As Routine As Naming A Bill

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The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee held an informational hearing on the Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act on Wednesday the 21st of August 2013.  Supporters gathered at the capitol and testimony was introduced by Senator Perry Clark and many patients testified as to their use of medical marijuana and how they benefit from that use.
Significantly, Mr. Irvin Rosenfeld, one of four surviving patients left from the Compassionate Care Program which provided investigational medicine for critical patients was there to testify.  Mr. Rosenfeld receives a tin of 300 marijuana cigarettes from the Federal marijuana farm at the University of Mississippi every 25 days to treat his multiple congenital cartilaginous exostoses which causes bone spurs to grow into his joints, a very painful condition that would have resulted in his death at a young age were it not for his use of medical marijuana.
Senator Katie Stine made a motion to adjourn because the Senators had to be in session, however the Chair rejected that motion and kept the hearing open to allow the patients who had come to testify to do so.  Representative Robert Benvenuti made a point that if marijuana is good to treat anxiety it has a high potential for abuse and said he wants more research before he makes up his mind.  Opponents claim there is no scientific evidence of marijuana’s safety, however this ignores the many studies and anecdotal evidence that says otherwise.
As far back as 1988, in the matter of Docket 86-22 Marijuana Rescheduling Petition, Administrative Law Judge Francis Young of the Drug Enforcement Administration ruled in part VII Accepted Safety For Use Under Medical Supervision, “Marijuana in it’s natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.  By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care.”
One must also consider that statistics from the 20 States that do have medical marijuana laws show a decrease in teen marijuana use and in Colorado and Washington, 2 states having recreational marijuana, overall marijuana use is down.  In order for these states to have these laws the laws must have passed a number of Public Safety, Health and Welfare, and Judicial committee hearings.  Vetting the idea of medical marijuana laws has pretty well been done and it’s hard to imagine what we would find bad about marijuana that 20 other states didn’t find.
Actually the passing of State medical marijuana laws at this point, should be a routine and unremarkable bit of legislation as uncontroversial as naming a State highway after a respected Legislator, or naming a bill after a respected Gubernatorial Candidate such as Mr. Gatewood Galbraith.  
 

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  • lol that worked!

  • Interesting how the system *s the abbreviation of he will.... 

    Yep, you are so right, J," "h   e   l   l" then" when it comes to Obama.

  • Well "****", then!

  • "That is only good for as long as President Obama is still in office, as it was his policy and executive order that the Justice Dept. is implementing.  As soon as a Republican takes over the White House, all bets are off. "

    I wouldn't trust Obama.  **** change his mind in a heartbeat.  Just look what a warmonger he is now.  So much for the Nobel Peace Prize.  If he thinks it'll give him an opportunity, **** declare war on drugs. It's as simple as that.

     

  • Just another good reason to vote Democrat!!!

  • "The Justice Dept just said they will not meddle in state pot laws except for certain instances which means the Feds have declared a truce with the states over pot law."

    That is only good for as long as President Obama is still in office, as it was his policy and executive order that the Justice Dept. is implementing.  As soon as a Republican takes over the White House, all bets are off.  

  • Unfortunately, Kentucky does have its head in a nether place, so don't get your hopes up.

  • Dosen'tmatter now that the Feds are gonna let the States decide their own pot laws.  The Justice Dept just said they will not meddle in state pot laws except for certain instances which means the Feds have declared a truce with the states over pot law.  Kentucky, if it dosn't have it's head in a neather place, can grab as much of the pot market as it can.  Recreational, medical and industrial marijuana can now be regulated and sold in a State market.   We should take the cuffs off of the marijuana industry here in Kentucky and be ready when interstate sales come as they most certainly will.  Here's the USA Today article on it.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/29/justice-medical-marijuana-laws/2727605/

  • http://irvinrosenfeld.com/---------nowhere on his website does he proclaim it saved his life, prevented his death, cured his disease.  The publisher of this article does claim that.

  • very painful condition that would have resulted in his death at a young age were it not for his use of medical marijuana.  Not your post aga, the one i just listed is from the above article. It clearly states marijuana prevented his death.  

  • ihate, I am not making any claims at all, true or false.  I merely quoted what the website said, and I gave the website address for those who want to read it themselves.

    AND, nowhere in my post does it say marijuana cured anything.   Read my post again:  what I said was that, fatal disease or painful disease, marijuana helped.

    Read posts more carefully, and maybe you won't make false attributions against me or anyone else in the future.

  • I did read thank you very much thomy.   I even visited his website it does NOT say anyhing about the disease being FATAL as the above article claims.  NOWHERE does it claim it CURED his disease.  The above article claims "his multiple congenital cartilaginous exostoses which causes bone spurs to grow into his joints, a very painful condition that would have resulted in his death at a young age were it not for his use of medical marijuana."  It says very clear the disease is fatal and claims marijuana prevented that death and is TOTALLY FALSE! From what I have read the disease does appear to be painful and according to him marijuana relieves his pain.  I have no reason to doubt that, but what I do opposes aga is someone making FALSE claims to support a cause.  Can marijuana have medical uses? Probably so, but MARIJUANA DOES NOT CURE ANYYTHING! 

  • Plug his name into your search and read his story.  The condition was bad enough that the courts sided with him when Daddy Bush killed the program and it is why the Gov sends him 300 joints every 25 days!   This belies the claim there is no such thing as medical marijuana!   The Gov is precluded from saying anything positive about any drug that is schedule 1by the 1970 controlled substances Act therefore everything the Gov says about marijuana is circumspect and not to be belived!

  • **cancerous, not fatal

  • "Exostoses are typically benign; however, in some instances these tumors become malignant (cancerous). Researchers estimate that people with hereditary multiple exostoses have a 1 in 20 to 1 in 200 lifetime risk of developing cancerous exostoses (sarcomas)."  http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/hereditary-multiple-exostoses

    Apparently, this disease can be fatal.  Perhaps it was in the instance mentioned in the article.

    In either case, fatal or painful, marijuana helped.  That's the point being made.

  • multiple congenital cartilaginous exostoses which causes bone spurs to grow into his joints, a very painful condition that would have resulted in his death at a young age were it not for his use of medical marijuana.----------------So this disease is fatal? And the marijuana CURED it?.............Probably should have read the disease is very painful and marijuana provided pain relief.  

  • "Anything done to excess is considered a sin in God's eyes."

    I don't believe in "God" as I think you mean it.  And I don't believe that anything is a sin, done to excess or done in moderation.  It's all just experience.  And all experiences are valid.

  • Anything done to excess is considered a sin in God's eyes. And just about everyone has done something in excess. So we are all pretty much sinners.

  • "Actually the passing of State medical marijuana laws at this point, should be a routine and unremarkable bit of legislation as uncontroversial as naming a State highway after a respected Legislator, or naming a bill after a respected Gubernatorial Candidate such as Mr. Gatewood Galbraith."

    Yes, but this is Kentucky.  People here still think smoking marijuana is a mortal sin.


     

  • Whew, this contains very important info, but it is a bear to read without paragraph breaks.