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Post by Homemommy on 2012-04-05, 9:09 am

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Supporters of a bill to legalize marijuana for medical use ended their late-session push Wednesday after winning a hearing for the measure before a key committee.
State Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis, withdrew the Safe Access to Medical Cannabis Act following testimony on behalf of the legislation in the House Health and Human Resources Committee. The hearing capped a surprising week for the bill, set in motion by an unexpected vote in its favor in a Republican-led subcommittee.

Advocates hope the late momentum will convince lawmakers to support medical marijuana when they return after their re-election campaigns in the fall.

"We're all going to be out campaigning," she said. "This is your time to talk to your constituents about this and ask them what they think. And I think if you all talk to enough of your constituents, you will see that most people think it's a good idea."

Richardson agreed to drop the measure, Senate Bill 251/House Bill 294, after a busy day that began with a review in one Senate committee and ended with testimony from two Tennesseans who said marijuana relieved the symptoms of their illnesses.

Neither hearing would have taken place had a subcommittee of the House Health Committee not passed the bill on a voice vote seven days ago. The vote handed a rare victory to medical marijuana advocates in a campaign that stretches back several years.

Richardson said later she did not ask for a vote on the bill because she had struck an agreement with Health Committee chairman Glen Casada, R-Franklin. That deal allowed testimony to go forward Wednesday afternoon, even though the bill was already dead because of the action earlier in the day in the Senate.

Richardson said it was important that Gee and Donovan be given an opportunity to speak on the issue, even if there was no chance the bill would pass this year.

"That takes some courage and some gumption to agree to do that in the first place," she said. "I didn't want to just say to them, 'Never mind.'"

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This is a quote from a real live Senator.......

"We have a prescription drug use problem in Tennessee now, and that is an extremely heavily and well-regulated system," said state Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson. "With us trying to address that ill, I don't think we need to complicate that matter by adding more prescription type drugs to the marketplace."

facepalm Where do they find these people? Our prescription drug system is not well-regulated. It is the most easily abused system on the market. So, because people abuse prescription drugs that means people who are suffering from terminal and debilitating conditions that need medical marijuana are just out? We would rather push addictive and side effect heavy pills on them? Because we don't want to complicate matters? That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. I wonder if his views would change if he got some form of cancer and he is puking his guts out and he can't keep his prescription pill that is supposed to treat nausea down. Idiot. burn

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Post by Stovepipe on 2012-04-05, 9:15 am



Oxycontin is ok, but I'll be damned if we let people use this plant.



On the plus side, at least they are talking about it.
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Post by Homemommy on 2012-04-05, 9:27 am

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On the plus side, at least they are talking about it.

I guess. But it just keeps getting pushed back. Now, it's the fall. In the fall, it will be pushed to next spring and so forth...

But I guess they had more important things to do right now, the House and Senate got the saggy pants bill passed Monday and it's on it's way to Governor Haslam's desk.

yay.

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Post by Stovepipe on 2012-04-05, 9:31 am

Homemommy wrote:
Stovepipe wrote:
On the plus side, at least they are talking about it.

I guess. But it just keeps getting pushed back. Now, it's the fall. In the fall, it will be pushed to next spring and so forth...

But I guess they had more important things to do right now, the House and Senate got the saggy pants bill passed Monday and it's on it's way to Governor Haslam's desk.

yay.

LOL I'm glad to hear they have their priorities straight. It's much more important to keep butt cracks covered than get patients the medicine they need.
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Post by WxFreak on 2012-04-05, 11:01 am

Bottome line is: our timid lawmakers are afraid of touching this thing. In my humble opinion, marijuana should be legalized. Cigarettes and alcohol do far more damage to the body than smoking weed. I don't use it myself, but if it was legal, and I couldn't lose my job, I probably would, and save my liver. Gotta have something to make life tolerable at the end of a bad week.
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Post by Stovepipe on 2012-04-05, 11:10 am

WxFreak wrote:Bottome line is: our timid lawmakers are afraid of touching this thing. In my humble opinion, marijuana should be legalized. Cigarettes and alcohol do far more damage to the body than smoking weed. I don't use it myself, but if it was legal, and I couldn't lose my job, I probably would, and save my liver. Gotta have something to make life tolerable at the end of a bad week.

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Post by Homemommy on 2012-04-05, 11:19 am

WxFreak wrote:Bottome line is: our timid lawmakers are afraid of touching this thing. In my humble opinion, marijuana should be legalized. Cigarettes and alcohol do far more damage to the body than smoking weed. I don't use it myself, but if it was legal, and I couldn't lose my job, I probably would, and save my liver. Gotta have something to make life tolerable at the end of a bad week.

Yes. I think you're right. I would imagine Tennessee would be one of the last states to legalize it. What with us being so backwards on alot of issues. Ultimately, I would like to see it legalized for personal use in small quantities for everyone, regardless of health issues, but this things take baby steps. I would gladly give up my right to do it on a personal basis if those who have cancer and are terminally ill could do it.

Cigs and booze are toxic, you are right, but no one talks about the issues of prescription drugs on people's systems. It is mind-blowing that we will allow and encourage the use of these drugs that often carry side-effects that are worse that the condition for which the drug is prescribed to help. But that's Big Pharma for ya. As a nurse, ya'll have no idea how bad this pisses me off. You say something to people about this issue and they look at you like you're a damn hippy pothead. That's not it at all. It's about getting the best medicine available to sick people.

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Post by WxFreak on 2012-04-05, 11:30 am

Homemommy wrote:
WxFreak wrote:Bottome line is: our timid lawmakers are afraid of touching this thing. In my humble opinion, marijuana should be legalized. Cigarettes and alcohol do far more damage to the body than smoking weed. I don't use it myself, but if it was legal, and I couldn't lose my job, I probably would, and save my liver. Gotta have something to make life tolerable at the end of a bad week.

Yes. I think you're right. I would imagine Tennessee would be one of the last states to legalize it. What with us being so backwards on alot of issues. Ultimately, I would like to see it legalized for personal use in small quantities for everyone, regardless of health issues, but this things take baby steps. I would gladly give up my right to do it on a personal basis if those who have cancer and are terminally ill could do it.

Cigs and booze are toxic, you are right, but no one talks about the issues of prescription drugs on people's systems. It is mind-blowing that we will allow and encourage the use of these drugs that often carry side-effects that are worse that the condition for which the drug is prescribed to help. But that's Big Pharma for ya. As a nurse, ya'll have no idea how bad this pisses me off. You say something to people about this issue and they look at you like you're a damn hippy pothead. That's not it at all. It's about getting the best medicine available to sick people.

You hit it right on the head there. It's all about money. And the only reason things MORE toxic than marijuana ARE legal (alcohol, cigarettes) is because they are taxed so heavily, and our government makes a killin' from it (literally).
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Post by WxFreak on 2012-04-05, 1:11 pm

Stovepipe wrote:
WxFreak wrote:Bottome line is: our timid lawmakers are afraid of touching this thing. In my humble opinion, marijuana should be legalized. Cigarettes and alcohol do far more damage to the body than smoking weed. I don't use it myself, but if it was legal, and I couldn't lose my job, I probably would, and save my liver. Gotta have something to make life tolerable at the end of a bad week.


I try to limit myself to two vices per week. One is hard drink, the other is always open for debate.

"Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy." Ben Franklin

Could this not also be used in support of marijuana? I mean the same concept applies, doesn't it? cheers
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Post by Homemommy on 2012-04-05, 1:52 pm

WxFreak wrote:

I try to limit myself to two vices per week. One is hard drink, the other is always open for debate.

"Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy." Ben Franklin

Could this not also be used in support of marijuana? I mean the same concept applies, doesn't it? cheers

Ooh. I like the way you think, freak. The fact that our brains have receptor sites for cannabinoids should be enough to start intelligent discussions for it's legalization. That was discovered in 1980 and helped shut down the some of the propaganda about marijuana having the same effects on the brain that heroin and cocaine. Heroin and cocaine interrupt the way brain's use dopamine and can seriously alter an individual's behavior. A drug's ability to affect the neural systems related to dopamine production used to be the lynch-pin of the govt's reasoning on marijuana prohibition. And it has been proven now that marijuana has no effect on dopamine production.

But people just assume you want to get high and would never think to educate themselves on how THC works in your brain and all of the beneficial effects that marijuana can have for all kinds of illnesses and, yep, un-winding after a hard day. Not to mention you can have the BEST ideas when you toke. There's a reason all those artists and musicians use it. Wink


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Post by jmundie on 2012-04-05, 2:33 pm

One of my friends smokes regularly because it brings him to normal level. He'd have to take anti psychotics otherwise because he's too high strung. After he smokes a bowl, he acts like everyone else.

His therapist actually told him it was either pharmecudicals or pot. So he stuck with pot.

Honestly - I'd rather they skip the medical legislation and go straight to decriminalization of posession of less than an ounce. Let people grow their own and problems would disappear. No need for big time dealers.

But the drug war allows police to steal money cars etc from people, and keeps their funding coming, so the leglislature has to fight police unions who use their deep pockets to scare the bejeezus out of people who think pot is as bad as meth.

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Post by WxFreak on 2012-04-05, 2:57 pm

Again, it goes back to money. And we have something that is essentially beneficial in many ways to humans, criminalized and demonized. And the argument that it is a “gateway” drug to harder substances is total B.S. Again, another scare tactic. I know people that have used it for years, and they have no desire to try other things like cocaine or meth—because they have enough sense to know the dangers involved. And marijuana rarely ever causes the violent behavior alcohol is known for. But—until the government stops the hypocritical behavior surrounding the “war on drugs,” our laws won’t change.

And don’t get me started on politicians who clamor for “less government.” They only want less government when it concerns their self interests or the interests of lobbyists who pay them off. ANY politician who says they are for “less government” are feeding us a line of crap, because less government would probably mean they would be out of a job.
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Post by Toot on 2012-04-05, 4:26 pm

I totally agree with wxfreak on this subject. Smile

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Post by Stovepipe on 2012-04-05, 4:36 pm

Toot wrote:I totally agree with wxfreak on this subject. Smile

If he has a newsletter I'd like to subscribe to it.

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Post by WxFreak on 2012-04-05, 7:30 pm

Big Brother probably got this site under surveillance per this discussion. lol sneaky
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Post by Stovepipe on 2012-04-05, 7:34 pm

WxFreak wrote:Big Brother probably got this site under surveillance per this discussion. lol sneaky

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Post by WxFreak on 2012-04-05, 7:36 pm

LOL...I second that emotion dude. rock on

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Post by Homemommy on 2012-04-06, 9:11 am

WxFreak wrote:Big Brother probably got this site under surveillance per this discussion. lol sneaky

True story. I know someone who had a plant in her backyard. It it was almost budded, ready to go. She had taken good care of it. And a helicopter flew over her backyard and and hovered. She could see the whites of the helicopter dudes eyes. So, they radioed something and flew down over a couple houses. She was so freaked out that she ripped the plant from the ground and ran with it downstairs. Turns out they were looking for someone, not looking for plants. But she never grew anything again in her backyard. And was super ticked that her paranoia ruined her plant.

Big Brother if you're listening.....




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Post by Toot on 2012-04-06, 9:38 am

lmfao Carrie hurry

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LOL---Homemommy. Yeah, I would have been super ticked too.
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