Posts tagged: medical marijuana
This Year of the Dragon is starting out on a real high. Monday night, for example, our new so-called “conservative” Spokane City Council agreed unanimously that medical marijuana should be legal and available to those who need it. So give council members big hookah huzzahs for standing up to the federal government’s pot paranoia. Being weed free means my knowledge on this subject is limited to Seth Rogen movies. But I know enough to see medical marijuana as the municipal bong, I mean, boon we’ve all been praying for. Until they were so rudely shut down by the feds last year, medical marijuana dispensaries were about to become an even bigger growth industry than towing cars out of Browne’s Addition/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
Question: The Spokane City Council supports medical marijuana. Gov. Butch Otter doesn't. Who's right?
Medical marijuana legislation was introduced in the Idaho House today, where Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, introduced HB 370 as a personal bill. He proposed similar legislation last year; it got an informational hearing from the House Health & Welfare Committee, but didn't proceed. HB 370 would permit patients with debilitating medical conditions to be dispensed up to 2 ounces of marijuana every 28 days; they'd have to get it from state-authorized “alternative treatment centers”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
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Question: I support medical marijuana in concept. But am wary of medical marijuana legislation after reading about all the problems with it in Montana and Washington. Is it worth the headaches?
In an interview with Idaho Conservative Blogger, Gov. Butch Otter says he's consulted with governors in states permitting marijuana use, but doubts the Legislature will ever send him a bill. If they did, he hinted he would veto the measure, calling pot a “gateway drug.” Among Otter's major initiatives have been the Idaho Meth Project, a favorite cause of his wife, Lori. As a young lawmaker in the 1970s, Otter supported decriminalization, but his views have shifted. Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, has pushed for years to legalize industrial hemp, but gotten no traction in the Legislature/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo of California protest, for illustrative purposes)
Question: Are you optimistic that Idaho will legalize medical marijuana sometime this decade?
Item: Marijuana debate hits Idaho: Local group hosting informational meeting Oct. 14/Tom Hasslinger, CdA Press
More Info: Opponents say Idaho is next. They're organizing informational meetings to fight legalizing medicinal marijuana, a issue that is sure to come the Gem State's way since neighboring states have already done so. They say the topic will come up during the 2012 legislative session, just as it had in 2011, but with even more vigor since pro-pot lobbyists have Idaho in their crosshairs. Like dominos, after neighbors Washington and Montana have legalized it, they say Idaho is the last holdout in the Pacific Northwest, ripe to be targeted.
Question: Should Idaho legalize medical marijuana?
In Oregon, big city Portland has cafes where medical marijuana users smoke pot while singing karaoke. But it is in the small rural communities of southwestern Oregon where medical marijuana has really taken root. The Associated Press analyzed the locations of people registered to grow medical marijuana as patients, caregivers or designated growers based on their ZIP codes and found that Williams in Josephine County has the heaviest concentration. More than 400 of the town’s 2000 residents, approximately 20 percent of residents, are authorized by the state to grow up to six plants each/SR.com NW roundup. More here. (SR file photo of marijuana plant, for illustrative purposes)
Question: Would you want to live in a town where 20 percent of the residents were registered to grow marijuana?
Less than two weeks after a drug raid at his home netted 82 marijuana plants, Michael Adam Assenberg vowed Monday to continue lighting up, growing pot plants in his basement and delivering medicinal cannabis products throughout Whitman County. “I'm tired of all the ripoffs patients have to go through,” said the 51-year-old Assenberg. “So I decided to open up Compassion 4 Patients, and it really is about the compassion.” For the past four months, Assenberg said he's been harvesting his cannabis crop, converting it into smokable and edible medicines and using a 35-year-old ambulance to deliver products to upward of nine patients. “It's very easy to find out what I'm doing because I went on Craigslist and various newspapers and such,” Assenberg said. “I have advertised that I'm out there to help patients”/David Johnson, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: What issue would you be willing to defy the law over?
To call what the Hyde family has been through a “parent's worst nightmare” sounds like a horrible cliche. But, it's hard to imagine what else you could call it. Their two-year-old son Cash was diagnosed last year with a stage 4 brain tumor; he nearly died more times than they can count. He was miserable from the chemotherapy coursing through his body until his dad made a controversial decision to give cannabis to his young son.June 21, 2008 is a day Mike and Kalli Hyde will never forget. It was the day they brought their second son into the world. Mike describes the little boy they call Cashy as a healthy baby boy, born in Missoula. Never could they have imagined the journey little Cashy's life would take/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.
Question: Would you have done the same thing if you'd been in Mike Hyde's shoes?
HELENA - On a mostly party-line vote with Republicans in favor, the Montana House voted 63-37 Thursday to repeal the voter-passed 2004 law that legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, as GOP lawmakers labeled it a “scourge” that is corrupting Montana.
“Today, we're not talking about medical marijuana,” said House Speaker Mike Milburn, the sponsor of House Bill 161. “We're talking about marijuana. It has gotten so far out of hand. We're talking about a totally uncontrolled epidemic by the drug trade industry. It's starting to undermine the very fabric of our state that we so greatly cherish.”
After endorsing the repeal, the House sent the bill to the House Appropriations Committee to examine the financial impacts of repealing the law. HB161 then will return to the House for a final vote before going to the Senate.
The final vote Thursday had 62 Republicans and one Democrat voting for HB161, while 31 Democrats and six Republicans opposed it.
Milburn, from Cascade, quoted a narcotics officer who estimated that medical marijuana is a $1 billion unregulated industry here, with Montana now considered “a source country” for marijuana, along with Mexico and Colombia, and other parts of South America. More.
Why the flip in Montana?
BOISE - The respected Boise State University Public Policy Survey, a statewide poll that’s been conducted in the state for more than 20 years, yielded a surprising result Tuesday: 74 percent support for allowing “terminally and seriously ill patients to use and purchase marijuana for medical purposes.”
Just 23 percent said “no” to that in the statewide survey, and 3 percent said they didn’t know.
State Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, who has pending legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho in precisely those situations, said, “I’m not surprised at all, because in similar states out here in the West, the results are 65 to 75 percent (in favor), as long as you focus, like we have, very narrowly on medical marijuana for folks who are in excruciating pain with long-term diseases.”
The statewide survey queried adults in 525 randomly selected Idaho households, included cell phone as well as land-line respondents, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.More here. Besty Russell, SR
Does this finding surprise you?
More Info: A northern Idaho lawmaker has introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, sponsored the Idaho Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act earlier this week to establish a system for patients to legally obtain and use marijuana.
Question: Do you support the legalization for medical marijuana in Idaho?
It’s time to de-stupidify medical marijuana. Earlier this month, the local gendarmes once again expended a bunch of time and effort bringing down a medical marijuana dispensary. If someone breaks into your garage, don’t hold your breath waiting for an officer. But if you’re growing medical marijuana in that garage, they’ll find a way to send a car. Last September, city police busted Change, a North Side marijuana dispensary. Two men face felony charges from that bust, with trial set to begin Sept. 27. Then, earlier this month, county sheriff’s deputies busted the Med Mar Dis, a Spokane Valley dispensary. The owner faces felony charges. Everybody feel safer now?/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.
Question: Should Idaho allow medical marijuana dispensaries?
Idaho patients coping with chronic pain should be able to choose how best to manage their condition. If that choice is marijuana, they should be allowed to legally obtain and use it. Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, recently announced plans to introduce medical marijuana legislation during next year’s session, provided he’s re-elected to an eighth term in November. We applaud Trail’s efforts, but doubt any bill promoting the legitimate medical use of marijuana will go far in a statehouse dominated by regressive leaders who’d rather challenge the federal government’s authority to reform health care than enhance the medical options for the state’s patients. That’s a shame, especially when you consider the potentially dangerous alternatives Idahoans have in trying to control their pain/Doug Bauer, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
Question: Is the Idaho Legislature Libertarian enough to support medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana could become a reality for some Idahoans if a proposal by a legislator from Moscow becomes law. Republican Tom Trail wants to make Idaho the 15th state to allow patients diagnosed with severe illnesses like cancer, muscular dystrophy, glaucoma and more to have access to marijuana grown and distributed through state-monitored dispensaries. He says if passed, Idaho’s law would be the most restrictive in the nation while giving people an alternative to standard treatment. Trail, a 7 term lawmaker, introduced the measure now to give plenty time to start the dialogue before the 2011 legislative session/KIVI-TV.
Question: Should Idaho allow the use of medical marijuana?