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Medical Marijuana Advocates: All Major Magazines!Dr. Phillip Leveque Doctor of Pharmacology Salem-News.com
DEA Administrative Judge Francis Young says about marijuana, "Its the safest most effective drug known to mankind".
(PORTLAND, OR) - Time Magazine just printed its 4th or 5th article advocating marijuana for medical purposes, February 25, 2013. These were preceded by articles in Scientific American, Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine and probably a lot more. I hope I have properly stated the above but if I am wrong, I hope the magazines will hurry up and publish something positive.
Time's article was a real blockbuster, it started out with Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General in Virgina, who running for governor, speaking to the students at the University of Virginia for the total legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Those laws aren't fully implemented yet, but everybody including college and high school students are making believe that grass is legal and puffing away.
Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacker of California, says that if marijuana was on a secret ballot, it would be legalized NOW. His message has been relayed by such Republican stalwarts as former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Kentucky Senator Ron Rand Paul, all of whom say that states should have the option for legalization, not the U.S. government.
CBS Television conducted a recent polling and found that 65% of Republicans think the decision should be up to the states. I have heard that even the Texas legislature has introduced a bill or some sort of legislation? Several other states have done so also.
The US. government has several departments such as the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) which continuously bleat about the extreme dangers of marijuana use for any purpose.
Apparently physician/oncologists, that is cancer specialists, were the first to advocate for medical use of marijuana to reduce the nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. They still recommend it. In Oregon, about 3,500 physicians have signed patient's applications for marijuana permits for about 100 various medical conditions.
The situation is similar in 18 other states and the District of Columbia, Washington D.C. had the highest voter approval rate, about 65%.
Throwing marijuana users in jail costs about $50,000 per year and lost income and welfare payments. About one million are in jail or prison for marijuana charges. I added the numbers, it is more than $50 billion per year to incarcerate these people. We can't afford this.
I have heard that even Senator Mitch McConnell favors legalizing marijuana. He comes from a state with HIGH GROWTH YIELDS, Kentucky.
Yes, it is time to legalize, regulate and collect taxes on marijuana. In addition to prison costs, it also represents a loss of another $50 billion a year in collectible taxes.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS GOOD, MARIJUANA LAWS ARE CRAZY!
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