one of the best cities in the world.

  • http://www.mixx.com/photos/13956230/industrial_concrete_plant_background_murfreesboro_tennessee_wdc3d Jewel Gilgore

    I came across your website and think it’s fantastic.I would like to start a photography blog. Thanks!

  • Larry

    Massachusetts has decriminalized possesion of under one ounce of marijuana, but it’s illegal to smoke. The paranoid losers that control the laws think weed is a gateway drug to worse drug use. Any day of the week just go to a liquor store and watch familys, ( mom and dad with thier young children ) grab a shopping cart and then they walk the aisles looking for thier liquors to buy for the week. This is the real issue teaching their young children that it’s allright to drink alcohol because mom and dad do it. So the drinking cycle begins for the kids and starts as soon as the parents are not looking. They start with beer and then go to hard liquior. While drunk they do stupid things that have very dangerous consequences, but that’s allright because it’s legal to have booze. The only medical advantages to alcohol is to fuel the medical system money like detox hospitals that rarely help, and funeral homes to sell coffins and bury the ones affected by drunks. Medical benefits of smoking weed are well documented to help people with pain, like cancer, arthritis and people taking HIV medications. More people are killed by alcohol than weed. The people killed by weed are the ones trying to get weed off the street by dangerous drug dealers. Those drug dealers are the ones that will try to sell you more dangerous drugs that will make them more money. If weed was legal and you could by it from weed dispensary and not drug dealers,chances are very good the dangerous drugs would not be introduced to people. The only people benefiting from weed being illegal are the police, jail gaurds and the lawyers. Smoking cigaretts and drinking alcohol are killing people and have no other purpose, but smoking weed has definite documented advantages. This does not make any sense we have to really wake up the goverment to leagalize marijuana for medical advantages because it’s allready to late to help the alcoholics, but if if can happen now it will be able to help all the people in pain.

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.