As The Assembly Considers The Medical Marijuana Act

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I have been writing the members of the Assembly trying to inform and educate them about marijuana and the benefits of ending marijuana prohibition and allowing Kentucky to jump into the marijuana industry as many of the States are now doing.   I realize that I have to overcome 77 years of propaganda and outright lies so ingrained in some people that they get angry when presented with facts that contradict what they’ve been told these last 77 years.
I have just watched what is probably the most informative and factual documentary on the marijuana issue I have ever seen. It was published on YouTube last July. I have asked our legislators, in the name of all Kentuckians who need this plant for medical reasons and, as they consider the medical marijuana law, to please watch this documentary before they make any decision regarding the bill.  Either way they choose to vote on this issue, they should have the information to help them make a fair and proper decision.  It’s informative and entertaining, and I suggested they grab a bourbon whiskey and a cigar and watch it with their fellow legislators.   Here’s the link—

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeC8y19UBt4

If, after watching the video they still think we should continue the failed policy of marijuana prohibition in Kentucky then I have a few questions for them to think about.
After more than 77 years of arresting and incarcerating hundreds of thousands of Americans, more than 750,000 a year for the last 15 years at least, can they document one year when the prohibition of marijuana has been successful?   
How much longer should we continue the current policy, and when and on what basis will we decide whether the policy was successful or not?   If marijuana prohibition was a children's poverty program and after five years there were MORE children in poverty, we would either shut down the program or modify it to make it work.   Prohibition has not worked.  Even the Drug Czar said we could NOT arrest ourselves out of the drug problem, so why are we keeping it up?
Allowing the passage of the medical bill is the right thing to do.  It will free up law enforcement from wasting their time and money on a failed policy and bring needed relief to the thousands of Kentuckians who will benefit from this medicine being legally available to them and will increase revenues to the state that are sorely needed.
It's a win - win, Medical marijuana is supported by more than half of the citizens and unlike Gambling does not need a constitutional amendment. This same legislation is being passed in all the states around us. How bout we pass it first this time and you guys in the Assembly let us win one for a change!
 

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  • We simply must suspend our value judgments about kinds of drugs and admit (however painful it might be) that a glass of beer on a hot afternoon and the bottle of wine with a fine meal are no different in kind from the joint of marijuana or snort of cocaine; nor is the evening devoted to cocktails essentially different from one devoted to heroin.  All are examples of the same phenomenon: the use of chemical agents to induce alterations in consciousness.  Your value judgments are of no value in determining what is going on in America.  We are spending far too much time, energy and MONEY on trying to find out why people take drugs, but in fact, what we are doing is trying to find out why some people are taking some drugs that we disapprove of.  No useful answers can come out of that sort of inquiry; the question is improperly phrased."

  • Bodeen, well put throughout!  Watching cops storm trooping into a home on a search warrant for a suspected drug charge looks like jack booted thugs in Nazi Germany.  What was the difference again?

  • Regarding Cancer and smoking marijuana.  Check out the lung cancer study of Dr. Donald Tashkin.  Originally suported by the Feds, this 2500 person study showed that regular marijuana smokers got head, neck and lung cancers at the same rate as nonsmokers. The researchers concluded that there was something in marijuana that acted as a cancer preventer.  The Feds dropped their support.  Historically, the Feds had a program when Nixon was president of collecting the scientiic papers on marijuana at various universitys and destroying them, around the same time they were ignoring the reccomendations of the Shafer commission.  Appointed by Nixon, the commission reported that drug use and abuse was a medical problem and not a criminal one.  Nixon felt betrayed and ignored their reccommendations declaring he would not be seen as weak on crime.  He then declared the war on Drugs, and here we are!

    Nonscientifically, many people claim that their cancer was cured using marijuana oil.  Most recently, Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong, claims his prostate cancer has been cured by using marijuana.   I dont know how much of these claims are true but there are a lot of them and they all can't be lying.  At any rate we have been barking up the wrong treee when it comes to the prohibition of marijuana.

  • So what if someone wants to smoke a joint to get high in their own homes. If a man can get drunk in his home then why does people like I-Hate criticizes another persons choice of recreational drug. Everybody needs to step back and realize the real reason marijuana was made illegal in the first place and it wasn't because it was dangerous.

    I have always suspected I-Hate of being in law enforcement and his views are based on what he was taught. If I am right then he/she may have blamed marijuana for criminals who commited crimes. I don't know but really it doesn't matter what reason he/she is against it for because it isn't like all the other drugs we read about. Anybody who has done both like I have will say marijuana is much much safer and nowheres near as dangerous as the TAXABLE legal drugs.

    It is insane to keep on imprisoning users at our costs because of the outright lies used by our government in their scare tactics. It is a shame that our local police invades peoples homes and charge them with crimes that will send them away for a very long time. Mr. Auterson never bothered anybody and never harmed a fly. He isn't a violent man but yet his home was stormed by terrorists armed to the hilt because he was growing marijuana. These terrorists has their pre-invade meeting and psych themselves up to believe that they are risking their lives and need to be ready to kill at the slightest threat no matter how imaginal it is. And they want us to believe Mr.  Auterson is the dangerous one. This type of crime fighting is lunacy at its best and yet we allow it to keep on happening. It is high time (absolutely no pun intended) that this lunacy is put to a stop and our valuable tax money is used to help us in the way we need it used, not to fight this stupid war on SOME drugs.
     

  • AS we write the feds are llegally prepping to prosecute and incarcerate a local man for 40 years in the pen for growing marijuana in his home...what if marijuana does indeed cure cancer?  What kind of society does this to its citizens?  What kind of people are we to stand by and allow it.  You don't have to go along with this witch hunt, ya' know.

    Jury nullification occurs in a trial when a jury acquits a defendant they believe to be guilty of the charges against them. This may occur when members of the jury disagree with the law the defendant has been charged with breaking, or believe that the law should not be applied in that particular case.

    Jury nullification is a de facto power of juries. Judges rarely inform juries of their nullification power. The power of jury nullification derives from an inherent quality of most modern common law systems—a general unwillingness to inquire into jurors' motivations during or after deliberations. A jury's ability to nullify the law is further supported by two common law precedents: the prohibition on punishing jury members for their verdict, and the prohibition on retrying defendants after an acquittal (see related topics res judicata and double jeopardy).

    Jury nullification is an important safeguard of last resort against wrongful imprisonment and government tyranny.  The War on Some Drugs That Aren't Alcohol and Tobacco is a classic example of wrongful imprisonment and government tyranny! 

    Rise up!!!

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    Q
    Marijuana for Cancer?

    I know that medical marijuana can help relieve nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, but recently, I’ve heard about the use of marijuana to actually treat cancer. Is this true? 

    A
    Answer (Published 7/23/2010)

    "You're quite right: exciting new research suggests that the cannabinoids found in marijuana may have a primary role in cancer treatment and prevention. A number of studies have shown that these compounds can inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animal models. In part, this is achieved by inhibiting angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels that tumors need in order to grow. What's more, cannabinoids seem to kill tumor cells without affecting surrounding normal cells. If these findings hold true as research progresses, cannabinoids would demonstrate a huge advantage over conventional chemotherapy agents, which too often destroy normal cells as well as cancer cells.

    As long ago as 1975, researchers reported that cannabinoids inhibited the growth of a certain type of lung cancer cell in test tubes and in mice. Since then, laboratory studies have shown that cannabinoids have effects against tumor cells from glioblastoma (a deadly type of brain cancer) as well as those from thyroid cancer¸ leukemia/lymphoma, and skin, uterus, breast, stomach, colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancers.

    So far, the only human test of cannabinoids against cancer was done in Spain and was designed to determine if treatment was safe, not whether it was effective. (In studies on humans, such "phase one trials," are aimed at establishing the safety of a new drug, as well as the right dosage.) In the Spanish study, reported in 2006, the dose was administered intracranially, directly into the tumors of patients with recurrent brain cancer. The investigation established the safety of the dose and showed that the compound used decreased cell proliferation in at least two of nine patients studied.

    It is not clear that smoking marijuana achieves blood levels high enough to have these anticancer effects. We need more human research, including well-designed studies to find the best mode of administration.

    If you want to learn more about this subject, I recommend an excellent documentary film, "What If Cannabis Cured Cancer," by Len Richmond, which summarizes the remarkable research findings of recent years. Most medical doctors are not aware of this information and its implications for cancer prevention and treatment. The film presents compelling evidence that our current policy on cannabis is counterproductive and foolish. Another reliable source of information is the chapter on cannabinoids and cancer in Integrative Oncology (Oxford University Press, 2009), a textbook I edited with integrative oncologist Donald I. Abrams, M.D."

    Andrew Weil, M.D.

  • Ihateoxygenthieves, NO ONE and I repeat again, NO ONE in the medical industry has claimed Cannabis prevents or cures cancer.  That’s a feeble statement but typical of yours.  The term medical marijuana was the exact term my oncologist used when talking to me when I was diagnosed with cancer.  So no muse there.  My oncologist and other oncologist I TALKED TO DIRECTLY at one of the top cancer centers in the world, Markey Cancer Center, all acknowledge the benefits of smoking cannabis.  All of the nurses I encountered at the Cancer Center, you know, the ones that truly know how a patient is doing, all had positive statements to make about patients smoking cannabis. I smoked cannabis in my hospital room Skippy! I went as far as to make sure my cannabis use was document in my patient file.  Why? Because cannabis had such a positive impact on my total recovery that I wanted it documented for others in the medical profession to read.

    Words can’t come close to detailing the suffering I went through over 20 years ago because of chemotherapy.  While at home for a short few days before I had to go back in for another six days of chemo, I had energy just enough to lean over and throw-up in a bucket or no energy to where I spent 24 hrs on the bathroom floor. Mouth sores larger than marbles that made eating or drinking anything became a monumental effort.  I came very close to not surviving but I did and I attribute a portion of me beating cancer to smoking cannabis. 

    Your detractions for the topic by using the antiquated point of a hippy smoking weed in his basement is funny.  These times they are a changing and soon your 32 of the 50 states stat will change….again and again and again.

  • What specifically in the factual but non-scientific documentary did you see that has you so angry?  Your obvious hatred for the idea of marijuana legalization seems to be your main focus.  Half of Americans have used or just tried marijuana.   Where is the damage?  Plenty from enforcement and incarceration, but where is the damage from use.  With 20 million users at any given time we should be seeing spikes in traffic accidents, domestic violence, schizophrenia and a host of other things if that many people were doing it.   With more people smoking we should be seeing marijuana related cancer replacing the drop in cancer because people are quiting cigarette smoking.  All these things should be happening!  But they ain't.   Whats your explanation for this amazing turn of events?   Where are the bodies?????   Ps- it's the #1 treatment for post traumatic stress among Veterans and ithas been found to be effective in controlling siezures in epilleptic patients.  Thats only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  

    So ihate, I guess you bought into the propaganda that has enabled marijuana prohibition to continue for all these years.  You must be pretty upset that you have been consisttantly lied to by the DEA, FDA and others.  Is that it?

  • .  Really you got your FACTUAL documentary from you tube..... So marijuana is being made legal in all the states around us?   hhhmmm Illegal in 32 of the 50 states.  Murder is prohibited, robbery, rape, cocaine etc.. Are all prohibited and no matter how much $ you spend you will NEVER end it.  But just because something is "not cost" effective doesnt mean you should end it.  Medicare, social security, welfare NONE are cost effective maybe we should end those??? The term "medical" marijuana is a guise to those who wanna just puff puff pass.  Marijuana has NEVER been proven to prevent or cure any disease period.  Can it provide relief to some YES.  Why isn't the AMA, AHA, ACS etc... Demanding it be passed?  Its because they are medically trained doctors that use science and knowledge to prevent and cure illness.  Instead of some surfer, hippy wanting to sell his weed out of his basement.----ITS ON YOU TUBE SO ITS GOTTA BE TRUE funny!