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Medical Marijuana Plan Crafted For Georgia – Activists Offer Up Comprehensive Plan

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Georgia medical marijuanaRecently, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation making Illinois the 20th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Meanwhile, Georgia activists say they want Georgia to be the next state to consider reform legislation and have published a report on how to achieve their goals.

James Bell, director for Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform & Education (Georgia C.A.R.E.), said Georgia is ready to consider historic legislation allowing for medical marijuana.

In a seven page report (A Guide to Enacting Medical Marijuana in Georgia) Georgia CARE outlines the steps Georgia must take to remove criminal penalties, allow doctors to recommend therapeutic use and provide for a legal and safe source of medical marijuana.

“We believe the people of Georgia will support our efforts to allow patients with serious medical conditions to use marijuana under doctor’s supervision. We’re ready to take our plan to state lawmakers”, Bell said.  ”In 1980 Georgia was one of the first states in the nation to pass a compassionate medical marijuana law. We believe Georgia lawmakers are no less compassionate today. We should not treat patients like criminals.”

From the report: Four key principles for effective Georgia medical marijuana laws

 

1. Define what is a legitimate medical use of marijuana by requiring a person who seeks legal protection to (a) have a medical condition that is sufficiently serious or debilitating, and (b) have the approval of his or her medical practitioner;

2. Avoid provisions that would require physicians or government employees to violate federal law in order for patients to legally use medical marijuana;

3. Provide at least one of the following means of obtaining marijuana, preferably all three: (a) permit patients to cultivate their own marijuana; (b) permit primary caregivers to cultivate marijuana on behalf of patients; and (c) authorize nongovernmental organizations to cultivate and distribute marijuana to patients and their primary caregivers.

4. Implement a series of sensible restrictions, such as prohibiting patients and providers from possessing large quantities of marijuana, prohibiting driving while under the influence of marijuana, and so forth.

 

Georgia CARE is working with a diverse coalition of groups and individuals dedicated to educating the public, media and legislators concerning the medical marijuana issue.

Georgia CARE is seeking legislative sponsorship for the 2014 legislative session and is planning a symposium on Cannabis Therapeutics at Emory University in January 2014.

For more information visit our website www.gacareproject.com

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  1. Sounds like you’re arguing, as you’re making an argument for the existence of god called the Teleological argument, aka, “the existence of a watch implies a watch maker.” The assertion of the argument, if I’m hearing you correctly, is the utility of naturally existing *stuff* like eye balls and the bacterial flagellum could have come to be, or that the fact that there is any stuff at all, regardless of utility, must imply a creator of some kind.
    The fact is, it’s not random. Natural selection accounts for all the useful stuff in nature that wasn’t specifically designed by a man — especially things like the eye ball, the immune system, bacterial flagella, which are things that increase the fitness of an organism in out-competing others for food and resources. The old “survival of the fittest” chest nut — natural selection.
    If you’re saying that the mere fact that stuff, any stuff at all, exists — talking about the Universe, wholly — implies someone/something created it, that’s not necessarily true. Just because all things in the set of The Universe were, at one time or another, “created” doesn’t imply the set as a whole has the same attribute. It’s called the composition fallacy.
    Now, to pre-empt the response I’m going to get, I’m going to tell you why I know, with certainty, that an all powerful, all knowing, perfectly good deity does not exist. Consider the four premises: (1) God knows everything, (2) God is all powerful, (3) God is perfectly moral, and (4) there is needless evil and suffering in the world. One of those four premises must be false, because an all powerful, all knowing, loving god would not allow needless suffering/evil. And no, the “it’s all part of god’s plan” does not work as a defense, as that would imply there wasn’t a way for god to achieve his goals (whatever they allegedly are) without causing someone to suffer in some way. Even if you want to give a pass to that problem, it doesn’t explain why there is so *much* needless suffering.
    At the end of the day, you end up trying to argue that god knows best, because god knows *everything* — at which point you realize that simple fact means free will is impossible. God knows if/when I’m going to get coffee in the morning, he knows if I’ll change my mind at the last minute, he knows — everything. No more free will. Which begs the question — why do people need to be doomed to eternal perdition for doing something god knew was going to occur, presumably, before *any* people even existed. And you can’t simply say “Well, god *doesn’t* know *that* stuff — no making epistemic exceptions when you say the guy knows absolutely everything.
    As soon as you come to grips with these realities — these logical truths — that are all consistent with the premise “there is no god,” you find you’re a lot less upset with the inconvenient, often dire circumstances life randomly throws at you, because there *isn’t* actually some omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent father-figure throwing obstacles into your life just to “test you” or whatever. You don’t shake your fist at the sky and demand to know “WHY ME, OH GOD?!?!” You simply go about the best way of helping yourself out of whatever those bad circumstances are without wasting any time or energy on superstitions that only confuse and anger you.

  2. If someone believes that there is no God, then how did all of this world come to be? A simple toothpick has to have a creator, and especially a whole box of them. So how could one explain even one functioning cell in our bodies without the premise of a Creator? Not arguing, just wondering how someone who does not believe in God thinks everything came to be.

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  6. No, I have a problem with people like yourself who are fakes and liars. I have respect for people who have legitimate faith — not an agenda. And that’s what you have, Jose — an agenda. I don’t agree with people of faith, being an atheist, but I do *respect* them.
    That’s why I don’t respect YOU, Jose. You’re not trying to spread the word, you’re not a messenger, you’re an addict who is willing to co-opt religion and pervert it for your own ends. I’ve met men and women who are truly pious. You, Jose, are not. You just want to get high, and you think a church is a convenient excuse.

  7. You seem to have a troublesome problem with churches. Did some preacher sexually abuse you as a child?

    We need to see how RC replies to my response to him. When he said that he was going to switch his religion from Christian to something else, we do not yet know if that something else is atheism or the Church of Smoke.

  8. I refer to you as the mob rule that the Constitution protects me from. It’s what happens when you have a representative republic instead of a democracy.

    When you start name calling, it only diminishes what little credibility you have left.

  9. Ya, just keep leaving these little drops of honey for your future parishioners. You’ll get butts in the seats of your fake church with such a sunny, welcoming, and *genuine* persona.
    I mean, it isn’t like we’ve already established you want to smoke weed so badly that you’re willing to orchestrate a LIE — apologies, I meant to say orchestrate a *defense* within religion.
    Take RC, for example. I told you Christians don’t appreciate having their religion co-opted by people with ulterior motives. RC appears to agree with me, the atheist, and not you, the self-purported believer and not-so-surreptitious con man.

  10. Um, ya — that’s where you’re wrong. The 1st amendment protects you against persecution by the GOVERNMENT — not me. It doesn’t give you a free pass for *whatever* with *whoever*, pal. For example, the your first amendment rights are not being violated when I call you an idiot and a con man.

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