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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Eight States That Should Legalize Marijuana Next Year

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By Phillip Smith

Beginning in 2012, four states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize marijuana. By this time next year, that number could well double, and then some. National polls now consistently show majorities in favor legalization, with a recent Gallup poll having 58% support—tied for the highest level in the poll’s history.

That doesn’t mean legalization is inevitable in any given state, as the case of Ohio earlier this month demonstrated. There, an initiative led by non-movement investors who sought monopolistic control of commercial pot cultivation got trounced despite spending millions of dollars.

But the Ohio result was probably a fluke, a convergence of a number of factors, including tone-deaf initiative organizers, a flawed initiative, a widely criticized mascot, and the fact that it was an off-off-year election with low voter turnout. There is no reason to believe that legalization initiatives likely next year in other states will be defeated just because the Ohio effort went down in flames.

At this point, it looks like there are six states likely to legalize weed through the initiative process next year, with those efforts at varying stages, and a couple more that could do it through the legislative process.

Here they are:

INITIATIVE STATES

ALREADY ON THE BALLOT

Nevada. The legalization initiative from the Marijuana Policy Project-backed Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol qualified for the ballot last December. That means that by the time Election Day 2016 arrives, organizers will have had nearly two years to make their case to voters. Under state law, the legislature could have acted on the petitions and legalized weed, but it declined to do so, so now it goes direct to the voters. There are no recent state polls on legalization, but it had 54% support in 2013, and there is no reason to think it has declined since then.

PETITION DRIVES WELL ADVANCED

Arizona. The Marijuana Policy Project-backed Campaign to Legalize Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona announced last week that it had already collected 100,000 signatures for its legalization initiative. It needs to collect 150,000 valid signatures by next July to qualify for the ballot, appears well on the way to doing so, and says it is aiming for 230,000 raw signatures to have a healthy cushion. A June poll had support at 53%.

Maine. Once there were two competing initiative campaigns in the state, but now there is only one. The Marijuana Policy Project-backed Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has quit signature gathering for its legalization initiative and joined forces with Legalize Maine in support of its slightly looser legalization initiative. Both campaigns had gathered about 40,000 raw signatures each before coalescing. The Legalize Maine campaign will need 61,000 valid voter signatures to qualify, and it has until February 1 to get them.  That seems eminently doable, and if it makes the ballot, it should win: A poll in April had support for legalization at a whopping 65%.

Massachusetts. Unlike Maine, the Marijuana Policy Project has so far been unable to form a united front with local activists, so there are two ongoing legalization campaigns. The MPP-backed Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and its legalization initiative is vying with the homegrown Bay State Repeal and its legalization initiative. As in Maine, the local initiative is slightly looser. Earlier this month, the Campaign said it has already collected 100,000 signatures. It only needs 64,750 valid signatures to qualify, so it already has a nice cushion and the rest of this month to gather more. It’s not known how advanced the Bay State Repeal signature drive is, but it already looks like at least one legalization initiative will be on the ballot next year. Under state law, if an initiative has enough signatures, the legislature can then move to enact it. If the legislature doesn’t act, the campaign must then gather an additional 10,800 signatures to put it before the voters. One recent poll had support for legalization at only 41%, but it had a small sample size and large margin of error. Polls from 2014 had legalization winning by anywhere from six to 13 points, and the voters previously supported medical marijuana and decriminalization initiatives with a 63% vote.

Michigan. Another state with two competing campaigns, and the one that looks the iffiest in terms of qualifying for the ballot. Some 252,000 valid voter signatures are needed to qualify, and neither campaign is there yet. Backed by Republican business interests, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition said it had collected 200,000 signatures for itslegalization initiative by the end of October before making a “strategic decision” to temporarily suspend petitioning. It has until the end of January to come up with more. Meanwhile, state activists have created the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee (MI Legalize) and are signature gathering around their ownlegalization initiative. Last week, they said they were 90,000 signatures short—although it that is just raw numbers, they will need substantially more to have a comfortable cushion—and they have until the end of December to get them. Both campaigns have money in the bank and are paying signature-gatherers.

STILL IN A CONFUSED MUDDLE

California. California should have been an almost sure there next year, and probably still is, but it is getting late in the game, and the evident divisions among legalization proponents are starting to make for some worried wondering. There are no fewer than 18 legalization initiatives in play (some various versions of the same initiative), most of which have little to no chance of coming up with the 365,000 signatures needed to qualify. State activists organized as the California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (ReformCA) thought they had the support of national reform organizations and associated pots of money fortheir initiative, but that hasn’t turned out to be the case. Instead, groups such as the Marijuana Policy Project and the Drug Policy Alliance seem to be throwing their support to an initiative sponsored by tech billionaire Sean Parker. Neither the latest version of the ReformCA initiative nor the Sean Parker initiative has been cleared for signature gathering. Both initiatives now face a ticking clock. Campaigns have six months to get those necessary signatures, but the real hard deadline is June 30. Initiatives must have been cleared for the ballot by then in order to make the November ballot. The Parker initiative will likely have the financial support to do an expedited signature-gathering campaign; whether ReformCA will remains to be seen. While the state-level polling is good—a June poll had support at a record 54%–this late disarray doesn’t bode well.

LEGISLATIVE STATES

Rhode Island. This year, the legislature took up a legalization bill only to see it held for further study by the Judiciary Committees in both chambers. Next year, it could actually move, and it would if the legislature listens to the voters. In an April poll, 57% said they would support a bill to tax and regulate marijuana.

Vermont. This is probably the best bet for the first state to legalize pot through the legislative process. The groundwork has been being laid for years, it has the support of key state political figures, including Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) and House Speaker Shap Smith (D), and legislative hearings on how—not whether—to legalize next year are already underway. The legislature failed to move legalization bills this year, but the stage is set for 2016.

  • Lee

    About Maryland? Are they not trying to petition to go to the ballot in 2016? I’m kind of surprised they aren’t

    • saynotohypocrisy

      The only way to get a referendum on the ballot in MD is to have the legislature authorize it. That’s how gay marriage was legalized in MD.

      • Lee

        Well. The petition process in Maryland sucks. I mean really. So citizens in Maryland can try to repeal a law but they can’t gather signatures to create a law. What kind of petition process is that? Had the dems unified behind Heather Mizeur they may still control the governorship in Maryland and they would be on their to legalization.

  • mike

    Florida?

    • jasen joseph hylbert

      Well put! Florida could benefit from industrial hemp tremendously. Despite the fact that much of the state is barely above sea level there are many aquifers in Florida which are at risk of running dry. There is a lot of fallow farmland in Florida from failed citrus groves that would be well suited to growing industrial hemp. Floridians being allowed to self provide herbal cannabis without hindrance would help a lot of stuggling people be able to feed their children more effectively while diminishing much of the pill abuse epidemic.

      • jasen joseph hylbert

        Money generated from huge acerages of industrial hemp in Florida could pay for a system of piplines which could bring in ocean water to areas in need. The oil industry has proven that piping things long distances is quite possible!

        • Yesir

          Chill buddy

  • jasen joseph hylbert

    Comparing herbal cannabis to alcoholic beverages is a fucking joke. While I do not sincerely advocate for alcohol prohibition, the fact is that alcohol is a physically addictive hard drug which results in a lot of deaths from overdose and drunk driving every year. Try getting an alcoholic to refrain from using alcoholic beverages for a week or two – most cannot. The externalities of the alcoholic beverage industry like ambulance services are being shouldered by the rest of us. Pure herbal cannabis is impossible to overdose from, is not physically addictive, and studies have indicated that drivers under herbal cannabis influence are often safer driver than sober drivers.

    Jew on jew crime, not on my dime – blaming all of us gentiles for disfunction within the arabian family is typical fiction coming from those people. Guess who is making the real money in the prison industrial complex and the mafia cartels… If their culture is based on eating eachother, at least the rest of us should be allowed to be a part from it and just self provide. I could see myself giving herbal cannabis away to a lot of people, just like I enjoy giving food which I grow away. If the assholes who think the world is their promised land are trying to ban being nice to eachother and living in symbiosis, they should consider the fact that the whole world is not a lifeless bleak desert. Not yet at least – though they are attempting to make it that way it seems. Symbiosis is the driving force in nature and in human relations. Proof is in the fact that diverse ecosystems are the most robust. Industrial hemp is not only one of the most important crops to end world hunger and save on irrigation, but it is also a useful tool for those of us trying to restore native habitats because of its ability to outcompete and eliminate undesirable invasive plants which otherwise end up being a hindrance to restoring robust and diverse plant communities which in turn support diverse and robust wildlife populations which humans can enjoy artistically or for sustainance.

    I speak literal English, and stupid sarcastic code languages used by the haters amount to grunts and barks when it comes down to their ability to effectively communicate. Any enforcement or restriction of cannabis whatsoever is unconstitutional and self defeating in the long run.

    If the haters insist on being cannibals culturally, we should ship them somewhere were they can only victimize eachother.

    • Bob Tox

      I think it’s more of progressive effort that stands to neither gain nor loose. It doesn’t have a benefit. That’s no reason to enumerate all of the bad things about person, whether it is what he has done or how he carries himself, that never does anyone a favor, serves as an impediment and a burden to all of society, hasn’t any social graces or his tolerance. The problem is you don’t have enough of customers? I don’t love creation. It was happen stance, accidental or with intent.

      • Bob Tox

        When he is done consuming, he will consume more. This consumption feeds him and those who depend upon him. The consumer eats and the crumbs fall from his mouth. But the dog follows him he does not follow the dog.

      • No person was mentioned. Just an ethnic group.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      There’s nothing gentile about you. Take your crazy hatred of Jews somewhere else. You give reformers a bad name with that crap.

  • jasen joseph hylbert

    Any restrictions whatsoever on cannabis are unconstitutional and the cartel idiots will never change the constitution. As long as the United States exists, the cartel idiots will always be self defeated. The United States is here to stay because communism is self defeating and freedom is the only thing that works.

  • jasen joseph Hylbert

    Comparing herbal cannabis to alcoholic beverage consumption is ridiculous because alcoholic beverages are technically a physically addictive hard drug which can result un fatal overdose. Non of this is true for herbal cannabis. Continuing to misinform the public about the aspects of herbal cannabis compared to the aspects of alcoholic beverage consumption is deceptive and will not go unpunished. While alcoholic beverage consumption actually impairs driving and contibutes to massive numbers of roadway deaths, studies have indicated that herbal cannabis does not impari driving and may even make drivers safer than when sober.

    • Paul McClancy

      An alcoholic beverage has a component that cannabis doesn’t right off the bat- it’s a beverage. Hence, why some blokes get away with a session beer without intoxication.

      More evidence of alcohol users mentality can be found by googling “I don’t drink beer for the alcohol beeradvocate”.

    • Paul McClancy

      An alcoholic beverage has a component that cannabis doesn’t right off the bat- it’s a beverage. Hence, why some blokes get away with a session beer without intoxication.

      More evidence of alcohol users mentality can be found by googling “I don’t drink beer for the alcohol beeradvocate”.

      • Falcon89

        Cannabis can be in beverages and you don’t have to get intoxicated to relax because of it (low dose usage)

        • Paul McClancy

          When I look at bud I don’t say to myself “this will be a tasty treat”. It’s primarily used to smoke/vape. The same can’t be said for a glass of wine.

  • jasen joseph Hylbert

    I sincerely hope that anyone who slanders herbal cannabis use by equating it with alcohol or treating alcohol better than herbal cannabis is killed in a drunk driving crash.

    • jasen joseph hylbert

      Slandering cannabis in that way would stand to increase drunk driving death rates, so those liars ought to be the very ones victimized.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Pretty extreme there. I’d prefer making them wear a dunce cap.

      There I go, feeding a troll again.

  • saynotohypocrisy

    What the hell are you talking about?

  • jontomas

    NO TO THE ‘HALO’ RULE!!

    Can we PLEASE have a high-level debate on the insidious ‘halo’ rule? – From MPP’s Nevada “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” language:

    “Sec. 14. Penalties. 1. Restrictions on personal cultivation.
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in 453A of NRS, any person who:

    (1) Cultivates marijuana plants within 25 miles of a retail marijuana store licensed pursuant to sections 1 to 18, inclusive, of this act, unless the person is a marijuana cultivation facility or a person acting in his or her capacity as an agent of a marijuana cultivation facility;”

    This is outrageous. Here and elsewhere (like Arizona) MPP has inserted this monstrous provision in legalization initiatives! – In populated areas – where most people live – this amounts to a ban on personal grows!

    Please unite to stop this insidious war on marijuana consumers rights! – Shame on Rob Kampia and MPP!!

    • jontomas
    • Greg

      Thank you for recognizing this. It seems the big organizations like MPP, ASA, and NORML have been selling out to big money interests, and have been inserting language like this into their intiatives, thinking people will vote for it because it’s “legal and all they’ve got to vote for”. Greed and extortion-like tactics. “If we open up a store by you, you can’t grow, you have to buy from us!”. I would think that these organizations would have learned a thing or two about the recent results from Ohio. Positions like these is what ends up dividing activists. And it is our duty and right to speak out to these organizations, especially if you’ve ever donated to them before.

      • jontomas

        Russ Belville gave us the heads up on this. Any who want to stay on the cutting edge of marijuana reform should listen to his program on CannabisRadio.com. – weekdays at 3pm Pacific time. – Soon to be archived.

        Yes. The Ohio debacle was a big eye-opener. Watching all the reform orgs turn their backs on hundreds of thousands of Ohio marijuana consumers was demoralizing, to say the least.

        Living in California, I am increasingly dismayed by the egos and greed that seem about to doom legalization yet again in 2016. It appears people have forgotten the refrain: “United we stand….”

    • saynotohypocrisy

      This is disturbing to read. I thought it was ok in Washington State in 2012 to not allow personal gardens because we had never won a referendum and needed to show it could be done. But the Colorado initiative in 1912 that did have a right to grow passed by virtually the same margin as the Washington one did. And public opinion has moved in our direction a lot since then. Even the Ohio amendment that just lost had a right to grow. What was acceptable to me in 2012 no longer is.
      If it’s illegal for poor people to grow their own, it might as well be illegal for rich folks to buy.

      • jontomas

        Right. – MPP no longer has the excuse they are doing it because voters demand it. – It’s pure protection of those players who go along with MPP’s program. It’s not about consumers’ freedom anymore to MPP. That makes them not reformers anymore – just corrupt ‘businessmen.’

        The clues have been there all along – like when they have their fundraisers and other “meetings” at the Playboy mansion.

    • Bob Tox

      Legislation? Criminals don’t have legislation. Like marijuana plants on roof tops can not be arraigned rows. Marijuana plants must have individual registered tags purchased during marijuana planting season. Marijuana is subject to tag inspection by tag inspectors. Untagged marijuana will be mutilated by the Mexican lawn enforcement services.

      • jontomas

        We’ll have to jump through a few hoops in the beginning until everyone realizes marijuana is not the boogey man 80 years of propaganda has made them believe. – No problem. It’s just a stop on the road to freedom. – Marijuana prohibition is going down. And so is this $^%$ halo rule!

        • moldy

          I will continues to grow for my medical needs. I was an outlaw once I can do it again. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

          • jontomas

            Thanks. – Freedom’s just ’round the bend!

    • AntiIgnorant

      That is rather disturbing. I wonder how much population loss will happen in cities when all the people flock to rural areas so they can grow. I better start buying up rural property. The values are going to triple.

      • jontomas

        It’s easy to dream about moving to the country, but hard to do – unless you’re independently wealthy. Are you saying you plan to live more than 25 miles from any town? – That’s a BIG change in lifestyle. Very few would be prepared to do that.

        • AntiIgnorant

          I would but that is because I want to grow other things as well. But, I find myself in the city now but grew up in rural areas… so I prefer it anyway.

          • jontomas

            Then you’ve got an edge. That’s a good option for you.

    • AntiIgnorant

      That is rather disturbing indeed. I wonder how much population the cities will lose as everyone flocks to the rural areas. I need to start buying up rural property. The values are going to triple.

    • It is a rule designed to support the coming legal cartels.

      • jontomas

        Right. – At the expense of the freedom of consumers. – It won’t stand. Home growing is a major plank of real reform. Those who have pushed no home growing will see their stars descend.

    • AntiIgnorant

      That is an outrage the more you think about it. All this talk about legalizing like alcohol is proving to be a lie. You can brew as much alcohol as you want as a hobby. Should be the same for growing your own plants!

      • jontomas

        Actually, on the whole, marijuana reform is making great strides – despite some of the “leadership.” – we’ve just got to iron out the wrinkles.

        • Paul McClancy

          I seriously hope “no home grow” doesn’t gain steam in the near future. Places like NY might set a precedence for other states to follow, if their joke of a medical law is any indicator.

    • stellarvoyager

      My first skepticism of MPP came when they refused to fund measure 91 in Oregon because they said that it would lose in an off year. We got it done without their help/interference. Now, whenever I get an e-mail from them requesting donations, I simply hit “delete.”

      • jontomas

        Right. Kampia’s been shady all along. – Ex NORML Director Richard Cowan fired Kampia from his position at NORML after a failed coup by Kampia. Cowan accuses Kampia of stealing NORML’s email list to start MPP.

        • stellarvoyager

          That stinks. Even so, I still give respect to MPP for getting Colorado’s Amendment 64 passed, and deciding to work together with local reform orgs in Maine instead of competing. However, Amendment 64 remains their greatest accomplishment to date, and writing in halo provisions that are unnecessary because the measure would pass without them, and could fail because of them, is the height of negligence. Issue 3 in Ohio was defeated over smaller problems than a halo provision. Issue 3 had less restrictive home growing.

  • skoallio

    Not going to happen. Unless NORML and MPP comes up with power point presentations with fancy graphs equal to what Project SAM has. Wheres your fancy graphs showing legalization good the same way Kevin Sabet showing it bad? I cant find any on NORML website.

    I look at videos like this and how professional it looks makes me sick.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WsQy5Cxs7o

    • jontomas

      Are you really as out of touch as you pretend to be?

    • Paul McClancy

      Look up Russ Belville’s takedown of Sabet’s talking points.

    • jdub

      Wow how in this day and age can some one like sabet be considered a doctor in this day and age. ” more important then the facts about cannabis is the opinions of (ppl who don’t want cannabis to be legal) who work as officals in states where cannabis is legal.” It has already been proven that the only ppl who think cannabis is bad in co is ppl who thought cannabis was bad before it was made legal.

    • jdub

      lol this guy lol. lmfao cannabis is addictive. lmfao I love how he makes up how cannabis is stronger now even though the strongest strains of cannabis are naturaly found in nature and were around in the 50s 60s 70s 80s. like lmfao I would love to talk to this tool. the average strain of high grade in the 60s was in the 30%s . the average high grade strain in the 30s before cannabis was made illegal where in the 40%s. this guy is in denial big time. Like he makes over 100 k a year pushing propaganda on ppl. I have watched the video for 8 mins and this guy hasn’t produced one scientific fact how cannabis is bad. he has just said” im a doctor so that makes all the lies that the media made up about cannabis true because I am a doctor and have to magical power to change scientific facts to what I think they should be because that makes me more money!”

    • jdub

      “we want to talk about the harms of todays marijauana” lmfao cannabis is way less stronger then in the 60s when my parents smoked. if I bump into this guy in the street im giving him a lesson in muay thai and bjj that he will never forget. How can ppl stand up in public like this and bald face lie to ppl

    • jdub

      omg this f$%$&G guy! Like all the things he calls myths about cannabis is facts and he is like” im a doctor so that makes these myths about marijuana facts and it makes these facts about marijuana myths!” lol I still don’t get his need to use the racial slur marijuana. I guess the dr thinks blacks latinos and Asians will smoke marijuana get the jungle craze and rape and murder white ppl

  • skoallio

    Kevin Sabet.

    • jontomas

      What about him?

    • Lee

      Stop!!! Troll, Your trying to kill people’s optimism to win. We win in Nevada , Massachusetts, Michigan, Vermont, Maine , Still likely California , and have still have a good chance in the other states

    • Paul McClancy

      …is a prohib loon.

  • Bob Tox

    If I was a big bag of marijuana I’d tell you all to go f yourselves. It would be the first time. And then I’d burn out in the corn and piss in your beer. I’d buy the soy beans, just the soy. Every year. Yeah. The wine country. OK. But. I’m not a big bag of marijuana. There is no marijuana. Of course salad thinks has a plate full of interests. That sun gets hot. I have salad.

  • The Purpose of the halo rule and cannabis taxes is to support the legal cartel.

    The original Federal Cannabis Prohibition law was a tax law. I’m really surprised that legalizers want a return to that era. Even in part.

  • Bob Tox

    I can put rain anywhere. I am comfortable anywhere.

    Dropping the pot farm on this salad scene I can see happening.

    The situation good. Wild yeast makes a plant sweat into the air, which is rarely a problem except for something like a poppy. Tobacco especially rolling tobacco is harsh on a national level. Plant won’t have the smoking part so it’d safe for a while. It’s rural a farm is.

    To get the global market you’d have to do a corporate teardown anyways. Assets are a threat, for example the salad man who guards his salad farm

  • Bob Tox

    The cocaine comes from Columbia or is that a stereotype?

  • Bob Tox

    What I would do is have the interested farmer do the work for the year and then leave him with the used property minus expenses for extra labor contracted and the labor that had interest. It’s the way to go. By the principle of price point yielding the full market share the world various marijuana fields would not require as much checking. It’s not just that cocaine is trafficked into the country. They mislabel sugar. And many other products. The government is not my bitch these days.

    • Bob Tox

      It doesn’t really matter at zero sum level. Not that I don’t have better things to do.

  • Leland Gaunt

    I don’t any state will legalize until after 2020 following the Ohio debacle.

    • jasen joseph hylbert

      Do not be a defeatist pessimist.

    • jasen joseph hylbert

      Rigged economies amount to theft and inefficiency. The farce in ohio was going to put off the repeal of prohibition until 2019. Self provision is the way to beat the inbred economy riggers.

      • jdub

        It wasn’t failed though. It was a vote against monlopies

    • Lee

      Are you serious? Theyl easy win in Nevada.

    • Paul McClancy

      2020? Try 2030. If the majority of legalization ( or God forbid all) measures fail in 2016 it will put the reform genie back into the bottle. We could literally be back to square one in our lifetimes because of Ohio.

      • jdub

        Your crazy. the congressmen in Ohio said before the issue 3 vote that if it failed they would do a full blown open market for 2016

    • jdub

      That’s funny you call ppl voting against a monlopy as a debocial . it’s just the ppl who are pro cannabis are way smarter and grounded in reality then ppl scared of the magic scary green demon

  • jasen joseph hylbert

    There is no reason that it should not he repealed across the gobe immediately.

    One thing that is not known by many is that the ohio deception was going to put off the repeal of prohibition until 2019. So basically they were posing as anti prohibitionists while actually trying to put the breaks on the movement to repeal prohibition.

    Ceasing all herbal cannabis enforcement is what a real repeal of prohibition is, and does not require time or money from the government’s perspective. These delays being foisted upon us all by some who falsely claim to be in favor or repealing prohibition need to be reckognized as what they are. I honestly think that many who claim to be helping are hindering. Ethan Nadelmann has made statements that indicate that he believes that alcohol use among teens is preferrable to herbal cannabis use. This is not nadelmann’s promised land and I honestly think that he is only around to stop the repeal of prohibition by replacing it with intense regulation and sin taxes which restrict access to those in real need and continue a bigotted culture of hypocritical drunkeness. Thank goodness that the farce in Ohio did not pass. In 2016 there will be a better choice for people in Ohio to sign onto.

    While we should be confident as a whole, we have to be on the lookout for moles in the movement to repeal prohibition. Such does not amount to pressuring people to use or being distrustful of everyone. Anyone like nadelmann who claims to think it is bad that high schoolers can access herbal cannabis more easily than alcohol because of a lack of regulations on cannabis must be ousted from the movement. First of all such is a false claim – many American children have a much easier time accessing alcohol. Secondly herbal cannabis would be a much better choice for them than alcohol. If one wants to express sincere concern for high schoolers, they would be bringing up the pill abuse epidemic. Nadelmann has gone out of his way to critisize the concept of “wake and bake” (nadelmann’s words) – ignoring the fact that many many productive and great people use herbal cannabis soon after awaking without ill effects. I suppose that nadelmann is a bigot who thinks that coffee and doughnuts are the only way to start the day. Nadelmann has lied and said that the prohibition of cannabis had nothing to do with industrial hemp, going so far as to label those of us who acknowledge the real history of paranoid conspiracy theorists. He has instead tried to be racially divisive (typical of people like him) by saying that it was all about racism. While it is true that those labelled “black” and “latino” have been selectively encorced against, so have those of us labelled as “Irish” or “Italian” or pretty much anyone who is not Israeli… So nadelmann is amongst those who have been dividing people and encouraging racial revenge sentiments even though he is from the group of inbred opressors himself. Nadelmann is a mole who has been leaching off of the good deeds that we all do in our daily lives and leaching off of those of us who have made access continually possible. It is time we oust nadelmann from the movement to send a message to any other moles who may be hiding amongst us. If nadelmann is allowed to have continued influence, then herbal cannabis culture will never gain the full respect in deserves from mainstream culture. Nadelmann should be forced to take his doughnuts, coffee and vodka elsewhere – we do not need him and never did. The ballot initiatives have been passed by a lot of legwork by masses of people who will never achieve fame. All he is is someone who is taking funds away that could be used to pay signature gatherers and such.

    I invite nadelmann to change his tune and admit that the prohibition was about corruption and maintaining effortless profits for large forest owners who wanted no competition for paper pulp. I invite him to apologize and retract his statements which have lied and said alcohol use is preferable. I invite him to admit that regulations amount to a sin tax which empowers puritanistical ideologies. I invite him to acknowledge that the savings in removing enforcement costs is the real benefit financially for the government and that all this overtaxation amounts to making herbal cannabis culture pay for more of public services than everyone else.

    Nadelmann needs to prove to us that he is not some supremicist bigot who sees us all inferior and the world as promised to him by his imaginary friend.

  • PhDScientist

    Its critical that Medical Marijuana be legalized in all 50 states immediately.
    Between now and the election next November almost 600,000 Americans will die of Cancer.
    Every one of them deserves the right to have safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana.
    Every. Single. One.

  • PhDScientist

    Its a tragedy that nobody realized that the solution to the Ohio issue 3 problem would have been to pass another amendment in 2016 replacing issue 3 with a non-monopoly, turning the monopoly of issue 3 into a one year exclusive.

    We need 50 state legalization of Medical Marijuana now.

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta said it best —

    “We should legalize Marijuana. We should do it nationally. And we should do it NOW.”

    • jontomas

      Right. One of the deceptions prohibitionists and black-market growers shouted was Issue 3 would cast marijuana in policy in stone, forever. – That’s nonsense, of course. All involved should have acknowledged we will continue to refine marijuana policy until it reaches its optimum form – just as we did with alcohol after ending ITS prohibition.

      The important thing was the freedom of hundreds of thousands of Ohio marijuana consumers. – National “reform” leaders blew it.

      • The Ohio effort was not cast in stone – it was cast in money. The defeat will cause the “big bux” to come up with better laws.

        • jontomas

          But meanwhile, the hundreds of thousands of Ohio marijuana consumers will be still be persecuted by their own government. – And, we lost an incredible opportunity to break the back of the fraudulent federal prohibition.

      • saynotohypocrisy

        I don’t think national reform groups blew it for us in Ohio. Money wasn’t the problem, and they don’t have much influence on Ohio voters. Having the people who finance a referendum get financial benefits from it just rubbed too many people in Ohio the wrong way, despite this being the model previously used to grant a monopoly on casinos in Ohio. RO had the financial resources to make their case, and they were, sadly in my view, massively repudiated.
        But I read the RO spokesman saying the morning after that they would be back next year, so I’m waiting to hear more about that. They can redeem themselves and still be financial heroes of reform if they want to.

        • jontomas

          No. I was intensely involved in the debate in the various Ohio newspaper forums.
          The only ones who were “rubbed the wrong way” were the few greedy, black-market growers. They just moaned and wailed so loud it seemed like there were more of them.

          Consumers and voters, appropriately, didn’t care about the minor aspect of the temporary growing arrangements. They saw the important thing was ending the insane war on marijuana consumers. – This was confirmed in polls right before the election that showed 52-56 percent support for Issue 3.

          And yes, the major reform organizations blew it. – If they hadn’t all sat on their hands, it’s likely they could have made the difference. They all have dollar signs in their eyes now.

          It’s time for a REAL National Cannabis Consumer’s Union.

          • saynotohypocrisy

            I don’t see how 65%-35% could be turned around by out of state money and advice. But RO says they’re going to be back next year, in compliance with Issue 2 and more in accord with public opinion, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with. People in Ohio should be giving RO constructive feedback now, while there is a chance to influence them. I’d love to see provision for community gardens, but I don’t expect that to happen, not this quickly.

          • jasen joseph hylbert

            Set the bar high. There is too much liberal style pessimism and defeatism in this movement. The government is supposed to make the will of the people a reality and real government benefits from the efficiencies associated with self provision.

          • jasen joseph hylbert

            The thing about “responsible ohio” was that it put off repealing prohibition until 2019. It was a bad initiative that would have increased penalties for unlicenced self provision and empowered the types who benefit from the lies which are told in attempts to justify restrictions.

            I agree with you that us users of herbal cannabis must unite against those who would oppress and price gouge us! I do trust you after all I think.

          • jasen joseph hylbert

            There is more overall public support for hemp than there is for herbal cannabis. I say this as someone who enjoys both. R O had nothing about hemp. RO 2015 stood to delay until 2019. RO added increased penalties for some offenses. RO 2015 was crafted in such a way that it amounted to an attempt to ridicule the concept of a complete repeal of cannabis prohibition. While I sometimes question the true intentions of the major reform organizations, the fact that they were not behind RO 2015 stands to make them more respectable.

            Were you, “john thomas” counting on personally benefitting from RO 2015? Perhaps in some beaurocratic job compiling lists of those who applied for self provision permits? Because I value some branches of government, I acknowledge that building up government beauracracies around cannabis is an unwarranted distraction which claims a basis on the slanders of the plant. If you “john thomas” were counting on a kickback from RO 2015, you ought to admit it to us directly.

      • jasen joseph hylbert

        Looking to national reform groups like they are super heroes would tend to set oneself up for dissappointment. The people who wrote the initiative with the misnomer “responsible ohio 2015” were the ones who blew it. Stalling the repeal of prohibition until 2019 and enriching an oligopoly really would run the risk of enshrining the world in continued market control by the wasteful and deceptive lie peddling pot cartel types.

  • LouisianaMan

    Here’s how we know when marijuana is really accepted:
    1. When a movie in which a joint is passed around in a nonchalant manner, in which the use of pot is treated with no more importance than a cup of coffee.

    2. When stereotype like Stoner of Doper no longer have any particular meaning or stigma.

    3. When one can order a White Widow rolled joint in a bar as one would order a martini.

    4. When medical marijuana is no longer snickered at or called a “Joke”.

    • jontomas

      You’re going to be waiting a long time for all that. 80 years of the world’s largest propaganda and demonization campaign has laid a deep stigma.

      I’ll settle for ending the fraudulent prohibition. – That will probably happen in the next four years.

      • jasen joseph hylbert

        Everybody either sees through the propaganda or is relatively indifferent. There are a few puritans out there, but it is mainly people who want to price gouge the masses who pretend to believe the propaganda while spreading it and winking at eachother pretending they are clever. I am suspicious that you may be one of the propagnadists, since you are defending the farce which “responsible ohio” was so much…

    • CJ MACINTOSH

      I have a really simple test for whether or not a drug is dangerous.like there trying to do with MARIJUANA !

      How hard will users work to get it legalized?

      How much money will they spend.

      How many lies and exaggerations will they tell.

      How much rhetoric will they use, how hard will they work to indoctrinate other users.

      How willing are they to be dishonest with THEMSELVES.

      If a drug drives millions of people to lie, exaggerate, con, beg, and addict their friends….Every day on Facebook I see people willing to share absolutely absurd “facts” about marijuana. Anyone with half a brain can figure out that at the very least it’s an exaggeration, and more likely a flat out lie.

      And no one, to my knowledge has ever lied, exaggerated, mislead people to get Broccoli !

      • jdub

        You sound nuttier then squarel crap. Marijuana is safer to use then broccoli dummy . the simple fact that you think scientific fact is absurd “facts” are a joke you sound like the ppl that after slavery ended said ” I don’t care what no one says black ppl are animals . I don’t care what absolutely absurd facts you say , black ppl are animals!” well I unlike you sir don’t think black ppl are animals and I would have to be brain dead foolish to ignore all the scientific facts and pretend cannabis is bad besause our government gets paid by big corporations to keep it illegal.

        • jasen joseph hylbert

          Very true. The bigotry against herbal cannabis culture is similar to judging people based on their skin color. The propagandists are probably just trying to skew the dialogue though, and are likely connected to pot cartel idiots (be they black market, “responsible ohio” style statists, or some of each) who pretend to justify self provision restrictions with their lies.

          • jdub

            Most ppl don’t understand that the dea/cia is the biggest drug cartel on earth. That’s why they bust dispensaries in stead of the open air drug markets miles away. The dispensaries don’t buy weed from them. Why would they bust the ppl they whole sale 2?

        • jasen joseph hylbert

          I like the squirrel crap reference – those squirels certainly love nuts!

      • jasen joseph hylbert

        If you thought that slandering brocolli would keep high profits from brocolli use and brocolli enforcement rolling into your prison stock lined pockets you probably would, as you are obviously an immoral thief and a liar. Your inefficient system of corporate welfare surrounding cannabis is coming to an end and that your delays of this inevitable fact are a crime against humanity and the earth is more and more obvious every day.

        • CJ MACINTOSH

          Really check your facts” OHIO said NO!

          • Falcon89

            Ohio said no to a monopoly, not cannabis itself

    • jasen joseph hylbert

      When herbal cannabis use and hemp advocacy are not slandered as conspiracy theorism and paranoi but rather seen as logical stances. Many feel this way already, however the shame based attitudes of some and the desperate attempts at justifying continued price gouging stand in the way of these necessary attitude shifts. Please help stop the discrimination against herbal cannabis users and those of us who acknowledge the necessity of including industrial hemp in our agriculture. Thank you.

    • CJ MACINTOSH

      Time to wake up it only a bad dream your having !

    • Nathaniel

      So get ready to be waiting for many many many a year before you see that, but perhaps edibles might be on the menu for theaters, but smoke nor vapor will ever be allowed to roam free in a confined space except for in bars/cafes that cater to cannabis.

  • PhDScientist

    If you’re working for the legalization of Medical Marijuana, a simple request —

    Call the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111 every single day until the President takes action. Get your friends to do it too, and to get their friends to do it as well.

    Call your Senators and Congressman/woman, and get everyone you know to do the same, and to get everyone they know to do it too, and to pass the idea on.

    With luck, the effort will viral.

    Americans, including American Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly.

    You can make a difference. Use phones, social media, every form of communication you can.

    Medical Marijuana Saves Lives.

    It is immoral to leave Marijuana illegal for even one second longer.

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta says it best —

    “In many cases, Marijuana is the only Medicine that works”

    “We should legalize Marijuana. We should do it nationally. And we should do it NOW”

    • CJ MACINTOSH

      I have a really simple test for whether or not a drug is dangerous.like there trying to do with MARIJUANA !

      How hard will users work to get it legalized?

      How much money will they spend.

      How many lies and exaggerations will they tell.

      How much rhetoric will they use, how hard will they work to indoctrinate other users.

      How willing are they to be dishonest with THEMSELVES.

      If a drug drives millions of people to lie, exaggerate, con, beg, and addict their friends….Every day on Facebook I see people willing to share absolutely absurd “facts” about marijuana. Anyone with half a brain can figure out that at the very least it’s an exaggeration, and more likely a flat out lie.

      And no one, to my knowledge has ever lied, exaggerated, mislead people to get Broccoli !

      • Lee Lee

        You need to cite specific claims and then back your argument with sources that refute these claims. You sound bombastic and silly with all your generalities.

        • jdub

          This guy obviously either works for nsa,some other form of the gov, some company That prophets off of cannabis being illegal or is mentally retarded to say it nicely

  • Nathaniel

    I am fine with the piece meal approach we are being forced to undergo, but not having Ca on board just seems wrong. It would be extremely nice if the supporters in state could find enough common ground to make this happen this election cycle. ≈15% of the nation’s population would be legalized in one passed ballot measure and would only leave Hawaii lagging behind on the west coast.

  • CJ MACINTOSH

    Not so fast :
    The Obama Administration continues to oppose legalization of marijuana and other illegal drugs because this approach runs counter to the public health approach to drug policy. Evidence shows our drug problem is a major public health and safety threat, and drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated. Legalizing drugs would increase their availability and normalize their use, leading to increased negative health consequences, particularly among young people. Drug legalization also undermines preventative health strategies, a keystone in improving overall public health in the United States.
    • In 2011, approximately 4.2 million people met the diagnostic criteria for abuse or dependence on marijuana.ii
    • Marijuana use is associated with addiction,iii respiratory illnesses,iv and cognitive impairment.v
    • Marijuana is also the second leading substance for which people receive drug treatmentvi and a major
    cause for visits to emergency rooms.vii
    • Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years,viii raising serious
    concerns about implications for public health – especially among adolescents, for whom long-term use of marijuana may be linked with lower IQ (as much as an average 8 point drop) later in life.ix
    MARIJUANA USE POSES SIGNIFICANT RISKS TO PUBLIC HEALTH
    Marijuana places a significant strain on our health care system, and poses considerable danger to the health and safety of the users themselves, their families, and our communities. We know that marijuana i use, particularly long-term, chronic use that began at a young age, can lead to dependence and addiction. Marijuana is not a benign drug:
    INCREASED AVAILABILITY LEADS TO INCREASED HEALTH AND SAFETY COSTS
    Scientific research shows us that increasing the availability of drugs can lead to increased use, and growth in the consequences of that use:
    • Legality increases the availability and acceptability of drugs, as we see with alcohol and tobacco – which far outpaces the use of illegal drugs.x
    • Increased availability and acceptability of marijuana would likely lead to increased consumption of the drug.xi
    • Increased consumption leads to higher public health and financial costs for society. Addictive substances like alcohol and tobacco, which are legal and taxed, already result in much higher social costs than the revenue they generate. The cost to society of alcohol alone is estimated to be more than 15 times the revenue gained by their taxation.xii
    LEGALIZATION WILL NOT SOLVE PUBLIC HEALTH OR SAFETY CHALLENGES
    Research also shows that policies that would make drugs more available would likely not eliminate the black market or improve public health and safety. Recent reports from the nonpartisan RAND Institute found that the potential economic benefits from legalization had been overstated:xiii,xiv
    • Marijuana legalization would not eliminate the black market for the drug.
    • And dramatically lowered prices could mean substantially lower potential tax revenue for states.
    It is for these reasons the Administration continues to oppose legalization, and instead focuses on drug prevention, treatment, support for recovery, and innovative criminal justice strategies to break the cycle of drug use and crime. This approach is helping improve public health and safety in communities across the United States.
    This comes from : Whitehouse.Gov

    • jdub

      You sound crazy as all heck! You state all these lies about cannabis while using a racial slur marijuana . the idea that cannabis use causes illnesses is suck a joke . lmfao the largest health study on the effects of smoking found that some one who uses cannabis and no tobacco gets copd at the same rate as ppl who don’t smoke. They also get lung cancer at 500% less then someone who doesn’t smoke, and they get other forms of cancer 6000% less then ppl who don’t smoke. Cannabis is the healthiest substance you can put into your body.

      • CJ MACINTOSH

        Speaking of Delusional
        It is always funny to me when an article that posts something negativewhen about Marijuana–even ones from research from top Universities–that you STILL will have people dismiss it.
        They will think of EVERYTHING—and make up something that they think in their mind dismisses facts. It is truly unbelievable.
        Because when you attack there habit your attacking them ! Watch the posting attack me for speaking up ! ( just look at his grammar ) First they ask for where you get your research info. So they can TRY to dismiss it , then attack me some more , WE all know putting any carcinogen in your body is bad ( YES THERE CARCINOGEN IN MARIJUANA! ) no I don’t need to prove anything . Anyone who thinks putting any kind of CARCINOGEN in there body will be helpful to there health would never change there mind ! Now let the attack begin ! But for your information I don’t read or responded back because your a pot head , and you and your kind only attack my posting because your HOOKED ON YOUR DRUG ! And you feel the need to justify your habit or to join in with other DRUGIES to be part of some kind of movement , ” hey JDub , I have a really simple test for whether or not a drug is dangerous.like there trying to do with MARIJUANA !

        How hard will users work to get it legalized?

        How much money will they spend.

        How many lies and exaggerations will they tell.

        How much rhetoric will they use, how hard will they work to indoctrinate other users.

        How willing are they to be dishonest with THEMSELVES.

        If a drug drives millions of people to lie, exaggerate, con, beg, and addict their friends….Every day on Facebook I see people willing to share absolutely absurd “facts” about marijuana. Anyone with half a brain can figure out that at the very least it’s an exaggeration, and more likely a flat out lie.

        And no one, to my knowledge has ever lied, exaggerated, mislead people to get Broccoli ! Hey JHUB your moms yelling ” your PopTart ready oh boy blueberry !

        • saynotohypocrisy

          We don’t need to prove anything to a fascist pig liar like you either. Cheers.

        • jdub

          You quote studies that are not scientific . when you quote studies that can not be reduplacated by 3rd party researchers then all your quoting is propaganda not science

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            Saynotohhypocris : “Boo hoo he talking against our DRUG in our on house ”

          • Lee Lee

            Say something to me that proves you are a human being and not a copy-and-paste troll. Are you payed to do what you do?

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            In heaven I will be paid handsomely

          • jdub

            Yeah in heaven your going to get paid for lying about the herb Jesus ,king David ,king Solomon ,all the disciples , and all the Jewish priest used to make the holy anointing oil out of . you sound soooooooooooo stupid

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            Really listen to your self !

          • jdub

            the truth hurts doesn’t it. Your in denial about your so called jesus Christ. Your so called jesus used to smoke weed too. The oldest church is the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. It was founded by saint mark and they used cannabis oil as the holy sacrament . that was established in 30 ad. the bull crap jesus you talk about was made up 300 ad and has as much to do with reality as the brain dead fabricated facts you spew.

            and it is soooooooooooooooooo funny as you lie and make up cocaine is the best topical anesthetic. LOL you sound like a walking joke. There is a topical anesthetic made from cocaine but it is only used when the patient has allergies to all other kinds of topical anesthetic.
            Your argument compairing cocaine to cannabis is retarded at best. And yes there are stores everywhere to sell heroin. they are called walgreens and cvs stupid!

          • jdub

            Sara Benetowa discovered that the Kaneh-Bosm or Cannabis is mentioned 5 times in the Old Testament. The first occurrence appears in the Holy Anointing Oil as Calamus, (Exodus 30:23). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_anointing_oil

          • jdub

            its already been proven that any where in the bible where they talk about the calamus plant that it is a mistranslation of kaneh bosm or fragrant cannabis (meaning the female cannabis plant)

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            I believe they also talks about another plant called The Apple Tree that didn’t turn out to be so good, I believe they put it there and called it ! temptation! I believe there was a woman trying to sell it saying yeah have a bite it’ll be alright! just like my hearing from the pro-marijuana people!

          • jdub

            The tree of knowledge wasn’t an Apple tree. Apple’s are good for you stupid. Kaneh bosm is what god told Moses in the old testament to take with him out of Egypt and to use it to make the holy anointing oil used by all the ppl from the bible. So I guess even though God told his ppl to use cannabis in the bible it’s bad because the kkk made up the racial slur marijuana in the 30s and said blacks Latinos and Asians would rape and murder white ppl. You don’t understand even your religion yet alone the lies you are spreading online. Every person who dies from cancer or aids blood has stained your so called Christian hands. It’s funny how Christ said his followers are suppose to go out and heal the sick not prevent the sick from getting a medicine Christ used and made

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            I believe they also talks about another plant called The Apple Tree that didn’t turn out to be so good, I believe they put it there and called it ! temptation! I believe there was a woman trying to sell it saying yeah have a bite it’ll be alright! just like my hearing from the pro -marijuana people!

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            Hey smarty pants I am talking about Adam and Eve and the apple tree and the serpent in the Garden of Eden, the whole stories about temptation just like marijuana is! and if you remember the story right that one plant ruin the Garden of Eden just like marijuana will do

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            I believe they also talks about another plant called The Apple Tree that didn’t turn out to be so good, I believe they put it there and called it ! temptation! I believe there was a woman trying to sell it saying yeah have a bite it’ll be alright! just like my hearing from the pro-marijuana people! And by the way your o button is stuck !

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            Is your o button stuck !

          • jdub

            Boo boo science says smoking cannabis is the healthiest thing you can do. Ppl who use the term marijuana are racist and support the kkk

          • saynotohypocrisy

            You’re the in house demagogue. Congrats.

          • saynotohypocrisy

            You meant to say own house? You can’t even be bothered to take two seconds to proofread a short post? Do you know what the word proofread means?

          • jdub

            Boo boo he is not believing the propaganda I’m trying to push on him. Its 2015 maybe 20 % of the population believes your lies. What brings my heart joy is that by the time Your elderly all of the medicines the doctor is going to give you are going to be cannabis based

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            I think you better revise that 20% number Florida and Ohio said No ! And you Pot heads wasted $ 25,000,000 trying to get it legalize to no avail! Poor loser !

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            so why do we need recreational

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            Anyone who thinks putting any kind of CARCINOGEN in there body will be helpful to there health would never change there mind ! Now let the attack begin ! But for your information I don’t read or responded back because your a pot head , and you and your kind only attack my posting because your HOOKED ON YOUR DRUG ! And you feel the need to justify your habit or to join in with other DRUGIES to be part of some kind of movement ,

          • jdub

            Any one who would ignore the largest ever scientific study on the health effects of smoking would have to be brain dead at best! You copy and past propaganda that has as much h to do with science as Harry potter and then you SAY DUMB STATEMENTS THAT GO AGAINST science facts. Give it a rest bro. Science says using cannabis promotes the regrowth of brain cells while tobacco and liquor promote the death of brain cells. Sounds to me by your comments you have been frying your brain with one or the other.

        • jdub

          You sound retarded. The biggest health study on the effects of smoking was commissioned by the health department. They looked at over 20k ppl. They studied every case of lung throat and mouth disease and cancers in the greater los angles area. They found that some one who smokes weed gets copd at the same rate as some one who doesn’t smoke at all. They also found that someone who smokes cannabis gets lung cancer at a rate 500% less then some one who doesn’t smoke and gets all other forms of cancer at a rate of 6000% less then someone who doesn’t smoke at all. So wtf are you talking about you shill!

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            Oh sorry with that evidence let’s just add another vice to the world how well is
            the ones working out then we got

          • jdub

            Yeah cannabis prevents cancer. Cancer is the no 1 killer in the USA. So f cancer and f you for trying to spread propaganda to keep the cure for cancer illegal

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            If has medical properties like everybody says , why do we have marijuana dispensaries it needs to in the hands of doctors , pharmacies , hospitals only , because I do believe it does help a small number of children only about 20-30% with seizures from the videos and from what I read from parents with children that are having seizures .
            They will think of EVERYTHING—and make up something that they think in their mind dismisses facts. It is truly unbelievable.
            With as much anger thats showing here it maybe a Drug-induced psychosis: The use of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, LSD amphetamines and alcohol can sometimes cause psychotic symptoms to appear.A person will have symptoms of schizophrenia and symptoms of a mood disturbance, either at the same time or alternating over time.
            Depression with psychotic features: A person has severe depression and symptoms of psychosis without the mania associated with bipolar disorder.

        • jdub

          Good argue against scientific facts your retard !

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            Retard is a bad word

          • jdub

            So is marijuana . you use a racial slur against a plant that cures cancer. That makes you a giant piece of s#=t

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            Pot as medicine : The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. considers cocaine to be a valuable anesthetic and vasoconstricting agent when used as part of the treatment of a patient by a physician. No other single drug combines the anesthetic and vasoconstricting properties of cocaine.
            So if cocaine is used as medicine why is there not cocaine shops ,
            Now that makes as much sense as just because marijuana is being used by doctors we need to legalize it for recreational use !
            So just as cocaine is used by doctors only that the way marijuana should be !
            But people that are really just wanting to get high on marijuana use the benefits of pot as there stepping stone to legalize pot for all !
            The News and internet is being manipulated by ones who are going to profit Billions of dollars from legalization marijuana ! Marijuana and Mental Health: A number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia with age at first use to be an important risk factor. High doses of marijuana can produce an acute psychotic reaction. And when your experiment with marijuana doesn’t work out why should taxpayers have pay for your medical expenses the rest of your life !

          • jdub

            You use a racial slur repeatedly in this form. Then you say that even though cannabis is antiphyscotoc so it some how causes schizophrenia or cannabis is an anti depressant so some how it magically causes depression or because cannabis has anti anxiety properties so that magically makes ppl have anxiety . you sound retarded fool

    • jdub

      This comes from whitehous.gov is the dumbest most unscientific place to get majiruana info from.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      “Addictive substances like alcohol and tobacco, which are legal and taxed, already result in much higher social costs than the revenue they generate. The cost to society of alcohol alone is estimated to be more than 15 times the revenue gained by their taxation”.

      Thanks for making our point. Those two drugs are mega-killers and maimers. Check with the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control to see how much of a killer cannabis is. You have heard of the CDC haven’t you?

  • PhDScientist

    There’s no bigger “rush” than saving a life.
    There’s no bigger high than the feeling you get saving the life of a Child — and its a real, deep feeling of satisfaction.
    Its why people go into Medicine.
    You can save countless lives by working for the 50 state legalization of Medical Marijuana.
    I’m working on saving lives on a massive scale.
    I’m devoting my life life to saving lives and helping people who are suffering.
    There’s no greater high than saving the life of a Child.
    That’s why people like Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and so many other super-successful people do what they do after becoming Billionaires or President of the US.
    When you work for the 50 state legalization of Medical you’re working to save lives.
    There’s no bigger high than that — and it doesn’t wear off.

    • CJ MACINTOSH

      If it has medical properties like everybody says , why do we have marijuana dispensaries it needs to in the hands of doctors , pharmacies , hospitals only , because I do believe it does help a small number of children only about 20-30% with seizures from the videos and from what I read from parents with children that are having seizures .

      And let’s all remember where I live Columbia’s Mo. Our first police officer was was killed by a man high on marijuana, so was American sniper Hero he was also killed by a man high on marijuana! “.

      Marijuana and Mental Health: A number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia with age at first use to be an important risk factor. High doses of marijuana can produce an acute psychotic reaction. And when your experiment with marijuana doesn’t work out why should taxpayers have pay for your medical expenses the rest of your life !

      We’ve seen lives damaged. We’ve seen deaths directly attributed to marijuana legalization. We’ve seen marijuana slipping through Colorado’s borders. We’ve seen marijuana getting into the hands of kids.”

      • jdub

        You sound like you have a mental retardation. You would have to be quite delousinal to believe what you posted. The united states gov has a magic power to get results from marijuana studies that can’t be reproduced by 3rd party bias studies .

        • jasen joseph hylbert

          That propagandist is just skewing the dialogue about cannabis. Their words are some weird perversion of the concept of modern human communication.

      • Falcon89

        Aside from all of that being bullshit, people already use cannabis.

        P.S. Cannabis is the ONLY thing that kills the most deadly childhood cancer [DIPA- Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Astrocytoma]
        It does this through apoptosis (cell suicide- clean cell death), antiangiogenesis (stops new vessels from feeding tumors), and autophagy (tumors eat themselves, leaving nothing behind to cause necrosis). I have DIPA and thanks to THC, I have lived A DECADE past diagnosis with a tumor that usually kills within SIX MONTHS of diagnosis. Thanks to THC, I have a wife and daughter that depend on me. If we expand access, I could grow my own cannabis and could finally afford to CURE my cancer (takes 1-2 pounds of high grade oil to get 2 ounces of cannabis oil, which is taken sublingually over 90 days to eradicate almost any tumor). Unfortunately, prohibition reigns supreme.

        Unlike you, I have evidence to back my claims:
        Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol induces apoptosis in C6 glioma cells
        http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014579398010850

        Cannabidiol as potent anticancer drug
        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3579246/

        Cannabinoid action induces autophagy-mediated cell death through stimulation of ER stress in human glioma cells
        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2673842/

        NIH (National Institutes on Health) & NCI (National Cancer Institute)

        Cannabis and Cannabinoids–for health professionals (PDQ®)
        http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq

        • saynotohypocrisy

          Falcon just ran rings around you, CJ. Cheers.

    • jasen joseph hylbert

      Nobody should be required to have a perscription for herbal cannabis. If you are really wanting to help people and save lives then you would not want to require people to have a prescription… The research you are talking about happening could still happen while facilitating and encouraging large scale self provision of herbal cannabis so that the price drop would effectively take funding away from terrorist groups, which would save a lot of lives. Why would you only advocate for medical? Medical can sti happen while allowing the large scale facilitation of self provision of herbal cannabis. While herbal cannabis is certainly helpful for people with serious illnesses, there is no denying that it is also very important as a safe alternative to alcohic beverage consumption, commercial cigarette use and drug pill abuse. Hemp in and of itself is tremendouy healing and nutritious and the high level of health that hemp food promotes will certainly keep people alive and be a part of saving the lives of seriously ill people. Healing is a noble profession, but if someone wants to use herbal cannabis for purely recreational reasons then that must be allowed as well and not allowing recreational cannabis to be used and self provided on a large scale amounts to a situation with unacceptable inefficiencies, higher death rates and damaged natural resources. Please if you want your medical marijuana research respected you must also respect the diverse wants of people who use herbal cannabis for recreational reasons or for medical reasons which would not warrant a prescription under restricted situations. Some people do not have the time or money to go see a doctor for a prescription for cannabis, and/ or do not want to have to obtain a prescription from a doctor. Considering the fact that herbal cannabis has no negative side effects associated with its use, there is no moral justification for requiring a prescription. Requiring prescriptions for herbal cannabis is a farce – if someone choses willingly to talk to their doctor about medical cannabis reccomendations I am all for that, but there is no reason to require as much.

  • PhDScientist

    We need to get large scale double blind clinical trials of High Dose Medical Marijuana Oil Therapy (HDMMOT) going IMMEDIATELY.
    Cancer Patients are seeing amazing results even at Stage 4, and there are very strong arguments from a basic science standpoint for why that should be the case.
    HDMMOT is a general form of Immunotherapy against a wide range of Cancers.
    Its imperative that we get large scale double blind clinical trials of it going IMMEDIATELY.

  • Bob Tox

    The problem with the investors is that while they may not mind
    loosing their money, the investment is probably the worst thing that
    could happen.

    OK maybe not. Widespread marijuana growth would
    saturate the market. It probably be about $50 a pound shopping around
    ultimately.

    That price drop would fade the medical marijuana industry which DOES take up the casual user market due to the voluntary aspect of the overhead.

    At
    what point are we going to start buying marijuana on the internet? I
    see that with prescription drugs there are CII and CI pharmaceuticals
    available by mail order and they are not being stopped. The flyby nights may not be the only thing out there. You’d come to that when maximizing profits from a invested standpoint.

    I only
    come about this particular issue because the price of drugs is
    increasing without a corresponding cause for it to do so. Very
    unreasonable. The same drugs are available in Europe for much less. It
    kind of surprising that a website would offer the price inflated
    American stuff. It’s selling heroin — the import/export thing is a
    minor detail. It’s not that difficult to get a manufacture in another
    country to send you it’s product. They don’t advertise this because it
    is not supposed to be happening unless there is a need for it to happen.
    Used to do this by mail. The drugs do go through the drug control
    systems of both countries for controlled substances, AFAIK.

  • Bob Tox

    The problem with the investors is that while they may not mind
    loosing their money, the investment is probably the worst thing that
    could happen.

    OK maybe not. Widespread marijuana growth would
    saturate the market. It probably be about $50 a pound shopping around
    ultimately.

    That
    price drop would fade the medical marijuana industry which DOES take up
    the casual user market due to the voluntary aspect of the overhead.

    At
    what point are we going to start buying marijuana on the internet? I
    see that with prescription drugs there are CII and CI pharmaceuticals
    available
    by mail order and they are not being stopped. The flyby nights may not
    be the only thing out there. You’d come to that when maximizing
    profits from a invested standpoint.

    • Falcon89

      You can already buy cannabis online legally in Canada and through certain dispensaries in the USA. You can also buy it online illegally (I know someone who buys online from a grower in California)

  • Ham’Diya Lane

    It’s so interesting that Cannabis has to go through all of these test,, in the meantime reschedule the cannabis, let’s the patients who want to grow it and anyone else who wants to for personal consumption.. All legal drugs can and will kill you, they have warning labels yet still on the market, It’s an acceptable risk.. Cannabis does not have toxic tenancy this is fact.

  • saynotohypocrisy

    Do we need to add Ohio to the list now that RO says they’ll be back?