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Paul Stanford Discusses Increasing Medical Marijuana Acceptance in U.S. (VIDEO)

How do the increasing number of states legalizing marijuana for medical use affect the rest of the country?

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Photo and video by Tim King

(SALEM, Ore.) - Medical Marijuana is now legal in 13 U.S. states. This ironic number is a demonstration of the growing popularity of laws that legalize and regulate the medicinal use of cannabis for sick people.

Along with Dr. Phillip Leveque who writes regularly on the subject, one of Oregon's central figures in the effort to bring this herb to people in a legal way is Paul Stanford of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation which operates clinics in several states.

The newest clinic is in Michigan. Paul says their relatively new clinic in the greater Detroit area is off to a great start.

Paul says in the interview posted below, that there are about a quarter of a million legal medical marijuana patients in the United States.

In Oregon, there are over 20,000 and in California there are over 300,000.

These numbers continue to grow, while states also continue to bring this issue before their citizens, and many are choosing to allow medicinal use of marijuana by a large majority.

I asked Paul if the addition of Michigan as the 13th state, and other accomplishments of the movement to legalize marijuana for medical use, may some day affect the rest of the United States.

Here is the interview with Salem-News.com's Bonnie King and Paul Stanford of the THC Foundation:

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Jimmy February 23, 2009 10:24 am (Pacific time)

Ammiano is expected to announce legislation today that would legalize marijuana and tax the proceeds, Ammiano spokesman Quentin Mecke confirmed Sunday. Some estimates say such a tax could bring in as much as $1 billion.http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Rookie-assemblyman-plans-trailblazing-bill-40070267.html

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